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Tips to Play Acoustic Guitar

by on May.11, 2011, under General

These mini guitar lessons have been put together for the beginner acoustic guitar student who feels a  need to play music but is a bit short on steering.

Lesson One – What kind of guitar are you going to buy?

If you have a uncut idea of what kind of music you want to play, the next step is to find yourself a guitar.Let’s start with the basics – nylon string or steel string. A nylon string guitar was made to play classical and folk music. Acoustic guitars make their music by sending the vibration of the strings to the soundboard. The vibrations are then amplified in the body of the guitar. Nylon string guitars make a mellow tone; steel string guitars make a brighter, more metal(a) sound. One of the main things that will form you in deciding what kind of sound you want is the guitar your favorite performer plays.

If you are just starting out you will not need a top of the range guitar but it is best to get the nicest one in your price range. A cheap, poorly made guitar will be an stiff battle to play. A good instrument will make your practice sessions something to look forward to.

Try different guitars. See how the neck feels. Check out if one neck feels more comfortable to play than others. Another consideration is the distance of the strings from the fret board which is called the “action”. Low action is easier to play but if you are planning on strumming enthusiastically or picking loudly the guitar may have a tendency to buzz.

Lesson Two – Go ahead and learn.

The very first step toward learning to play acoustic guitar is to develop confidence and to overcome your instinctive reluctance to try new things. Lack of money, lack of time, or lack of a good teacher are three big obstacles to your guitar learning progress. The other three big obstacles are all you. You may be your own worst enemy. How do you respond to a challenge? Challenges are your friends. If you find yourself getting frustrated, and not wanting to continue your practice, it might be time to downsize your goal, at least for a while. If you have two chords that you have trouble with, work on the first one alone for a while. Once you have improved a little, go to the next one.

Lesson Three – Daily Practice

As far as your daily practice goes look at starting with half an hour a day. If you can do more, great, you’ll become a guitarist faster. The way you carry out your practice is crucial. Putting in the time isn’t the only requirement. If you rush or try to fit too much in, then you’re working against yourself. Err on the side of too little material at first. If you really are accomplishing what you set out to do in less than thirty minutes, then add a little more.

 Lesson Four – Tuning Your Guitar

You can find online guitar tuners to help you get your acoustic guitar in tune. Take a day or two of your practice time to get the knack of tuning. When you start to develop an ear for tuning, try tuning the guitar without the tuner.

 Lesson Five – Holding Your Acoustic Guitar

Long hours of practice can take their toll. Learning how to sit and play your acoustic guitar is an art in itself. There are places on the internet that have illustrations showing you how to sit when you’re playing, but it would be good to find somebody with a little experience to show you. But don’t just go with the way one person plays. If he’s self-taught, then you don’t want to pick up his bad habits!


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How Guitar Video Lessons Can Help

by on Apr.09, 2011, under General

Guitar video lessons have rapidly become a very popular and accessible way for nearly anyone to start playing the guitar without needing a dedicated instructor. As increasing numbers of people are learning the guitar, and they don’t want to pay for expensive private tutors, they are turning to video guitar lessons, as a cheaper, and almost as effective, alternative.

What Are The Benefits of Using Guitar Video Lessons?

The right videos are going to provide a method of viewing your guitar playing that is different than anything you’ve ever done before. While playing at home on your own can be fun, you may not know what the scales, songs or chords you are playing are supposed to sound like or if you’re doing everything correctly. By watching guitar lesson videos, you are able to see and here the correct way of playing something, so you can be sure you’re not making any fundamental mistakes.

What Types of Guitar Lesson Videos Are There?

There are numerous different kinds of lessons available to you depending on what kind of guitar you are playing, how you want to practice, and what types of guitar playing you are dedicated to learning. For people who’ve never played the guitar before, videos teaching how to properly hold the guitar, and how to play simple chords, are most appropriate.

For intermediate players, there are videos teaching how to play scales and simple lead guitar techniques, for example. You might also want to watch videos teaching music theory, and how to read music notation, to take your overall musicianship even further.

For more advanced guitarists, there are videos that look more in depth at improvisation, and music theory, as well as cover advanced lead techniques, like legato, and tapping.

Using Guitar Video Lessons Effectively

In the end, the right guitar video lessons are going to be extremely effective in providing someone learning guitar with a friendly face and a skilled teacher who can show you how to play a note, chord, or song that might be giving you difficulty. It might not be as nice as having someone who can watch your fingers and provide feedback, but it is much better than going at it alone.

Regardless of the quality of videos you find, you’re going to have to practice regularly if you want to get good. You should practice every day, for at least twenty minutes, watching the videos carefully, and follwing along with they’re instructions. In order to get the best results from guitar video lessons, you need to pay close attention to what is being taught in them, and do exactly as the person in the video is telling you. If you can do this though, you can be sure that your guitar playing skills will increase dramatically.

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