The guitar is an instrument that is hugely popular around the world. It has a long history dating back to the ancient times.
Although the first type of guitar was a type of stringed instrument (such as the harp, sitar and lute), it eventually evolved to the guitar, we have today.
As a beginner it can be quite daunting to learn how to play the guitar. There are so many things that one has to consider.
The most complex thing for beginners is to play more than one note at the same time.
Forming chords can be a complex phenomena. Playing bar chords can be very daunting in the beginning.
Here's 5 things that beginners should take into account when learning the guitar:
1. Progress takes time
You won't learn how to play the guitar in a day. You won't learn how to play the guitar in a week.
However, if you're faithful after only a few months, you should be able to play chords and bar chords reasonably fluent.
"Progress takes time" - keep this in mind when learning. Rome wasn't built in a day neither with your guitar playing be.
2. Bar chords are only difficult at the beginning.
If it's your first time playing bar chords, you might think you can never get it right.
The truth is that chords very difficult to play in the first stages of learning. After a number of months, sometimes
many months (depending on the time and effort you put into your playing), bar chords will seem like second nature to you!
It will actually become easy to play chords!
3. Just take things a day at a time.
If you're really passionate, you will be tempted to jump the gun! The truth is that progress happens daily
in very small increments. Some days, you might feel as if you're going backwards. That is normal!
Just take things a day at a time and practice what you need to work on. If you're faithful, the returns will be huge!
Like anything in life, the returns are usually at a later stage! (The returns will come IF you are faithful)
4. Find a musical partner
Learning to play music by yourself can be a lonely task. Playing with someone else will help you to develop
your own musicality! It's also a huge amount of fun to play with others.
Look for someone who can play with you. If you don't know anyone in your immediate area, why not
post an ad on craigslist or gumtree?
Find a musical partner and you will develop much quicker!
5. Think outside of the box
Often when you're faced by a problem with the instrument such as learning how to strum in time, it helps
do think differently.
Try to analyse what you're doing from many perspectives. The great mathematician Jacob Jacobi said: "Invert,
If you follow his advice and look at things from many perspectives, your learning will be so much quicker!
On final thoughts, practice regularly, preferably daily rather than doing a marathon stretch once in a while.
Make sure you've got a remarkable teacher, as the world's best guitarists, investors, scientists, golfers, mathematicians, politicians, businessmen and women all learned from prominent mentors. A great mentor will help you develop 10 times faster than a mediocre teacher.
Stefan Joubert is a Virtuoso Guitarist, Instructor and Guitar mentor. He is currently teaching in his busy central London studio at the London Guitar Institute and around the world at the Internet Guitar Academy.
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