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Knowing how to play an instrument, a skill reserved for the most gifted among us? It is certainly not, because learning an instrument relies much more on the ability to demonstrate discipline and motivation than on natural talent. Certainly, having an ear for music, very flexible fingers or an exacerbated sensitivity are advantages to progress quickly. However, speed should not be a determining factor. Learning to play the guitar at your own pace and according to your own abilities allows you to acquire solid foundations essential to maintain your skills over time. Here are simple tips that will guide you through your guitar learning without putting up barriers.
Invest In A Good Guitar
Some great musicians have done their scales on broomsticks in poor condition. But beware Jimi Hendrix is not the one who wants. To start learning the guitar in good conditions, plan a budget reserved for the purchase of a quality guitar. Quality does not necessarily mean overpriced, you will find excellent models of simple and robust constitution, which will help you to deepen your technique and will serve you for years.
Why is it so important to choose a good guitar? A low-end instrument will have many disadvantages that will hinder your practice:
- Regular string detuning
- Strings that curl friction noise when they vibrate
- Poorly tuned frets that distort the treble
- Poor placement habits if the guitar is poorly designed
- Discouragement at the difficulty of playing correctly
- Separation of certain parts, in particular the nut or the neck
- String action too high which hurts the fingers
- Unable to play with others if the guitar sounds wrong
If learning the guitar is a dream for you, give yourself the means to reach it. Are you a beginner and don’t really know how to choose your instrument from the hundreds of existing models? Whether you decide to order online or go to the store to test on the spot, you can follow these tips to choose your first guitar.
Play Fair: The Tuner, Your Best Friend
All classical concert lovers know this. The first step before you even start a song is to tune the instruments. What exactly does it mean to grant? To put it simply, imagine the tuner as a balance. On a first board, you place the reference note, an LA for example. On the second tray is your note, which you want to set and tune on the LA. To achieve balance, you will need to add or remove weights on this pan. In guitar, this action is characterized by the modification of the tension of the string. By turning the key in one direction, you increase the tension the weight, in the example of the scale. By turning in the opposite direction, you remove the tension. When the tuner recognizes the same tension in both “trays”, it validates and you know your score is correct.
Stay Modest And Patient
There are the innate virtuosos, and the others. If your talent has not yet been discovered, you are probably in the second category. Doesn’t panic that doesn’t mean you can ever play Eric Clapton or Slash? Just keep in mind that to get there, you will need work, work and patience. Even the greatest guitarists spend hours training before concerts. Once this observation is made, you can set up a rehearsal schedule and set yourself achievable short-term goals.