Guitar Lessons and Beginners
I am writing this at the end of 2008. This is a time of year
when many new budding guitar players will have been given new
guitars for christmas and are mad keen to start playing and
learning the guitar immediately. Guitar lessons and beginners
is a bit of a fraught subject because not all courses will suit
Think About What You Want To Play
You probably already know what type of music you want to
play. So look for tutorial books or teachers that will teach
you what want to learn. I once had a pupil who was desperate to
learn how to play Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven. It took us
20 weeks of lessons before we got to it. I never saw him again
after that lesson. Important side note: NEVER ever play
stairway to heaven on a guitar in a music. You will probably be
thrown out or at least laughed at simply because so many try to
play this song on a guitar. (Deep Purples Smoke in the water is
another no no in music shops)
My point at the start of this paragraph was simply to say
learn what you want to learn and then branch out. I am amazed
that I moved on to classical guitar and rock guitar when all I
wanted 35 years ago was to play guitar like James Taylor.
Start With Learning Chord Arrangements
Find some easy play versions of the songs you are interested
in. If you are having lessons from a teacher then they will
write out a few simple arrangements of songs you want to
Move as quickly as you can to the full song versions
You can start with the easy guitar versions of songs but you
should try to find some songs where you are playing the full
versions as soon as possible. The first skill you need to learn
as a beginner is to change easily from one chord to the next.
This needs to become an automatic thing that you can do without
looking at your fingers and without thinking.
Guitar lessons And Practice
When you are having lessons you should practice at least 3
times a day for 5 minutes. Little and often practice will get
you playing well within weeks. If you do not practice the
guitar you are cheating yourself. If you have a guitar teacher
they will know whether you have practiced or not.
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