Everybody likes to play the guitar. Unfortunately, not all who study this musical instrument ever learn at all. In fact most of them surrender before they even learn to press the strings correctly to produce a vibrant sound. Some who decide to proceed with the guitar lessons also stop when their fingertips start to get hurt and swell. But the watery swelling of your fingertips naturally happens just before they get calloused by constant pressure. After a few more days of practicing, your fingertips finally harden and they won’t feel the pain anymore.
That actually happened to me. Had I been easily irritated by these “distractions”, I would probably have stopped studying the guitar just like the others. But I persisted and now I’m a good guitar player. Not a virtuoso – only good – but I enjoy doing it. And the guitar has been such a part of my life that I can’t imagine going through all those trials and hardships without my guitar. I would play it every time I was happy, sad, lonely, excited, worried or depressed. I’m not sure how my neighbors felt about my incessant playing but me, I was always relieved.
HOW TO LEARN THE EASY WAY
Techniques For Learning How To Play The Guitar
There are certain techniques you can learn but my favorite is what actually worked for me when I was just struggling with the guitar. First, you master both the major and minor chords. Once you’ve memorized them, learn to play a simple pattern. For the major key for example, play the chords A, D, E repeatedly, and just don’t mind the monotony. For the minor key, master also the chords Am, Dm and E. If you can already transfer your fingers effortlessly from one chord to another, it’s time to learn accompanying a simple song with your guitar. There are songs that can be accompanied by by only three chords but keep in mind always that major key songs use major chord patterns and minor key songs use minor chord patterns.
The Chord Patterns
You can play the guitar using chord books which have songs with chords in them. But it is important to know the different chord patterns in accompanying a song with your guitar. Some of these patterns are complicated but as a beginner, you don’t have to be bothered by them. You’ll get along well with simple chord patterns and you can accompany almost any song familiar to you.
For a start, group the chords according to these patterns. Major key songs use the following pattern of chords: Say your main key is A, then your chords are A, D, E or E7, C#m, F#m, Bm, and B or B7. If it is a minor key song and your key is in Am, then your chords are Am, Dm, E or E7, F, G, C, and B7. Just remember that if it is a major key song, look for the chords in the major chord pattern. Likewise, if you are singing a minor key song, look for the chords in the minor key pattern. Simple as that.
Chord patterns are great when you are playing the guitar by ear, but if you really want to use accurate chords, then you have to refer to your chord book. By using the book, you will also learn to play a variety of songs. And the longer the period you devote to guitar playing, the more your ears become sensitive to the right key. But of all the tips you will encounter while learning to play the guitar, there’s one you should never forget: Never practice your guitar without a song to play on. You learn to memorize and master the chords quickly, that way.