Being able to express yourself and entertain others musically is a wonderful contribution to any gathering or party. A guitar is one of the best instruments you can learn to play not only because it is easy to transport, but also because you can teach yourself many well known, easy-to-play tunes. Teaching yourself to play the guitar is not impossible. Within just a couple of weeks of dedicated practice, you?ll begin to see vast improvements in your playing.
If you have never played a guitar, it is essential that you learn some fundamentals before you begin learning to play melodies. The first fundamental point is to learn how to properly hold the guitar. In your first musical lesson with any instructor, you would learn the same thing. What is important, before you can start playing songs, is that you hold the guitar in such a way that the sound is maximized and not hindered by an improper hold.
You?ll need to play the guitar either sitting down or standing up. If you begin with small audiences, you will have to learn to play standing up. But, for now, sitting down is the optimal way to learn, as novice players usually do not practice upright. When sitting down with the guitar, make sure that it rests comfortably and easily on your lap. Make sure your arms do not block the oval or circular hole on the head of the guitar. Additionally, make sure your arms encircle the instrument without holding it too tight. In other words, keep your body relaxed and the bulk of your arms from blocking the instrument?s sound potential.
Next, it is important to know basic hand and finger positioning. The left hand is generally used as the note or fret hand. This hand is used to hold the strings in such a manner that notes are strummed in a certain chord. The fingers and thumb work actively and succinctly. The wrist is bent upward in such a way that you are still able to grip the neck of the guitar with your thumb, but still have plenty of leeway to allow your fingers to move about freely and quickly. Eventually, with more practice and time, you will be able to hold a chord without much thought.
As you practice, make sure not to squeeze the strings against the fret too hard. If you can?t seem to get a chord to sound right, you might try adjusting your technique. Too many new guitar players think that they have to squeeze the strings against the frets in order to make the sound perfect. In actuality, it is better to hold the string snug against the fret with calloused you have these fundamentals down, you are ready to begin playing some basic chords. If you want to teach yourself quickly and accurately, you?ll have to start out slowly. However, some songs can be easy and quite fun to learn. A couple of these are Mary Had a Little Lamb and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Furthermore, you?ll see that the guitar is not that difficult of an instrument to play. The old adage of ?practice makes perfect? holds true, especially for those learning to strum along to their favorite tunes.