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How to take musical guitar lessons

Published at 01/13/2012 10:21:22

How to take musical guitar lessons

Most of us admire the way guitar players strum away at their guitars, whether in music videos or in the movies. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced guitar player, lessons are a sure way to increase your prowess in playing this instrument. It may seem difficult when you have never touched a guitar before, but it is possible for anyone to learn how to play the guitar, if they get the right lessons. Here are a few pointers in the direction of taking musical guitar lessons.

Step 1

As a beginner, the first lesson you need is how to hold the guitar. If you play while sitting down, you can hold the guitar in two different ways. One is on your right leg, while the second is on your right leg. This may largely be determined by whether you are left handed or right handed.

Step 2

The second thing you must learn in musical guitar classes is to name the guitar parts. This is definitely crucial as you will later need these terminologies when you go to a music store or if you are talking to music instructors and composers. It will help you ask questions in a clearer manner should you need clarification on how a certain part works.

Step 3

Thirdly, once you have learnt how to name parts of the guitar correctly, learn the names of the guitar’s strings. It goes without saying that each string has a role in tuning your guitar, hence the importance of learning this. If we name the strings from the thickest to the thinnest then it would be E, A, D, G, B, and E. The first E string is also known as the guitar’s 6th string. Consequently the A string becomes the 5th and so on.

Step 4

Your fourth lesson is to know how to tune the guitar. Most beginners can tune using an electronic tuner for starters; however at some point you must learn how to tune by the ear. Begin by strumming the Low E string followed by the A and use this as a reference point in tuning the A. This way you can tell if the A needs to be tuned up, or down. It may appear hard at first, but with practice your ear will get better at it.

Step 5

Fifth lesson is to learn the chords of the guitar. This will include the G major, D Major, A minor C Major and 7 chords. You will have covered naming of these chords in the step where you name the guitar parts. There is a progression of how to strum these chords. The strumming should be done beginning with the G Major using four down strokes. Progressively repeat this strumming with the other chords in the required order and you will be on the right track.


Lastly, put all that you have learnt together and strum away at your guitar one string at a time. Practise and practise till you get perfect in most of those skills and you will be well on your way to composing musical guitar songs.


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