The guitar is one of the most commonly played instruments and almost every person who creates music owns one. Therefore, it is only normal for people to want to get to know this instrument more.
As a music enthusiast who grew up with music, I completely understand you. I, myself, wondered the same thing a year ago: What is the easiest way to learn guitar online? I struggled for days, looking at websites, YouTube videos, even asking at local shops. Even though I looked and learned, I sometimes found myself at a dead end.
The thing is, today we are surrounded by information, it is natural to get overwhelmed sometimes. So, as a person who experienced the same situation as you some time ago, I’m gonna give you some advice and tips. After this article, you will have cleared some things up in your mind and will be ready to jam!
Find beginner guitar songs you’re into
I’m sure some of you have already done this. If you want to begin learning the guitar, you will need some music pieces to start. It’s best that you find a music genre that you like and start with easy songs. One of my first songs was A Horse Wiith No Name, which had two chords and basic strumming, I recommend it.
There are some cool famous riffs with tutorials online that anyone can master, you can check those out (there are too many and thy are everywhere, that’s why I don’t provide you with a certain link here). Make sure:
- You don’t hate the songs
- You have listened to them at least twice before playing them
- They have a tutorial available online
Buy an acoustic guitar
In order to learn to play the guitar, you need one, that’s obvious! You will have to buy an acoustic guitar to begin playing, an
electric guitar is not necessary. You can buy the electric guitar later, when you learn the basics. I have written an article about tips on how to buy an acoustic guitar, you can find it here. Also, I’ve written another article on buying an electric guitar, you can find that here.
Watch the tutorials carefully and practice
Honestly, listening to what the people on tutorials tell you will save you a bunch of time. Some of them offer websites and e books which teach you how to read the notes for guitar, and you don’t always have to pay for these (cool right?). All you need is to look for them.
Your online tutors will give you several tips and tricks on how to master the riffs and sound like a professional, I suggest you listen to them. I did the same mistake last year. I wanted to stick to the chords and the strumming, I was looking forward to beginning playing. Their advice is crucial to your playing, that’s why they give it to you in the first place.
Ask friends or the Web
You may know people who already learned how to play the guitar. That’s awesome. You can pick up their advice by just asking, trust me it’s worth it.
When I first started my research in order to be able to teach myself how to play the guitar, I asked my uncle where to find an acoustic guitar (because he is a music enthusiast as well). He was excited to help me and we talk about music since then, asking others is a great choice, provided that you have someone to ask of course!
The Web contains tons of information and is completely free to use. This means that it’s completely up to YOU to search and find. Trust me, the are tons of people who have learned the guitar and want to share their experience (like me!) and you can always ask us anything.
Buy a book
This step is optional, because all the guitar theory you need can be found online (not always free) but it would be better if you had a book that will be able to guide you and teach you step by step the guitar in theory and practice. I don’t have any book recommendations at the moment (because the books I used are not in English), but I will update this article as soon as I find something good out there.
You can go to a local store and ask the shop assistants to help you. I did this and they recommended me some of the best books that I use up until today. Some shop keepers assume that you learn with a teacher and they may seem unwilling to help. It’s alright. You can ask to see the books yourself and buy what seems to be the best choice.
The books usually have exercises to practice, and CDs to listen to as you play. They will be a helpful tool in your guitar learning experience.
Practice as much as you can
Some days you will find practicing the chords and the strumming exhausting. Speaking from experience, you will have many days like these and the only way to make guitar playing fun again is to keep on practicing.
Remember how far you’ve come. Learning without a teacher by your side is amazing on its own. At times like these you might want to practice more simple riffs, maybe the ones you learned at the beginning of your journey. Playing something that sounds good will uplift you rconfidence.
Someday, you’ll need to learn the harder riffs though. When this time comes, you need to give yourself as much time and patience as possible in order to achieve your goals. Push harder and harder every day and you WILL get where you want to be, trust me on this one.
I’m sure you will become an amazing guitar player one day, if you put in all the work of course! You will be able to show off to your friends and family your outstanding skills. Remember, behind every great guitarist there are tons of time and had work devoted to achieve that result.
Don’t ever give up! As the time goes by, you will find that your guitar skills will have improved dramatically. You may not see the improvement directly, but someday you will be thankful that you offered this time and effort to guitar playing.
If you agree, disagree or simply want to add anything on what I previously mentioned please leave a comment down below and I will get back at you as fast as I can.
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