I would like to learn how to play the acoustic guitar, but reading music is so complicated. Are there any tips to learn how to play the guitar at a slow (but suceeding) pace, and the best way to learn how to read music from books?
1. Find a qualified guitar instructor and buy a beginner’s guitar chord book having basic music theory.
2. Have your instructor show the good habits to form in building chords and playing them, how to string a guitar, how to take care of your instrument, and how to tune it.
3. As you learn and practice forming various chords ask your instructor to teach you the basics of music theory.
4. As you progress, ask the instructor to help you in:
a. Chord progression
b. Key transposition
c. How to determine the key signatures in music.
d. Writing basic music notation.
e. Playing rhythm as he plays melodies and vice versa.
f. Learning the Chromatic Scale with chords and notes.
5. Practice rhythm and strumming techniques–both striking the fundamental bass tone and strumming down and then back up. Practice fingerstyle methods of right picking different strings in chord backup.
6. Keep your instrument clean and in good shape. Treat it better than you would your own body. Keep your hands clean and dry while playing. That cuts back on oily residues.
7. Watch other guitarists and their technique or style. Copy their methods up to the point of forming your own style.
And finally, your fingertips will hurt terribly until you can build the calluses on them. Until then, you must endure hours of practice. If you don’t have the motivation and strong will to work past the problem of sore fingertips you will never be a guitarist
on: 31st March 08