Learning to Play Acoustic Guitar

Learning to play acoustic guitar is not as difficult as you think, but practice is what will make you great.  There are different levels of ability and if you want to end up a rock star or on the cover of Guitar Magazine, that’s going to take some raw talent and years of practice.  If you want to learn how to play a couple of tunes at a party or just use music to manage stress, that you can pick up fairly quickly.  Here are some tips to get you started.

Learn to Tune Your Guitar

There is no worse sound in the world than someone who doesn’t know how to play strumming away on an instrument that is out of tune.  You should learn how to tune your guitar yourself.  You can use an electronic tuner but ideally you should be able to tune by ear.  As you get better you will need the electronic tuner far less.  Here is how to tune your guitar.

Learn Control

You want to practice muting your instrument, with both of your hands.  You want to make sure that when you play the only strings that are making sounds are the ones you want.

Learn Basic Techniques

You can start by learning different strumming patterns.  Strumming can totally change the sound of your playing and it allows you to create your own distinct sound.  Think of Carlos Santana, no matter whose music he plays you can always distinguish his sound, this is down to strumming.

Start off Slowly

Even if you want to perfect your own version of Flight of the Bumblebee on guitar, you need to learn to play it slowly before you try and play it fast.  Learn the difficult parts, learn where you are making mistakes.  It is easier to fix mistakes when you play slowly and it will vastly improve your playing when you try and play fast.

No Pain No Gain

Learning to play guitar is going to hurt until you build calluses on the tips of your fingers.  The only way to do that is to play through the pain.  Your fingers will hurt from pushing down on the strings, it will pass as the skin thickens and it happens to every guitar player in the world.

The guitar is not a difficult instrument to learn, in fact it is one of the most commonly played instruments around today.  There are thousands of lessons online to teach you how to play chords and various songs.