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Learn How to Play the Guitar – Tips For Beginners

How can I learn to play the guitar, is one the questions I'm most often asked.

I remember wanting to learn to play the guitar from the age of seven. My first guitar was an inexpensive electric guitar.

Learning to play guitar can be difficult at first, however it helps if you are highly motivated to learn.

I now teach guitar and one of the questions I'm asked most is, what chords I should learn first.

The easiest guitar chords to learn when you are starting out are C major, G and G7th, D, E, F and D7th. With these chords you will be able to strum along to many songs and will be on your way to learning more sophisticated routines. These basic chords, along with some finger picking using the other hand, will give you the opportunity to learn co-ordination and beat; it will also prepare your fingers for more difficult patterns.

In your venture to learn to learn to play the guitar you must build on the basics, so learn these and other simple chords and sequences first, feel confident with and importantly, have fun with them, this will stand you in good stead for more advanced guitar playing.

You will quickly discover whether or not you are cut out for playing the guitar. It's difficult for me to explain because it's more a feeling than a conscious realization! If you find playing the guitar frustrates you and leaves you feeling exasperated and despondent then it's probably not for you.

The challenges you face when learning to play guitar should be met with passion and excitement, each one being conquered with a feeling of pride.

Of course there will be times when everyone learning to play guitar will get frustrated and impatient, but those with a passion will stick with it until they conquer the challenges. You may also consider taking lessons; a good guitar tutor is worth their weight in gold.

Before deciding on your guitar tutor ask around, are they recommended? Do they have a good reputation and relevant experience? Also check that they are capable of the standards you aspire to. I remember my first guitar teacher, he was brilliant, however I quickly outgrew his level of skill and moved on to learn more on my own.

I talked above about frustration and about giving up too easily if you are not learning as quickly as you feel you should. Please do not confuse this advice with the assumption that it's easy to learn to play guitar. It does take lots of perseverance, determination and crucially practice! So, do not give up at the first hurdle, stick with learning to play guitar for at least 6 months before you quit on it.

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