So you’re ready to learn how to play
But the great thing is, if you work hard and keep at the basic skills when learning how to play
Take a look at our list of ten things any new guitarist should learn right away. Then, get to work!
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Before you learned to drive a car, you were taught about all the knobs, buttons, and gears. Same goes with learning how to play
Here, this might help. It’s a visual anatomy of all the components for both acoustic and electric guitars. We recommend looking over something like this to fully understand how everything works.
2. How to Hold a
This may seem elementary, but if you’ve never sat down with a
Lefty? Not to worry, there are solutions for you! One fix is to flip the
3. How to Tune a
Nothing halts learning how to play
4. How to Re-string a
There’s going to come a time while learning how to play
5. How to Hold a Pick
In case you’re totally new to learning how to play
While you don’t always hold a pick when playing
There are different styles of picks ranging from thin to thick. We recommend starting with a thinner pick as they are much more forgiving for the beginner player.
6. How to Read Tabs and Chords
A great trick to learning to how to play
Check out our free guitar chord chart to learn tabs and
7. How to Play Open Chords
Open chords are, to put it simply, chords that don’t have all the strings pressed down. They are often one of the first skills a guitarist will nail down when learning how to play
Here’s your quick open major chords lesson: Start with a very basic open chord, like G. Then, strum the
Keep building onto your library of chords until you can easily transition between all major chords!
8. How to Strum in Rhythm
So here’s what going to happen. You’re going to learn a chord. Maybe two. You’ll strum it until the cows come home. Then, your buddy will come over with his bongo drums and try to throw some percussion on your newly minted
Not to worry! Everybody goes through this when learning how to play
9. How to Play Power Chords
Power chords are, to put it simply, two note chords used primarily in rock music. To get complicated, they’re technically dyads composed of the root and fifth notes. To get even more complicated, they’re neither major nor minor as they’re missing the the third.
Bottom line: With power chords only requiring two or three fingers on the frets, they’re easy and fun to play when learning how to play
10. How to Play
Pick a good one, because this song’s going in the old memory bank. It’ll be the first song you’ve ever learned how to play on
Your best bet is to find a song with two or three chords. Something like Horse with no Name or Margaritaville. You’ll probably want to start by just learning the chords in the song individually. Then, practice transitioning between the chords. And, when you’re feeling confident, and if you’ve got the pipes, trying singing the lyrics.
When it’s golden, pop it up on YouTube and send it our way! We will always give a “thumbs up” to TrueFire Students!
What are your tips for learning how to play
By John Lombard