It is so much fun to discover how to play music on an instrument. You can create your own artistic expression and emulate your favorite artists as well. Guitar lessons are a good choice because the guitar is so popular and so many people have one lying around. Next time you are at a persons house and see the guitar in the corner, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pick it up, quickly tune it and strum a few chords of your favorite song? This article will teach 3 crucial aspects of playing the guitar correctly and impressively.
1) Know Your String Names– This seems like a daunting task for some, but can be very simple. To remember the strings, which are E, A, D, G, B, E, you can just think of a sentence such as Eat A Darn Good Breakfast Everyday!
Learning the note names takes a little more work, but the 12th fret is the same notes as the open strings. Over time, you can memorize the 5th fret notes, 7th fret, 9th fret…soon you know them all.
2) Tuning The Guitar Without A Tuner– Anyone who plays guitar must know how to tune a guitar. One simple way is using the “5th fret method”. This means the 5th fret on the low E string sounds the same as the A string. The 5th fret on the A string sounds the same as the D string. 5th on the D, same as the G. 4th on the G is same as B. 5th on the B is same as high E.
3) Keep Your Strumming Hand Moving Down and Up!– The secret to good strumming is constant up and down motion on each beat. A down strum would be on the count of 1. An up is on the count of “and”. So strum down – up -down – up – down – up – down – up for 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &… For different emphasis on beats, simply don’t sweep your right hand across the strings, but keep the motion going on beat!
So there are a few good pointers to start you out playing the guitar correctly. Knowing the names of strings and notes, tuning the guitar and keeping rhythm with your strumming are essential. As you can imagine, there is so much more to learn! Regardless if you decide to learn all the nuances of playing, or simply a few chords and progressions to strum, playing the guitar can be a rewarding experience.