Learning to play an instrument can be one of the most rewarding and satisfying things anyone can do. There are so many to choose from but one of the most popular instruments to learn is the acoustic guitar. There is a romance and recklessness about the guitar that seems to draw many people to it, but not everyone is cut out to wield the axe. Below are 5 things to consider when you decide to learn the acoustic guitar.
There is the age-old saying that it takes 10,000 hours to master something, and this is never more correct than when it comes to learning the acoustic guitar. Start with the basics and learn the skill from the ground up, you can’t start with elaborate solos, you will only get frustrated and give it away.
When practising, it’s important to set a schedule that allows you enough time. However, don’t practice for too long in one sitting because this can discourage your progress and increase the amount of stress on your guitar strings! Consistency is key here – make sure to play every day or at least 3-5 days per week (depending on how often you want/need lessons) so that the tone stays professional sounding.
This is your journey
It is great to get inspiration from different guitar players but that is where it should stop. There is no point comparing yourself to others, the journey to guitar mastery is your journey alone. You will only become frustrated if you compare yourself to more accomplished guitarists. Remember that learning the acoustic guitar isn’t a competition so don’t make it one.
Scales aren’t just to measure weight
Learning chords is easier if you have already mastered scales. Instead of thinking about all the fingers at once, focus on one finger at a time when practising scales. This will help your brain remember how to position each finger for chord changes in specific areas and make it much faster to learn new chords later!
If you want to play rock music, start with the minor pentatonic scale. Most rock tunes use it and it is easy to learn. Learning classic rock solos will be easier if you are familiar with these shapes because they’re so common in this genre – great for beginners!
Stick at it
If anyone told you that learning the guitar would be easy, they are lying to you. There are going to be dark days when your hands are sore and sometimes your fingers will bleed. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so stick at it. When it finally clicks, and you start to string it all together you will be glad that you stayed the course.
Whilst you may never reach the heights of super rock stardom, learning to play the acoustic guitar is a huge accomplishment and one that the team at Guitars4U can help you with.