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How To Learn To Play A Guitar
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Whether your young or old, whether you are into hard rock, jazz, hip hop, gangster rap or almost any other music, everyone loves guitars. Everybody! You wouldn't be reading this right now, if you didn't love guitars! In fact, you love guitars so much, that you want to to know how to learn to play a guitar yourself!

I must say, I have a lot of respect for you, for willing to learn something to add to your life. Whether you want to be a professional rock artist or just want to play a little something at a friends party or a wedding, you can learn how to play the guitar.

I'm going to give you some advice on how to learn to play a guitar. First, you need a guitar to play on. If you don't have one already, buy an acoustic guitar, not an electrical. If you only have an electric guitar, buy an acoustic guitar instead. I'll tell you why in a second.

This is how I learned to play guitar: I bought my first guitar after saving up for it for over a year (I was 8). The guitar came with a chord book. The chord book was organized in a way that the easiest chords were at the beginning and got progressively harder towards the end.

I started on the first page. There were some instructions on how to hold the chords down as you play. The trick is to keep your shoulders relaxed. When your shoulders are completely relaxed, your arms will be relaxed. And when your arms are relaxed, your hands will also be relaxed. Don't force your fingers too much, this will cause you to strain your wrist!

On the second page, were the first chords. It began with the C, D, E and G chords. I looked at the pictures and I thought "This is going to be easy". I studied how the guy in the picture was holding the C chord and I placed my fingers exactly like that on my guitar.

I strummed the strings and guess what? No sound... "That can't be right", I thought. "I'm holding my fingers exactly like that guy".

I looked at the instructions again and here's what it said: "If you're unable to produce a sound when strumming the chords, you're not putting enough pressure on the frets".

I realized that I had to build strength in my hand in order to play properly. And here's why you should start with an acoustic guitar: An electric guitar doesn't require much pressure at all!

Wait a minute.. Why should you start with something that is harder to do? You see, when you start out on an electric guitar and you get really good at it and someday you decide to play a song on an acoustic guitar, you will not be able to do it! Because you don't have the strength it takes to hold the chords down!

Furthermore, all you need is practice. First learn how to properly hold a guitar (check out some youtube vids) and then just start learning the chords. Practice them over and over again until you have them just right and you can switch quickly from one chord to another.

Just remember that practice makes perfect and ordinary things done consistantly, produce extraordinary results!

Have a very musical day!


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Good advice for the new guitar student......practical and encouraging.

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