Going From Beginner to Intermediate Guitar

Everyone at one point in their life has made the statement "I want to learn to play the guitar." From that point there are infinite possibilities to where that simple idea can go, either people start to learn and instantly become prodigies, or they can play for years and never really get the hang of it. Or they never pickup a guitar and idea becomes a distant dream, but playing guitar is absolute magic, and no matter what your experience with guitar is, when you pick it up there seems to be an instant relationship, this isn't an article to teach, or to teach what it is, but to show you that there is more than strumming the same 4 chords over and over.

Going From Beginner to Intermediate GuitarNovices feel that there is an incredible gap between themselves and intermediate, and expert guitar players, but really technique and understanding theory is the only thing standing in their way of progressing to a new level. Research yourself the theory and look up how to learn them easily but these are a few techniques to take you playing to a new level, with relatively simple ideas.

A guitar is a very simple instrument in theory, but playing opens an endless amount of possibilities to create unique sound, or beautiful chords. Take harmonics for example, harmonics are used every time you play or strike any note, we just don't hear them with the human ear. But as soon as you remove the fundamental harmonic (the loudest harmonic used in any note) it creates a strong note effect, and in theory all you hear is the muted vibrations.

Is a technique like this difficult to learn? Not at all, for simple bar harmonics all you need to learn is where on the fret board you need to bar, so that you achieve your desired sound and note. With different combinations between harmonics and chords you get a range of sound from dull to vibrant, and closed and deep, to a rainbow to different notes. Using them shows contrast in the music and the range of notes you use is much more pronounced. You can use simple chords but using harmonics broadens the spectrum in which they are heard. Makes them seem new, and more exciting. But still with relatively little time used learning them. Practice with this technique is key so that the harmonics are pronounced

Or think about slap guitar, this is a style where by slapping the strings with your strumming hand and thumb by isolating specific notes and using your hand to play the singular notes. All of a sudden you can hearing your note or chord through a lighter vibration instead of by the fast harsh vibration of a conventional strum. With practice you can isolate notes that correspond to regular chords and you can incorporate them into any song. This involves more learning time, but there are many internet videos dedicated to teaching this style, and you can take any style you play and broaden it completely. Entire songs transposed into slap chords can be new, and absolutely give a challenge to any novice or intermediate learner.

Techniques like palm-muting (placing the base of your palm near the pickup and gently resting it on it while strumming in a continuous downward motion) can create a deep, or punk rock sound that cuts the vibration off immediately so all you have is the single deepest note of the chord with no lag in the sound. Basically instead of a bright sounding acoustic song by Brad Paisley, you have a deeper darker nirvana feel. Learning basic guitar scales the pentatonic scale can even broaden your guitar playing to blues and jazz styles. All of which in theory are very simple but people make them out to be difficult and only learnable with years of training. These same skills can easily be transferred to the application of single note riffs, like solos. All of a sudden, you can play with others and make simple chord songs sound detailed and professional with the right use of scales.

These aren't techniques that involve years of study, they involve a little patience and YouTube to show you the correct way to learn and use them. Guitar is an instrument where you can play any kind of music imaginable, but with the use of the right theories and techniques, you can broaden your horizon's of playing. So guitar is a lot more then G, C, D chords, it can be a road of endless possibilities, you just need to experiment and look for the technique you want. Constantly more to learn and always endless new possibilities. That's the magic of playing guitar.

The key to learn guitar is to have a good enough overview to know what and when to practice. If you like electrics check out this electric guitar basics video tutorial or some of the other videos at the site, it should help you get a clearer picture of things.

by Jay Laican; Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @ 07:55 AM [30671]

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