I’ve been playing guitar for about 18 years now, and I can tell you that it is a life-long learning process. However, there are some basics that you should start with in order to set yourself up for success. In this article we'll discuss how to best begin your journey into learning how to play guitar by developing a practice routine and sticking with it!
Although it's tempting to think of practicing as a solitary activity, learning guitar is a social experience. You may not be playing with other people right away, but you'll need to rely on others for guidance and encouragement along the way. It's important to develop a practice routine that works for you—and that includes times when it's appropriate to play alone!
When setting aside time in your day or week for practice sessions, keep in mind that there are several things working against you:
Time is limited (you only have so many hours in your day).
Motivation can run out fast if something more interesting comes along.
Your body needs rest and recovery after playing (or doing anything else).
Don’t feel like you have to stick with just one teacher. If you find that the first teacher doesn’t suit your learning style, try another one! It can be helpful to start by taking lessons from a few different teachers until you find one that works for you.
It's important to remember that guitar tutors are not all created equal and each method of teaching is different, so it's worth finding out what type of lessons will help you learn best. You should also keep in mind that if your first teacher doesn't work out for whatever reason (whether it's due to scheduling conflicts or otherwise), it's perfectly fine to switch teachers!
Learning the basics is a good way to start. You don't have to overcomplicate things by playing songs right away, or learning a lot of songs right away, or playing fast right away. In fact, these are all things that will be easier (and more fun) if you've learned the basics first!
If you're new to guitar, there's a lot to learn: chords, scales and arpeggios are the foundation for everything else on guitar. It's worth taking time to learn these basics because they'll make learning songs easier later on—and if you don't know them yet, it can be frustrating and confusing when you try to play something without knowing how to do it properly.
Patience is a virtue.
Guitar lessons can be frustrating at times, and it's important to remember that you're not going to master your instrument overnight. It takes time and practice to become good at any skill; this is especially true of learning the guitar. Don't be discouraged if you make mistakes or struggle with some techniques. There are many factors that can contribute to this, including the quality of your instrument and how often you play it (or whether or not you're playing at all).
If someone else seems much better than you on their instrument, don't compare yourself to them! They might have been playing for years longer than you have, or they may just have a different style of playing than yours does—either way, trying too hard to mimic what someone else does will only cause frustration (and possibly give up altogether). Learning from others by listening closely can help inspire new ways of approaching music but should never stop there; ultimately every player must find their own voice through trial-and-error learning processes so that they can eventually reach their full potential as performers who stand out from the crowd!
While learning from other guitarists is great, you don’t want to copy their style. Instead, try to understand what makes them good and use that information to help your own playing.
Watch videos of your favorite guitarists and see how they play the music that you like. This will give you an idea of what it sounds like when played well on guitar.
Listen carefully for techniques that work for them and those techniques that don’t work as well for them (or not at all). Take note of anything unique about their sound or playing style and try to figure out why it works so well for them.
Try emulating their musical ideas by using the same chord shapes, scales, rhythms etc., but do so without copying their exact licks or phrasing – think about how this would apply in different contexts with different chords and rhythms than what the original song had used originally!
Asking questions is the key to learning. If you don’t understand something, ask. If you have a question outside of your lesson time, ask away. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when it comes to homework or just about anything else having to do with music and guitar playing in general. You can always call me or email me at any time if you need some extra assistance or clarification on something!
If we could give one piece of advice it would be this: don't wait until the end of your lesson before asking any questions that might arise during our time together! We encourage students who have questions during their lesson time because we want them to feel comfortable enough talking about whatever they're curious about right then and there rather than waiting until later in the day/week/month when they finally get around (hopefully) thinking about what had been interesting them all this time...
Learn as much as you can
The next step is to take notes on what you are learning. At first, it may seem like overkill to be taking notes on lessons that are only a few minutes long, but the more you practice, the faster things will come together for you. You’ll find that taking notes helps you remember what you have learned and also keeps your mind sharp when practicing daily at home! Keep a notebook handy during lessons so that when something new comes up or if the instructor says some other important fact about what was just demonstrated, write it down without missing anything. Review your notes after each lesson; this way they won’t get lost in all of the excitement of learning new material!
Communicate with your teacher on a regular basis outside of lessons.
Ask questions about what you are learning and seek advice on how to improve. The more you know about the process, the better equipped you will be to overcome any obstacles and reach your goals.
Ask for help with your practice routine. Your teacher can provide guidance and feedback that will help make sure you're practicing efficiently and effectively.
Ask for advice on how to play a song you want to learn or techniques that would benefit from further study. If there are particular songs or techniques that interest you, ask whether they could be incorporated into lessons so that they can be addressed in depth during this time rather than as an afterthought during other material being covered at each lesson.
Now that you have the basics down, it’s time to get serious about playing guitar. You can do this by following these tips:
Develop a practice routine and stick with it.
Don't feel like you have to stick with just one teacher; seek out others until you find someone who works well with you and your goals for learning the instrument.
Learn the basics, including scales and chords for various genres such as blues or jazz so that when it comes time for improvisation later down the road when playing live shows or recording albums over time, they won't be foreign concepts which could hinder progress instead of helping build skills needed right now!
Be patient; don't rush progress because impatience can cause frustration which hinders progress as well! Take each step at a time while also keeping long-term goals in mind rather than getting frustrated over short term setbacks like forgetting lyrics during practice sessions To speak to a teacher visit our page giving guitar lessons in Redmond