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How To Choose The Best Songs To Play On Your Guitar

Jan 1, 2008
When you begin to study how to play the guitar, it's not all about strumming chords. You have to learn which are the best songs to play on the guitar. As a beginner this can be quite a difficult task. Listed below are some simple tips to help you get to the stage of choosing the correct songs to play.

1. The time to select the songs to play comes after the fundamental skills of guitar playing have been mastered. It may sound very basic but you should be aware of how to hold the guitar correctly, tune the guitar up and strum a few chords prior to advancing to song playing on the guitar.

2. Practice makes perfect and the you need to go over and over all the chords shifting from one to another, continuously moving your fingers, encouraging flexibility within your hand movements.

3. Once you are familiar with the basic chords as well as some of the more complicated chords, a song can be chosen based on the knowledge you have gleaned so far.

4. So now you know the chords and you can move from one to the other without much difficulty, choose a song which only uses maybe two or three chords for the whole song.

5. The song selected should not be too fast, enabling you to easily follow the chords at the correct speed for the song. Starting with a slow song and progressing to faster tunes will prove to be less difficult as a beginner.

6. Songs with simple chords such as "Day Tripper" by the Beatles, "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees, "As Tears Go By" and "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones are an ideal speed for beginners to learn to play songs on the guitar.

You should remember that as a beginner, patience is required to get to the stage of actually being able to play a song on the guitar. It will prove to be a great achievement when you reach this level, so start slowly, choose easy songs at first and this will make you less likely to feel frustrated with your learning process.

Once you have mastered the easier songs, you can then progress to harder ones to play. As you do this, you will be very pleased with your progress and continue to be motivated to learn. Remember that the guitar players that you idolize all took many years to learn their craft.
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of MusicianHome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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