If you want to learn guitar, but don’t have the money to take music lessons, then there’s a good news for you! There are a lot of free resources online to help you get started, including this one. In addition to that, there are even guides that will help you play your favorite songs. But the first step is buying a guitar and a basic guitar pedal.
Buying Your First Guitar
You can’t practice if you don’t have a guitar and so the first step is to buy a guitar. A guitar can cost as little as thirty bucks to thousands of dollars. Obviously, price is dependent on the guitar’s quality, power and performance. When purchasing guitars, it is important to stick to designer brands like Gibson, Fender, Epiphone, Yamaha, and Ibanez. An investment of around $200 is a good start, even if you decided to purchase a better instrument later on.
Acoustic or Electric?
This is an easy topic to answer, but many believes that people should start with acoustic then move on to electric. The correct answer is that what really matters most is the kind of sound you want to make. Acoustic guitars are mostly for folk, country, and soft rock music. On the other hand, hard rock, jazz, etc. will likely sound better on an electric guitar.
Practice the Five Basic Shapes
Now that you have all you need, you’re going to start practicing the five basic shapes. This could be the hardest part in learning the guitar but once you nail them down, you can easily play most songs with ease. Here are the five basic shapes you need to memorize:
- G – pointer finger 2nd fret, 5th string, middle 3rd fret, 6th string, ring 3rd fret, 1st string
- C – Ring finger 3rd fret 5th string, middle 2nd fret 4th string, pointer 1st fret 2nd string.
- D – Ring finger 3rd fret 2nd string, middle finger 2nd fret 1st string, pointer 2nd fret 3rd string. (Don’t hit the big string)
- E minor – Ring finger 2nd fret 4th string, middle 2nd fret 5th string
- A minor – ring finger 2nd fret 3rd string, middle 2nd fret 4th string, pointer 1st fret 2nd string
At the first month, it’s going to feel weird, but it’s normal, especially G chords. But after a month of 30 minute daily practice, you’ll be doing it like nothing. In addition to that, to get a good touch in your strumming hand, you’ll have to practice more than ten hours. Do research about palm mutting and other useful strumming technique. Plus, more importantly, remember that your fingers WILL hurt, but don’t worry about it too much as this is normal.Read More