In the past, I’ve written about the importance of setting goals as a guitarist. In this article, I’ll show you how to play the guitar in three steps:
1) Learn the Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales
2) Learn Chord Shapes
3) Learn How to Play Songs
This is an extremely efficient way to learn how to play guitar. The basic idea behind it is that a lot of guitarists spend their time learning a bunch of little things like scales, arpeggios, licks, etc. If you are able to simply jump in and start playing songs right away, you can quickly gain confidence as a player. You can then go back and learn more “theory.” It’s much more enjoyable than learning theory first and then trying to figure out how to use it all later on.
Many people can learn how to play the guitar. But unfortunately, only a fraction of them will continue to play the instrument in the long-term.
Most of these individuals either get frustrated or lose motivation at some point because they don’t see any tangible results.
So, how do you make sure that you’re one of those who can keep going and master the guitar? Here are three steps you can follow:
1) Learn the basics of guitar playing and practice them every day.
2) Pick a goal and make a plan to reach it.
3) Keep track of your progress!
Learning to play the guitar is something that you can do at any age, but it is best to start young. You will want to get a guitar that feels comfortable to you, and practice as much as possible. The more you practice the more you will learn, and the better you will become.
Learning the guitar requires 3 basic skills:
Knowledge of the fretboard
Knowledge of chords
Knowledge of songs
The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments in the world. The guitar is also relatively inexpensive and easy to learn. So if you want to learn how to play, here is a simple guide that will help get you started.
1. Buy a Guitar
The first step to learning guitar is finding a guitar to play on. Most people who are starting out prefer an acoustic guitar since they are cheaper and easier to handle. You can buy an acoustic guitar for as little as $100 or as much as $1000 depending on what kind of sound it produces and the materials used to make it.
2. Buy a Guitar Tuner
Once you have a guitar, you need to tune it before you can start playing. The most common way is by using your ear but this usually takes some time and practice before you can do this perfectly every time. An easier way would be using an electronic tuner which can be purchased at any music store for around $10-$20 dollars and will allow you to tune your strings accurately within seconds of turning it on!
3. Learn Some Chords
Now that your instrument is tuned up and ready to go, the next thing we need do before we can start playing songs on our guitars is learn some chords which are essentially
Hello! My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to help people learn how to play guitar. I’ve been playing guitar for over 18 years, and I created this site to share that knowledge with you as clearly, concisely, and visually as possible.
But first, a little background…
I began playing guitar when I was 12 years old. My dad bought me my first guitar — it was an acoustic — and he taught me a few basic chords.
Playing guitar came naturally to me, so it wasn’t long before I had picked up a few songs and even started writing some of my own. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that the books and lessons I had didn’t really make sense; they were teaching me lots of individual concepts and pieces but didn’t give me a clear path for how it all fit together.
So I began searching for answers on my own…
I spent countless hours experimenting with new techniques, learning from friends, watching videos online (this was pre-YouTube), reading every magazine and website I could find, and eventually finding formal training at the Atlanta Institute of Music.
For the next 10 years or so, my love for guitar grew as I continued learning new music
The guitar is the only musical instrument that has truly captured my imagination. I have spent the past year and a half teaching myself to play, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
I am not a professional musician. I do not have any formal training in music theory. I am an amateur who has used online resources to learn how to play the guitar. This post is based on my experience learning how to play and should serve as a guide for others just starting out.
Below are the primary resources that I used when learning how to play:
A couple of months ago, we had a fantastic guitar masterclass with Larry Baione. A few things that he shared with us really stuck out and I wanted to share them with you today.
One of the things that stood out the most was when Larry said, “If you want to be serious about playing guitar, you have to learn how to play in three different keys.”
For some reason, this statement really hit home for me. It wasn’t until I read his book, Fretboard Mastery (which is an incredible resource- highly recommended if you’re serious about learning guitar), that I realized how big of an impact this little piece of advice could have on my playing.
So what does it mean?