What Not to Do When Learning Guitar

When it comes to learning how to play the acoustic guitar, most people are so excited and want to know what they should do, most do not take the time think about what they should not do. Like any other activity in life, there are obviously things that should be done, and things that should not be done. Here are a few pointers for the beginners.

what not to do when learning guitar

First, never try and learn a song that is out of your skill level. I have some humbling news for you, you are not Jimmy Page right out of the gate, so stop trying to play Stairway to Heaven right away. Often times this just leads to feeling like you cannot do it and most give up. Instead learn easy songs that are basic. Songs that contain easy notes and chord transitions are the way to go. Your acoustic guitar instructor should be able to offer a few suggestions based on your skill level.

That leads to another point. A guitar teacher is better than learning on your own. Yes it can be done and yes a lot of guitar legends have taught themselves. But most great guitar players took instruction from someone else at some point in time. It is just an easier way of learning and will help you in the long run to avoid pitfalls and bad habits. Do not teach yourself. Instead find a good acoustic guitar teacher and let him or her show you the ropes in the beginning.

Another thing I have learned, and yet is still debatable for beginner guitar players, is to not start writing your own music before learning songs that you like and songs that are popular. What I mean by this is, just because you know a few chords, it may not be the best idea for a beginner to just jump in and start crafting their own songs. Instead learn a lot, and I mean a lot, of songs that you like or perhaps hear on the radio. This will give you a sense of timing and help you learn how to make chord and note transitions that you may not have thought of. This will both help you in learning all the chords and getting comfortable with them as well has perhaps show you some cool stuff you can use in future music writing ventures.

Those are just a few tips that I have found have worked for me and people I have come in contact with who are learning how to play the acoustic guitar. A good acoustic guitar instructor and give you more insight to some of these ideas and help you develop your skill better and faster. Happy strumming.

Benjamin J. Cloyd is a guitar instructor and has a website called best acoustic songs where you can find and print great songs for beginners to intermediate to advanced. He is also a guitar teacher in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

by Benjamin Cloyd; Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 08:42 AM [1732]

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