Basics Of Playing The Guitar

No matter if you’re young or old; it’s always a good idea to start learning to play an instrument. The most common instrument people start to learn is the guitar. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that quit after the first lessons because they don’t see instant progress.

We’re here to provide that extra push and help you conquer the guitar play learning process without being tempted to quit. Here are a few guidelines you should take into consideration.

We can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to master a complicated guitar solo but at least you will be able to impress your friends or that girl you like.

Guitar Chords

You can’t play the guitar without first learning the main chords. We will review all the main chords with short instructions on how to master them quickly. First of all, you need to know that there are 4 major chords used for playing the guitar: D, C, G and E. It’s not rocket science but it is very important to learn where to place your fingers.

Playing the D chord

Keep your index finger on the third string and at the second fret, the middle finger goes on the first string again on the second fret. While you hold this position, put your ring finger on the second string at the third fret. With your hand in that position, make sure to leave the fourth string clear and strum the four strings at the bottom. If you execute all these instructions correctly, you should play the D chord.

The C chord

Playing the C chord is a bit easier. You need to have the index finger set on the second string at the first fret and your middle finger holding the fourth string still at the second fret. Your ring finger goes on the fifth string, the third fret. With your fingers in position, make sure to leave the first two strings clear and hit the five strings to make the C chord.

E-minor chord position

Your middle finger has to be on the fifth string holding the second fret and the ring finger holding the fourth string positioned on the second fret. While holding this position, keep string 1, 2, 3 and 6 clear and by strumming all strings you should accomplish the E-minor chord.

G chord

This cord is being played by holding your middle finger on the string number 5 at the second fret. After that, your ring finger goes on the sixth string and on the third fret. Your pinky goes on the first string holding the third fret as well. By keeping strings 2, 3 and 4 open and strumming all strings you should get the G chord.

It might not sound as much but you will be amazed to learn that these are the basic chords used for most of the songs that set the music trends nowadays.

Closing words

By following these steps and with a lot of practice you should be able to learn to play the guitar really well. Of course, you will need to buy a guitar, a string winder and a tuner to get started.

The most important part when learning to play the guitar is letting go of the fact that you’re a newcomer in this huge group of guitar players. Just remember that practice makes it perfect and even the greatest guitarists of the world were not born with it.

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