Learning to play guitar with a computer

Guitar tips for Beginners – Having Fun

Starting anything new can be exciting but it is necessary to set up a structure for your practiceHave fun learning so that you will want to continue. These guitar tips for beginners will encourage you to create a fun plan that you can follow for life.

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Getting Started

  • TIP 1 – Decide where you are going to play your guitar. Somewhere that you can put your guitar on aSomewhere you can play your guitar stand, clip on the tuner, and have your pick and capo close by.
  • I choose to have my practice area at the end of a table because I can also have my computer there to look up lessons and songs.
  • TIP 2 – Always and I mean always, tune-up first before you start playing. Not only will you sound better for yourself but you will train your ear to hear the correct tones of each note and chord. There is nothing worse than a guitarist playing out of tune, it’s horrible and no one will tell you.
  • TIP 3 – Open your practice book and get started on something fun to warm up your fingers. This might be the first 3 chords you learned in a song or that new rift you found in tabs or a pentatonic scale. Or noodle something that you’ve created in your head. Start slow and let yourself warm-up.

Creating a practice routine

  • 30 minutes a day is better than 3 hours on the weekend.

 

  • TIP 1 –  First 10 minutes – Warm-up. Start Easy and Fun. Put your hands together and stretch your fingers. Choose something that you enjoy learning to play. Maybe the first chords of that new song you saved in the Ultimate Guitar App or the one you are working on in the Opensong App. If you have chosen to do a course with Learn and Master Guitar or Guitar Mastery Method, then open to the next lesson and start.
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  • TIP 2 – Second 10 minutes – Challenge yourself to stretch a little each day. Learn one new chord. A new rift. AnotherGirl playing guitar and challenge herself to learn to play Pentatonic shape. Your fingers will hurt a little at the beginning, don’t be discouraged this is normal and you will get calluses on each finger very quickly.
  • All great guitarists started with sore fingers. Don’t keep playing when they really hurt or it will slow down the next day’s practice. Pace yourself. Learning to become a great guitarist is a journey, not a destination. One step a day and you will be surprised at how quickly your skill will build.
  • TIP 3 – Third 10 minutes – Learn a song and build a song list. Many guitarists around the world cannot play one single song all the way through. Finally, commit to selecting and learning to play a song from beginning to end and then polish it regularly. You are going to want to show off your skills at some time, so prepare for that day.
  • Take the time to watch this excellent video on practicing for champions

 

  • That’s your practice done for the day, well done, see you tomorrow!

Staying Inspired

  • TIP 1 – Use technology to your benefit. You can look up chords, tablature on melody lines, and rifts. Play along with the original of your favorite songs either on YouTube or with a backing CD. This is such an easy way to learn how to begin and end a song, learn rhythm, practice your lead, and sing along. You will sound awesome, and it will make you come back the next day to practice.
  • Join a community of guitarists to chat and feel supported. Hence, check out my post on the guitargathering.com family.

Learning songs

  • TIP 2 – If you plan to sing and play guitar, learn the two parts separately and then practice humming when you play and then finally sing along. Take it slowly, strum one chord, sing the line, change chord, sing the next line, etc.
  • TIP 3 – I know you are going to hate me saying this but. Record yourself after a month and then at the end of every month. It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes, that is the point, this is only for you to hear yourself. Don’t be too hard in your judgment, all you are listening for are areas that you can improve.
  • Maybe, you notice your strumming isn’t steady or there are still stops and starts in your scales or rifts. Decide to practice these sections at a slower pace. It’s strange but the slower you practice something, the faster it will stick and you can slowly speed up!

Create this time of learning to play, you are in control, so make it fun.

Make it a part of your life.

Enjoy the journey. 

I am always available for you to ask questions or leave a comment about this post or your own journey. I would love to hear from you. My passion is playing guitar and singing and I hope it will become a love of yours. Please leave a comment below.

LILY

 

11 thoughts on “Guitar tips for Beginners – Having Fun”

  1. Thank you for these excellent tips!

    Having my guitar by my desk makes perfect sense.  As for tuning, I need all the help I can get, LOL.

    I had no idea that most guitarists can’t get through an entire song.  I guess they focus on the solo or “fun” part and then move onto the next.

    I’m a little nervous about recording myself.  After all, we’re our own worst critics.

    Again, thank you for this.

    Scott

    1. Hi Scott, love hearing from you. I have one of those Fender clip on tuners for my guitars, actually several. Small and effective, go for the green line, then you are in tune!

      Totally understand about recording yourself. Freaks me out too. But you can use your phone. Make sure no one else is about and play it back just for you. Let’s be honest, my first recording was an ouch, but I learnt a lot. Especially, that I was practising my scales too fast. It really made me slow down and now they are smooth.

      Even worse when I sang and played but better now. lol

      It’s worth doing. Keep playing.

      Lily

  2. Hi there, great post. I love playing my guitar. At first when I was just starting playing I really didn’t know what the best way to start and get into a routine was. After reading your tips it reminds me when I first started playing the guitar. I followed many of the tips you mentioned. A couple of things I created time to learn to play the guitar. This made it easier because it became a habit to play, even thought I was not very good at playing I made it fun and then I slowly got better. Then it become part of my like. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Scotty, thanks for your feedback. Yes, making that time to practise and putting some fun into it will keep you coming back,until you are addicted to learning. Have fun and keep playing.

      Lily

  3. This is really lovely and educative, I also discovered that most people nowadays just jump into playing an instrument before learning the basics and knowing the appropriate steps to take in their daily routines. Also, I agree with the fact that doing a short daily practice is better than that long stretch of rehearsal on a weekend and I like the tips you gave for the daily routine, they are very useful. Enjoying what you do as an instrumentalist is very important, if it doesn’t make sense to you then it will definitely not make sense to others, Know the motivation behind your learning how to play guitar. Thanks.

    1. Hey Jay, so pleased you liked this article. It is so nice to share my experience of this wonderful instrument and hopefully inspire a beginner to just have a go.

      Lily

  4. Thanks for explaining that you should always tune-up before playing. My therapist recommended that I take up a new hobby, so I have been thinking about learning guitar. I will be sure to have a tuner on hand when I start playing.

  5. What do you suggest I do if I still don’t see any improvement from the practice that I have done? It’s hard to be (or stay) motivated, and it’s also not fun (although nothing I’ve read and nobody I’ve asked can tell me how to make it fun) if my effort isn’t making me any better.

    1. Get back to me with what you practice and why and I will design a plan to make it more fun. Don’t let this stop you, we can find a solution together.

      Lily

      1. Hi Mark,
        I was just rereading your comments and realised that you never did tell me what you practise or which type of music that you are interested in?
        That does make it a bit hard to help you. Threatening to quit playing shows your frustration but it isn’t anything that will hurt me if you quit.
        Perhaps you can tell me what music you play or what interests you?

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