There are a few things that you should know and learn before you start playing the guitar. While some have a natural talent, others have to start at the beginning. And that is exactly why we are here! This article will help you on how to start playing this instrument smoothly, providing you with the basic knowledge that will help you get started playing this magnificent instrument.
Take a look at this list of things any new guitarist should learn right away.
The Anatomy of The Guitar
Before you can start playing this instrument you should know where everything is and what everything does. It will be useful if you study the anatomy of a guitar starting from the bridge to the headstock.
How to Hold a Guitar Properly
You’re probably thinking holding a guitar is the very last thing you should worry about. That’s not entirely true, as it is the starting point to any beginner’s journey. How you hold the guitar will have a direct influence on the sound and your own comfort.
Sit down on a chair with a backrest, while holding the neck of the guitar in your left hand and keeping the body underneath your right arm and against your body. Your right hand should be able to access the strings comfortably.
How to Tune a Guitar
Before anyone can start playing or learning how to play the guitar, the guitar has to be in tune first. Learning how to tune your guitar is another basic lesson you’ll need to master if you want to play the guitar. Beginners may find it difficult to tune the guitar by listening to the sound of the chords, so buying a tuner is recommended.
If you don’t have money to buy a tuner just yet, you can also download a tuning app from the App or Google Play Store.
How to Re-string a Guitar
As a beginner, you probably won’t have to restring your guitar immediately. But, you should learn how to do it all the same. Knowing as much as possible about your new instrument will make you more comfortable in handling it. When restringing your guitar, you’ll need to know which strings you need to get.
If you aren’t ready to do the job yourself, you can visit the nearest instrument store and ask them to help you out or even to show you how to do it in future. They’ll also be able to show you which strings you should get.
How to Hold a Pick
Finally, you’ll have to learn how to hold and use a pick. If you are not familiar with this accessory, it is a small flat piece of plastic that players use when strumming strings. It is, of course, optional to use a pick, and depends on personal preference, but knowing how to use this handy tool is still useful.
The pick is simply held between your right hand’s thumb and forefinger. Slowly and smoothly make upwards and downwards movements with your hand while changing chords. It really is as simple as that!
We’d recommend getting a thinner pick when you start out as they are easier to use for beginners.
Learn How to Read Tabs and Chords
Tabs and chords can be a bit daunting, especially for beginners. Don’t worry too much about that. If you follow diagrams, you’ll be able to see each chord and how it is formed with your fingers. Once you get the hang of it you won’t look back. The best thing to do is to start learning basic and common chords.
Some tutors believe that learning how to play a song like Iggy Pop’s The Passenger is the best way to get familiar with chords, holding the instrument and strumming. Select a song with simple chords and start by learning each chord. Once you get the hang of it you can piece it all together and add the rhythm.
As a beginner, you might get discouraged every now and then. The best thing to do however is to persevere and keep in practising. At the end of the day, practice makes perfect. Good luck and enjoy your new instrument and skill!