Learning To Play Guitar - It's Easier Than You Thought!

The guitar is obviously a very popular instrument with the ability to produce many different styles of music from every corner of the earth. However, I've heard 'non players' suggest that when learning how to play the guitar, you have to practice each day for hours, causing you to get sore fingers, even before you can strum the five chords to House Of The Rising Sun!
Thankfully, the truth is considerably different. Practice does make perfect, of course. But its possible to get great satisfaction from an instrument which many thousands of us already own. Learning guitar is more about putting aside some time and some effort and you'll be playing quite well before you even know it! Eventually you will be richly rewarded for your efforts, learning to play guitar well and go on enjoying the instrument for years to come.
Certainly the first few days of holding your guitar, understanding how to read chords, where you put your fingers and how to strum those chords, will initially keep you very busy! But just as when you first learn to drive, once the basics are mastered, such as engaging the clutch, selecting and changing gears, gas on the pedal etc, you quickly forget about all the little individual tasks which move you forward. And the guitar is no different, in that there is a clear learning process to go through, which we all pass at our own pace.
Putting the correct amount of pressure down to hear each note when starting off playing guitar chords is also really important to remember. Early on when you learn chords, its common to catch other strings. This passes when you become used to the shapes you need to make with your fingers through playing. During this stage, your fingers may indeed ache, but they will supple up and you'll find you have the ability to play a clearly audible variety of guitar chords.
At first its frustrating! But the greatest guitarists in the world all went through it themselves when they were learning how to play guitar and you will get past that stage too! So keep at it. Persistence and practice is the answer.
After a short time learning to play guitar, certain people feel disappointed if they cannot quickly learn guitar chords, pick up the instrument and play songs from groups they enjoy listening to. However, maintaining your interest in the guitar through regular practice, will help you to achieve success in learning to play well.
Based on how much regular time you put in to learn guitar chords and practice, you will be able to manage chords through turning your fingers into shapes that you didn't imagine would be possible a few weeks earlier! And (as long as you have a basic sense of rhythm), you will also be able to strum in time and along to the songs you enjoy!
Remember we all had to start somewhere. Back in the early days of The Beatles, George Harrison had to explain to John Lennon, he only had four strings instead of six on his guitar and was unaware at the time that he actually needed an extra two! Obviously, missing two strings back then made no difference to John Lennon becoming a world famous guitarist and music legend.
Before you run out and buy your first guitar, first of all decide what kind of music you would like to be able to play. The guitar you buy to learn on, is probably the most important choice you'll make affecting your progress, alongside starting to attend a guitar course, or finding a local guitar tutor for a small group or one-to-one sessions. Also, consider looking into the many popular online guitar tuition courses. These are interesting, purely because you can repeat them on your computer and learn entirely at your own pace.
It's true if you buy a beautiful Gibson Les Paul deluxe with gold plated machine heads, you'll be learning guitar on a wonderful and beautifully crafted instrument. But to get one to start off learning to play guitar with isn't required, unless of course you want to! Lots of newbie guitarists often either own or purchase a 'gut' or nylon strung 'Spanish style' guitar. This is ideal because you can learn all the basic disciplines of chords, chord pressure, strumming styles etc, without paying out too much and it starts you off learning. When you feel like making the move or adding to your collection, there are plenty of guitars to choose from in all different shapes, styles and price ranges!

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