STARTING  TO  PLAY

At this point we will look at what lessons beginners might consider to review to start playing the guitar immediately, learn more about the Guitar or Music in general.

There is nothing more boring or a faster way to kill your interest than trying to learn from a method book.   Especially, if you only want to learn to play for fun. Even most music teachers have recognized this and don't do this anymore. You should decide what it is you want to learn as it will keep your interest alive and growing.   We will point you to the possibilities, where to start to achieve your goals and why.   The options below will give you some direction as to what you might wish to pursue next and how to go about it.

TIPS:
  1. Never worry about speed. Any true professional musician will tell you that it's easier to play fast than play slow and in time.  Work on playing smoothly and in time ... you will soon learn that playing faster is actually easier once your fingers know where to go.

  2. Song books of your favourite artists can be used for learning both chords and melodies all of which you can apply the info from our lessons.

  3. Look over our section on PRACTICING TIPS.

If you wish to start playing songs right away then you should check out the GUITAR CHORD LESSONS with separate listings for Right or Left handed musicians.   You don't have to learn all of the chords shown as they are also a chord reference.   Here you will not only find a listing of several types of guitar chords but some exercises (located at the bottom of the page) consisting of groups of 3 common chords typically found in songs.   Try the exercises provided for getting a feel for changing chords as you would in a song.

Start learning and memorizing some basic chords such as;
- Major chords -> A, C, D, E, G
- Minor chords -> Am, Dm, Em
- Sevenths chords -> A7, C7, D7, E7, G7

All of these chords are the easier ones to play and learn. They are also chords found in a lot of songs.   You should also select music for songs or artists you would like to learn, however, don't pick something that is too hard to start with. Depending on the time of year seasonal songs are often a good place to begin.   You can always use our Chord lessons for chords that you need to look up.

Practicing songs that you want to learn has several advantages:
  1. Keeping your Interest level high is important. Practicing songs you want to know will help you to learn faster.
  2. You can use CD's or Tapes of your favourite artists to help you hear the song(s) you are learning.
  3. By playing along with a CD or Tape you are also working on your timing and dynamics.

If you would like to learn more about playing song melodies or solos then the SCALE LESSONS are an excellent place to start.   Why?   All song melodies or solos are based on scales.   Since you only need to play one note at a time they are also easier to learn then chords.

You will also be learning finger independence and strengthening your finger and hand muscles.   This will make it easier to learn chords as you go along or later, whatever best suits you.   You can use your abilities with scales to play along with songs from your favourite artist as mentioned above in the Chord section.   Song books of your favourite artist's also contain song melodies as well as chords so you can use the same book later for working with chords when you are ready.

Start learning and memorizing some basic scales such as;
  1. Major Scales - These are the most common scales used in songs and the basis of everything in music.
  2. Blues Scales - They are not only fun but used in a lot of different styles of music.
  3. Pentatonic Scales - Aspiring Rockers should also look at Pentatonic scales which are commonly heard in Rock, Fusion and Metal.

Once you have memorized a scale pattern, play around with it by making up melodies or using them to play even the most basic song melodies.   These might include seasonal songs, songs from your youth or a tune in your head.

If you have been looking at music books of your favourite artist or bought one you may be saying to yourself, "How do I know where to put my fingers?"

Most music books these days include Guitar Tablature which is form of guitar short-hand included below the score for those that don't read music. To see and learn more this check out our GUITAR TABLATURE LESSONS.

Some music books only use Chord Symbols and don't show the chord diagrams. No problem since we have all of this here.
 




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