More than just the mechanical basics of getting familiar with a guitar and the essentials of music theory and technique, it is also meant to help everyone set some personal goals and based on the level of skill they look to achieve, create a plan for continued practice or further study.
- Answer Some Questions
- Commit to Learning
- Read Up and Watch Some Videos
- Reference Materials and Help
- Affordable Accessories
- Affordable Upgrades
Answer Some Questions
Committing yourself to learning an instrument is a big investment. Like any investment, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it. Answer the following questions for yourself the following questions to help be certain of the “why” behind the “what” in the effort you invest into learning the guitar.
- Why do I want to play the guitar?
- What kinds of music do I want to play?
- What specific songs do I want to learn?
- What do I hope to achieve by learning how to play?
- Am I willing to put consistent time into practice?
Commit To Learning
I will provide 3 or so “classes” to provide the basics of playing – not just the technical aspects of playing – you can watch YouTube all day long to get that (I use YouTube all the time to learn lead guitar riffs or how to do a certain technique).
If you actually want to play guitar, and sound like like you know what you are doing, you need a minimum of 6 week of practice no less than 15-30 minutes every day. If you are not willing to commit to that, then learning to play the guitar may not be for you at this time. It takes a lot of practice and time to develop the finger strength, coordinated muscle memory and mental discipline it takes to play well – and to enjoy the music you make.
Read Up and Watch Some Videos
The Internet is full of great free instructional videos. Here are a few to help get started.
How NOT to Tune Your Guitar
How to Tune Your Guitar
This guy is pretty good with tutorials for a lot of different things. This one is pretty informative:
A handy and inexpensive thing to always carry in your guitar case is a Tuning Fork. Here is an “A” Tuning fork from Amazon for under $3.
Some Basics on Strumming and Counting
Other video suggestions to look up:
- Chord fingering positions
- Basic rhythm and counting
- Barre (Bar) chords
- Videos on how to play the songs in particular that you want to learn
Reference Materials and Help
Get familiar with as many of these basic chords as you can:
Some affordable basic accessories to consider:
Here’s a list of some basics I recommend to anyone who plans on playing regularly – some basic tools needed to keep you playing!
by Planet Waves
by Jim Dunlop
Rondo Music is known as the seller of very affordable but good quality guitars. Many around the $100-$125 range will be a great step-up that will sound good, stay in tune, and be a great guitar to learn on. Most guitars also come in left-handed versions.
- Acoustic-electric – $109
- …others to follow