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A Beginners Guide To Taking Guitar Lessons

Jun 14, 2008
Thousands of people all around the world, who do not play musical instruments, may wish they had taken lessons at some point in their life. Learning to play an instrument takes plenty of patience and a bit of time. In this hectic world, where there is very little time to even sleep, many people are unfortunate enough not to allow time to learn a new skill. Those who do wish to learn to play a musical instrument may find the tuitions to be more expensive than they had anticipated.

One of the more popular instruments is the guitar and these days guitar lessons are readily available online the internet, DVD or on print. This is a more economical approach to learning to play a new instrument! Taking guitar lessons does require some dedication and time from the person wanting to learn to play. At first this will take a little bit of time adjusting to, however, after a while all the nitty-gritty process of getting your fingers in the right positions will soon fall into place again.

It is important to remember that when taking your first guitar lessons, you should prepare yourself. Go out to your nearest music store and give yourself enough time to find that special guitar; this is the guitar that you will be using to learn how to play, so do take your time in selecting the right one as chances are you will be stuck with this guitar for a long time.

Most guitar shops will allow customers to sit down and play on the guitars they have on display, but as a beginner, you will not know how to play so go for the one that feels comfortable for you to hold and does not stretch your arms when strumming on the strings.

Holding the guitar is one of the key important things you will learn, as the idea is to reach the strings in an effortless manner. Therefore, it is a good idea to get the guitar that is the right size for you. Often people make the mistake in buying a guitar that is too big for them, resulting in them being unable to play as efficiently as they would want. If you are unsure about what type of guitar to purchase, ask the shop assistant for help on selecting the right one.

Once you have found the right guitar, you will then need to find a stool or chair with no arms. If you have ever tried holding or playing a guitar on a chair with arms, you will know that strumming on the strings can be extremely uncomfortable. When playing the guitar you will want your arm to be free from any obstruction in order for you to keep your arm relaxed. The idea is not to stress yourself when playing and enjoy the sounds that come out from your playing.

During your guitar lessons, you will learn the parts of the guitar, the opening chords, strumming techniques, chromatic scale and a few simple songs. The first lessons are always going to be hard, as this is an unfamiliar movement for you. You will also notice that the tips of your fingers will be sore to begin with, because you will naturally feel tenser in your hands when fretting up and down the guitar. This is completely normal and in time, your fingers will adjust. Keep in mind the more you practise the better you will become at playing, so do not give up easily.
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Anna Stenning has taken bass guitar lessons using online tabs and videos.
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