I often get asked the question of how long it takes to learn guitar. My answer usually varies because, to tell you the truth, there is no set time limit. And of course, how do you determine when you think you have actually accomplished your goal? While some think having learned guitar only includes being able to play a few simple songs, others are speaking of being able to play professionally. Also, the amount of time it takes varies depending on your learning style and the amount of time and dedication that you intend to commit to practice and the process. Continue reading “How Long Should it Take to Learn to play Guitar?” »
There are more than a few ways to get training for the guitar these days. So before you decide on the best course or method for you to learn how to play guitar you have to fully understand your goals and objectives and really understand your own personal learning style. Only then, will you be able to apply that knowledge to finding the right course or other guitar instruction for you. Here are a few of the types guitar lessons that are available:
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One of the most useful tools you can benefit from when you are beginning to learn guitar is a basic guitar chord chart. Having a good chord chart at your fingertips will make it possible for you to learn any song that you might find the chord sheets for. You will want to make sure and find a chart that contains both basic guitar chords and also the more advanced chords that are often utilized in Jazz, Blues, and other such styles.
Most of the charts that you will find online tend to leave a bit more to be desired. They are either difficult to read, only have a limited selection of chords, or only show one or two voicing for each chord. In reality there are a ton of combinations and voicings that can often help you to spice up a song a bit if you know how to play them. So when I found this ultimate chord chart over at JamPlay I decided I had to let you guys know about it.
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Today I wanted to teach you a little about how to play harmonics on the guitar. Harmonics refers to a bell like sound that can be heard when lightly placing your finger over certain frets on the fret board. There are several interesting playing techniques that can incorporate these sounds. The great thing about harmonics is that even a beginner guitarist can try them out easily. However, I put this in the advanced category because some of the pinch or artificial harmonics techniques can become a bit difficult. Continue reading “Learning to Play Harmonics on Guitar” »
If you are getting frustrated in your guitar training adventure then you may be thinking about smashing it into something just like a sledgehammer. It’s easy to want to give up when you try to play the first few practice sessions and all you are left with is tired sore fingers and a ringing in your ears. Almost every musician faces this obstacle at some point and it is those that overcome the temporary discomfort or the boredom from practicing the same piece over and over that become accomplished musicians. So I present to you five reasons not to use your guitar as a sledgehammer! :-)
1. It’s Really not That Difficult – Ok, I know it may seem like you will never play that first chord without the strings making an awful buzzing sound. You may think that the scale, or lead riff, or barre chord that you are trying to get down is impossible for you but I guarantee you that it is not. If you are just starting, just know that it only takes a couple of weeks of regular practice to build good calluses on your fingers and to pick up your first couple of simple songs. If you have been learning for a while and have hit a wall then you should know that one day things will just snap and your fingers will start cooperating even on the most complicated song or guitar piece you are trying to play.
2. It Makes You Smarter – How would you like to improve the functionality of your brain while playing music rather than studying in books? Not only do those who learn to play guitar or another instrument experience improvements in finger dexterity and the ability to decipher sounds more easily but they also have greater verbal capabilities and overall perform better academically. Continue reading “5 Reasons Not to Use Your Guitar as a Sledgehammer” »