If you want to get started playing, or making music, or even just jamming with some friends, you’ll have to learn a few things first.
Guitar is one of the things in life that can be fun and frustrating at the same exact time. Many people take up the guitar in hopes of learning some impressive solos or riffs or songs, but it isn’t always easy.
It can take months sometimes to learn certain songs or solos or riffs, and this is something that only become harder the longer you play.
Luckily, there are some basics that can help you to gut it out in the proper fashion and improve your playing beforehand, so that you are able to approach the songs in the best way. In this article, we will go over those basics.
The Best Thing You Can Learn to do is Tune Your Guitar
Yes, it may seem extremely basic, but you would be surprised how many guitarists go to practices or jam sessions with an guitar that’s tuning is out of whack. This is one of the most difficult things to deal with, as it makes jamming or playing together in key literally impossible.
Keep this in mind if you are looking at playing with others; tuning isn’t hard, but it is one of those basic things that is so often overlooked and so very important, and you don’t want to be that guy who is always out of tune and playing something that could be great but just comes out horrible because the keys don’t match.
The Next Basic is the Use of a Metronome
Learning to use a metronome will make all of your future playing endeavors much simpler. Each beep of a metronome counts out a beat of a measure. If you are playing in a 4/4 measure, four beats from a metronome counts out one whole measure.
This means that, for those of you who are willing to give it a go, you will need to time your notes to the clicks; four sixteenth notes per click; two eighth notes per click; one quarter note per click; one half note per two clicks; one whole note per four clicks.
This helps you to develop proper rhythm, which in turn will make learning songs and solos and riffs much easier. When you are learning a piece, stating off slow and then building up with a metronome helps you to better grasp the piece with proper timing.
If you can’t keep up with the metronome, or you find your notes running out of the time signature or blurring together, you need to slow down and allow yourself to choose a tempo that better matches your abilities.
In the end, the basics of electric guitar playing are simple, and they will carry you through most of your playing life. So long as you keep in tune and utilize the metronome, you should see your skills improve weekly.
Remember to always have fun, and take some time to jam; don’t always do guitar “work outs.” Have fun, and good luck! For more information about learning guitar, you should check out: http://www.guitarplayerworld.com. You might also be interested to check out video sites like Youtube or Vimeo for free content uploaded by helpful guitarists.