7 Tips To Learning Guitar - Beginning Guitar Tips

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Learn Guitar: Beginners ...

Congratulations on deciding to learn the guitar!

You have decided to learn (I think) the world's greatest instrument!

Why is it the greatest?  

Don't get me wrong ... I love (and play) many other instruments, but none offer the portability and range of uses as much as a guitar.

As a beginner, you need to start off on the right track.

Here are 7 tips to get you started ...

1. Don't rush - Rushing through lessons is the quickest road to failure.  Take it easy ... get it right.  You cannot move onto more advanced techniques until you have the basics mastered.

2. Do not push yourself too hard - Your fingers are going to get sore.  Make no mistake about it.  You will develop blisters.  Don't keep playing until your fingers bleed.  It is not a wise move. Put the guitar away for a few days.  

Let your fingers heal and when you are ready again you should have a burning desire to start playing again!

3. Ensure your guitar is "set-up" correctly - Take your guitar into a reputable guitar dealer and ask them to do a "set-up" on it.  This will ensure the guitar is in the best possible condition it can be.  It is pointless to learn on something that is difficult to play or doesn't sound the best it can.  That would only serve to hinder your progress.

4. Buy an electronic tuner - These are not expensive and makes keeping your guitar in tune quite easy.  Once again, this will be available from a reputable dealer.  Get them to show you how to use it.

5. Keep your guitar out of the heat and sun - Guitars are made of wood.  Wood in heat tends to bend and warp.  So as much as possible, look after your investment and it will serve you well for years to come.

6. Practice without disturbances - Wait until you can get some quite time for just you and your guitar.  Take the phone off the hook and relax. Relaxing is key to good guitar playing.  As you learn new techniques, you will naturally tense up.  Be aware of this and force yourself to relax your muscles.  Tense fingers and hands are not very flexible.

7. Short, frequent practice sessions - Aim to practice for 20 minutes a day. This is much more beneficial than a couple of one hours sessions a week.
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