I’ve learned several great lessons from my Dad, many of them about life in general, the value of hard work, or even the proper way to hold a baseball bat or how to pick up chicks (that one didn’t turn out too well). I’ve also learned quite a thing or two about how to play
I’ll never forget my first
What I’m imparting to you today are some of the things he taught me when I first started out on the awesome journey of learning
1. Slow and steady
When I first started playing
2. Make a plan
And stick to it. It really helps. I definitely didn’t do this until late in the game, but I’m glad I eventually did! Your goals can be simple, like “learn 5 new major chords by the end of the month,” or “learn to play one new song each month.” The best part is, looking back on your previous goals helps to see how far you’ve actually come. What’s better motivation that to see you’re achieving your goals?
3. Lessons are key
There’s two ways to approach learning
4. We’re all ugly at first
Of course, I’m exclusively talking about ugly
5. Hang out with musicians who are better than you
When I first started playing
6. Learn when to call it a day
I remember when I used to get stuck on a chord progression or strumming pattern for hours to no avail. It wasn’t until later in my
7. Your phalanges will hurt
Here’s a fact: Your fingers will hurt for a while when you first start playing. This happens for several reasons. One reason is, beginners tend to press down too hard on the strings. Another reason is the
8. Keep it simple at first
When you’re learning the basics and building a foundation, you don’t need every pedal ever made. I know it’s tempting, but adding on bells and whistles right off the bat might distract you from what you really need to learn. Trust me, pedals, and accessories are super fun and should be added into your inventory eventually. But when you’re first starting out, all you need is a decent
9. Play what you like, like what you play
Chances are, the reason you’re learning
10. Don’t give up!
To recap: Everything’s going to sound ugly at first. Your fingers are going to hurt. You’re not going to be an overnight success. You’ll discover others will be much better than you. The key is to not let any of this stop you! These are just hurdles, nothing more. If you can keep moving forward you’ll never once regret it. Finding ways to stay motivated, like discovering new artists and taking lessons, will keep you going strong. If you ever find yourself in a rut, switch things up by learning a new style. At TrueFire, you’ll never run out of genres to learn. So hang out with us, keep your head up, and keep moving forward! You’ll be a rockstar in no time.
Looking for a good place to get started but short on cash? Check out TrueFire’s library of free guitar lessons. This comprehensive library contains thousands of free video
What are the things your Dad (or someone else) taught you when you started playing
And don’t forget to check out the Dads Rock Sale & Giveaway!