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Easy Tips for Teaching Yourself to Play Guitar

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Published March 19th 2014
Have you ever considered trying to teach yourself how to play the guitar? The guitar is one of the easiest instruments out there and is very fun to play. The problem is that if you teach yourself the wrong way it can be very discouraging. Below are some tips which will hopefully make learning the guitar easier and more enjoyable.

In the beginning, the first thing you need to do is buy a guitar, all the guitar accessories needed and a guitar book that will guide you in playing the guitar. The guitar book should include chords, power chords, minor and major penatonic scales, and basic lead and rhythm techniques. After you get that, then you can start learning.

Every guitarist is highly encouraged to learn how to read guitar tablature, which is extremely important for guitarists. This is because it is one of the easiest ways to learn new songs. When you're learning new songs you shouldn't just find a song, practice it for a little while and then move onto the next song. "It's better to know five songs perfectly than 30 songs that sound like a piece of nothing." Strive for perfection.

If you know an experienced guitarist, don't feel ashamed to ask for advice. If they give you constructive criticism, accept it. It can only help you for the best. Whatever you do don't get frustrated. At times it can be hard, but it will only get better. If you have a question or want to learn how to do something very specific and have no one to ask, then feel free to look it up on YouTube. YouTube has a tutorial for almost anything guitar related. It shows you strumming patterns, chords, songs, it gives you advice and it is just plain helpful. Some guitar instructors on YouTube that are good for beginners are: Free Guitar Videos, Andy Crowley, youcanlearnguitar, and many more!

You won't learn how to play the guitar by putting it in a corner and never using it. Practice constantly and one day, if you're extremely committed you could become a professional guitarist! If you need a motivation, then put on some guitar music. There are hundreds of amazing guitarists that are inspirational and fun to listen to. A few of them are: jwcfree and akogijin. Nuno Bettencourt (a famous guitarist) once said, "If you play music for no other reason than actually just because you love it, the skills just kinda creep up on you." So, get a guitar and some accessories, learn chords, the guitar tablature, listen to other guitarists and practice, practice, practice!
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