Guitar tips for beginners
Guitars are one of the most popular instruments of all time and it won’t be a surprise if you decide to learn how to play one since it doesn’t only sound amazing but is also fun to learn. Plus because of its popularity, you’re bound to find tons of guides, tutorials and even chords for every song you know which is partly why most people choose this instrument among the rest.
But before stepping into the learning process there are a couple of things you need to know and should consider that’ll make the process more easy and efficient. So if you’re interested to know more about it, Chapman’s Guitar has created a list of all guitar tips for beginners! Check them all out down below:
- Take your time when learning cords
One of the first things you have to learn when playing the guitar is its cords. Knowing each one individually is important so during the process, take your time. It’s best to know and master each cord before moving on to the next lesson. Mastering this will make the process of learning much easier so remember, don’t rush!
- Try to not look at your hands while playing
This is probably one of the most common habits beginners tend to make when learning. Although it’s a way to know what cord you’re forming, it can also develop a negative impact on your learning process since you’ll become more dependent on looking than actually familiarising the cords through touch. So when practising try to avoid constantly looking at your hands and try to memorise the cords through finger placements and touch.
- Try learning while standing up
This goes hand in hand with number 2 since playing while standing up is a great way to refrain you from looking at your hands. This will also make you more flexible when playing since you’ll be comfortable in any position may it be sitting down or standing up. What’s more, the likelihood of you performing standing up is high, so knowing how to do it earlier is preferable.
- Start simple
When purchasing your first guitar, start out with something simple. Because remember you’re still in the process of knowing if this instrument is either for you or not. So don’t go all out and purchase an expensive one that you might later on not care for. Plus learning on a simple guitar can take off the pressure of learning which will make the process more fun in the long run.
- Use thin strings
An additional tip, use thin strings! As a beginner, you’re likely bound to get sore fingers while practising but thinner strings will make it sore less since you’re using less finger strength to hold down cords. So when shopping for guitar strings go for a .009 for electric and .011 for acoustic guitars.