The guitar is considered one of the simplest musical instruments to learn – what with predefined hand positions to master and a traditional set of chords to get to grips with. Although simple in nature, mastering this instrument can take years and this is why many guitar teachers will dedicate their sessions to helping their students to understand the core mechanics of the instrument, before encouraging their growth as their skills improve.
Learning guitar can be a great way to explore ones creativity, but with different people possessing varying levels of skill – it’s not always as easy as picking the instrument up and learning how it works overnight. For those of you that are keen to learn how to maximise your learning, here are a few great tips to help you to improve your skills.
Learn about the chords
All musical instruments feature chords, keys and musical notes. These chords range from A to G in most cases – and depending on the type of guitar that you are trying to learn, the chords should fall into any amount of these letters. Before trying to play your guitar, why not spend a bit of time learning where the strings are located and which one is A, B, C and so on? This can help you by allowing you to memorise the position of the chords ready for your hand positions.
Practice your finger positions
The neck of a guitar is divided into individual frets. These frets have their own terminology – and as confusing as that might sound at first, they are fairly easy to learn once you get a bit of practice in. Most frets are made from metal and run the entire length of the neck. Depending on the chord that you are trying to play, you will either need to press, lift, or stroke the string against the respective fret to create the desired sound. These motions will rely on you learning finger positions (often referred to as gestures) and you can practice these without even holding a guitar.
Book yourself into a course with a reliable tutor
Once you feel ready to take your guitar learning to the next level, the only thing that you’ll need to do is find a good guitar teacher. There are dozens in and around Melbourne and Australia in general, so a quick search online can help you with your search – just be sure to ask about their knowledge, their experience and their cost before choosing to go ahead.