Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Guitar Basics - Easy Guitar Lessons For Everyone

If anyone tells you that playing the guitar is a gift, an innate talent that you will never ever learn because you are not born with it, well, it’s time to prove them wrong. Famous guitarists weren’t born with a Les Paul attached to their umbilical cord. Long before there was Jimi Hendrix with his insane sweeps, or Maimsteen’s jaw-dropping guitar shreds, or you trying to google about them, here’s a certain fact you should realize --- every guitarist went through the guitar basics. This is what these easy guitar lessons are for.

Easy Guitar Lessons No. 1:
Feel Your Guitar

Remember that you play as a duo with your guitar. Even if you would not be singing, your guitar would not produce any sound either without your aid. Think of your guitar as some clothing you’re actually wearing, and you’d prefer it to be comfortable enough. Proper handling is essential when you want to play the guitar well. Start off by sitting comfortably and placing the guitar right above your leg and close enough to you keeping the guitar body positioned to wherever your dominant or strumming hand is (usually the same hand you use for writing). On your first few plays, the guitar would at times unintentionally slide off your leg because you would tend to bend your back when trying to keep an eye on the frets as you do the chords. Don’t worry about it. It’s normal for starters, though be reminded to discipline yourself and refrain from this habit as much as possible.

Easy Guitar Lessons No. 2:
Meet the Chord Chart

Of the three chords you will be learning today, playing on the first four frets of the guitar will be the main focus. “Frets?” Yes. Frets --- those spaces in between the vertical metal strips distributed along the neck of your guitar. You might compare them to piano keys. Every diagram on the chord chart will have 6 horizontal lines to represent the 6 strings of the guitar, the thinnest string on your guitar being the topmost horizontal line on the diagram or the 1st string. Your fingers will be numbered 1-3 beginning with the index finger.

Easy Guitar Lessons No. 3:
Playing the Three Basic Chords

The D-Chord --- To produce this chord, position fingers #1 and #2 on the second fret, with finger #1 on the 3rd string and finger #2 sitting on the 1st string. Then place finger #3 on the 2nd string of the third fret.

The E-Chord --- At the first strum of this chord, you’ll be amaze by its harmonious sound knowing how it can simply be done. To do this, have finger #1 on the 3rd string of the first fret, and the other two fingers interchangeably on the 4th and 5th strings of the second fret.

The A-Chord --- Considered as one of the easiest chords to master, it can be played by positioning all fingers #1, #2 and #3 on the 2nd fret, comfortably pressing on the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings respectively. Later on, you may want to vary the finger placement especially for fast-switching from one chord to the next.

Easy Guitar Lessons No. 4:
Strumming Pattern and Switching Chords

Familiarizing yourself with the first three chords will now allow you to play some melody with one vital skill --- strumming. Strumming is done by rhythmically moving your playing hand up and down the strings by the guitar body. Don’t get easily frustrated by not being able to strum well on your first few attempts.  Start slowly, maybe by single downward strums, and then build up on it by incorporating upward strums and increasing the strumming speed steadily until you get the feel of it. Always make sure the strings should ring out with no unwanted buzzing and only play the strings involved in producing a particular chord. This should make it easy for you to change chords while at play, especially if you’ve mastered the basic chords. When playing, maintain the beat, observe proper timing when switching from one chord to another. Try practicing on your favorite song with simple chords and start off on a slow beat until you get the hang of it.

These self-taught easy guitar lessons should put you in the right track to becoming a good guitarist. The next time you see your guitar lying around the room, don’t hesitate to pick it up and enjoy playing some nice music!

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