Music affects everybody in some way or another, whether they listen to the radio or simply hear a jingle for an advert. Everywhere we go somewhere along the line, on a day-to-day basis we hear some tune or note that either brings back memories, makes use tap our feet or shudder with annoyance! The fact is music is everywhere, whether it is a mere whistle from a passing individual to a rock concert in the park, we hear some form of it at some point in our daily lives.
This is an important thing to remember, because many people, especially young people in their teens, decide to invest in a musical instrument and begin learning to play. A popular instrument in the music scene is the guitar. Some may buy a guitar and really take the time to learn how to play, whilst others spend vast amounts of money on guitar lessons and taking up hours of their free time to perfect their guitar playing skills.
Some people may have spent most of their cash on buying the guitar with its accessories, leaving them with very little to spend on guitar lessons. However, in our modern world of mobile phones and high speed internet connection guitar lessons are not always available on a one-to-one basis. Many young people are able to learn to play on their own, without the need of a tutor. If you choose to be one of those who want to learn how to play, one thing you will need to remember is that you will need to motivate yourself and be sure to concentrate on developing your skills in your own time.
Guitar lessons are also accessible from the internet, so as opposed to travelling up to meet a tutor one can invest in paying for guitar lesson video downloads. Beginners are lucky enough to find that at just a click of the mouse or the tapping of their keyboard they will find a long list of guitar resources such as article guides and free video lessons. These videos are shorter in length and only concentrate on one or a couple of guitar techniques, which is useful for anyone looking to improve on areas that they are struggling to master.
For people wanting to learn fast or are feeling impatient with their progression, the best thing for them is to increase their practise time. The more regularly you practise the quicker your skills will develop. The first thing to remember is that you will not be a good player from the beginning, this requires time and effort.
If you are learning to play through the use of an internet, it is a good idea to read up how to read tablatures or musical notes, memorise chords and learn how to tune your guitar. Surprisingly enough some people do not know how to hold a guitar properly, even if they feel they have seen plenty of other musicians hold a guitar a thousand times! It is a good idea to stick to following a standard procedure, as this will ensure you will not compromise your playing skills.
Begin by learning how to fret and strum efficiently. Some beginners will feel some discomfort in their fingers when they start to pluck the strings. The only way round this is to continue playing; eventually you will notice that your fingers will become stronger as time passes. As you continue to play, you will become more confident, to which you may want to learn how to play your favourite songs. Most people learn how to play through learning how to play other tunes and becoming accustomed to the techniques from playing them.
Anna Stenning is currently taking guitar lessons, playing an electric bass and is doing this through online tutorials.