The guitar is one of the most beautiful and popular instruments in our world. If you are having the intention to learn to play the guitar, there are two options for you. The first way, you can attend a guitar class and learn how to play the guitar directly from your teacher. But what if you are too busy or have some difficulties to attend a guitar class? Don’t worry, because a lot of well-known guitarists on the globe just study it by themselves. Below is some good advice for anyone who wants to learn to play the guitar at home.
Let’s buy your first guitar!
For sure the first thing you need to do is buying a guitar. However, there are plenty of guitar brands with thousands of designs, sizes, materials which makes it very hard for a beginner to choose one.
Basically, there are two types of guitar: the classical guitar with the strings made from nylon and the acoustic guitar with strings made from steel. If you like Gypsy Kings style music, Flamenco or Spanish guitar…, the classical guitar might be the right one for you. It’s also easier for beginners, especially women to play with than the acoustic guitar.
Download some apps
It’s quite tough to learn to play the guitar on your own, so that’s why you need some supplementary tools. Guitar Tuna is one of the best apps for beginners you may want to try. This app will listen to the note you play with your device’s microphone, and then show you which note the sound is registering as. The app also supports a lot of alternative tunings which is very helpful for not only beginners but also experts.
The next step of your guitar journey is to cut your nails, especially on the left hand. You must cut your left-hand nails as short as possible because the left hand is used for holding the chords. Long nails will make it hard to hold the strings and create very bad sound. Moreover, you will not be able to move your fingers properly since long nails will result in the holding of wrong notes and shapes.
Practice the chords
In order to play the guitar, you need to know what chords are. A chord is a group of notes that when they are played together will create harmony. There are ten basic chords: C, A, Am, E, Em, D, Dm, G, G7, and Fmaj7. With those chords, you will be able to play hundreds of songs. Remember to put your finger perpendicular to the string so you can get the maximum force from the hand and create a better sound.
Never give up
Learning the guitar is not easy, especially learning it by yourself. But “when there is a will, there is a way”, “practice makes perfect”. Just spend 15 to 20 minutes a day playing the chords and never, never give up. As long as you are passionate and consistent in practice, you will become a professional guitarist someday.