How to learn to play the guitar: a detailed guide for the most independent musicians
We figured out where to start, how not to lose motivation, and achieve results. It turned out that everything is not as difficult as it seems.
Before you start
For many, mastering the guitar is an overwhelming task that takes years. This is partly true, but only if you want to master the instrument at a professional level.
Much more often people want to learn how to play the guitar in order to perform their favorite songs in a company or just for fun. In this case, learning will not take much time and effort: in two or three months, you can easily learn the basic chords and methods of playing.
Do not give up, even if you have already had a bad experience. Talent is only a tenth of success. Determination and regular practice are much more important.
What is needed
A wish. It is even more important than the instrument itself.
Time to study. You can easily find it, too, if the desire is strong enough. Moreover, 30 minutes a day is enough for you.
Study guides. There are no problems with them at all: you can buy a tutorial in a bookstore, watch video tutorials on YouTube, and find chords on the Internet.
As you can see, nothing supernatural.
Select and buy a guitar
Let’s assume that you have the desire and the time. It remains to purchase a musical instrument. Sellers say that any guitar is suitable for a beginner, but it is not. When the strings hit the frets and cut into the fingers, and the guitar does not hold in tune, there can be no question of any progress.
A bad instrument will almost certainly discourage learning.
Therefore, it is better to find a good guitar. At first, you can borrow an instrument from one of your friends, and then, if it goes well and you like it, get your own. Not necessarily expensive and branded, the main thing is more or less high quality.
There are two main types of acoustic guitars: classical and dreadnought (western). It is believed that classical guitars are more suitable for beginners due to the wide neck and nylon strings. The first feature reduces the chances of accidentally hitting an unnecessary string with your fingers because the distance between the strings is greater than that of the dreadnought. And the nylon strings themselves are softer than metal ones, so they don’t bite so much into the pads of the fingers and fewer calluses.
On the other hand, if the performance of classical compositions is not included in your plans, it is better to take a dreadnought right away. This guitar sounds louder and louder due to the metal strings, and on a narrower neck, it is more convenient to pick chords. Again, playing metal strings will make your fingers harden faster and no more calluses.
As a compromise, you can take a dreadnought and replace the metal strings with nylon ones, at least during training.
Going to the store for a guitar, take a friend with you who knows how to play: each instrument has a lot of little things and a beginner may simply not notice them. Choose a guitar not only for its looks but also for its convenience. Pay attention to the ability to adjust the neck, tuning pegs, strings.
Learn the guitar
The instrument was bought (or borrowed from friends), and you are one step closer to the goal. Take a close look at the guitar.
Most of it is called a deck. A neck is attached to it, ending with a head with pegs: with the help of them, the strings are pulled.
The neck is divided into frets by metal saddles, to which the strings are pressed to produce sound. The first fret is at the headstock, the last fret is at the deck.
There are only six strings. The countdown starts from the bottom, the thinnest.
Tune your guitar
Before trying to play, the guitar needs to be tuned. Do not be alarmed, even a beginner can do it. And without this skill, you cannot play.
How to Learn to Play Guitar: Tuning Your Guitar with a Tuner
You will need a tuner in the form of a separate device (you can buy it in a music store or on the same AliExpress) or a smartphone application. In both cases, tuning consists of alternately pulling or releasing all strings in accordance with the tuner’s prompts.
This method does not require any additional equipment. Its essence is that the strings clamped at certain frets, sound in unison, and can be tuned relative to each other.
According to the rules, the first string should be tuned to the note E, using a tuner (for example, its online version) or another tuned instrument as a reference. However, this makes sense only when playing in a group, so that all instruments sound in the same key.