One of the most popular ways to teach oneself how to play the guitar is by watching guitar video lessons. These days many young people and adults alike prefer not to spend their cash out on a personal one-to-one tuition, and instead save their money by downloading lessons for less than a third of what they would pay a tutor. The exercises on guitar video lessons are normally easy to follow and provide close-up images of the correct way to play a specific chord.
The most difficult thing about playing any instrument is the method in which it is played and developing the patience to continue going over the same routine repeatedly. However, the idea is not find the learning experience difficult and frustrating, but fun and challenging. When using guitar video lessons you will find that you are spending a lot of time alone learning to play and often find it hard to monitor your progress. In this instance it is a good idea to have someone, possibly impartial, to listen to you play and then provide you with constructive criticism on your progress.
A good routine to get you into when learning to play is to allocate a time each day or week to practise playing and making that a strict time slot dedicated to music. Most guitar videos come in 10 or 20 hour sessions, some can be longer and are designed to guide you to moving forward on the playing each week. This does not need to be a rigid way of learning as no two people are the same; however it does act as a useful guide to making this a priority and setting yourself weekly targets.
As with any tutorials, the guitar video lessons provide insight into various techniques, such as fretting, hammer-on and strumming. These are all important methods of great guitar playing, especially if ones aspiration is to start up a musical band. The downside to learning to play using a personal tutor is that normally the tutor would teach you their style of playing, rather than allowing you to develop your own technique that is comfortable.
Learning from home may not give you the comfort of having someone physically there to pick up on any mistakes you make when playing, but it does enable you to develop your own appreciation of music and enhance your own way of playing. Of course, specific techniques require a correct way of holding the guitar and producing a certain kind of sound, but this does not in any way restrict you from experimenting by using a free motion. The point of learning to play is not for the sake learning to play the 'right' way, but to develop an insight into creating your own music and being able to listen to notes.
The guitar is a popular instrument used in a lot of modern music. It is one of the oldest instruments around and continues to play an important part in helping young people develop upon their interest for music. There are some people who when taking an interest in playing, do not willingly take the time to read traditional music notes. Instead they will endeavour to learn how to play tablature, which is a simpler way of reading how to play their favourite song or tune. These are displayed in such a manner that allows the learner to know where to place their fingers on the fret board.
Guitar video lessons will always touch on the subject of reading tablature as a useful tool to learning to play. By picking up your favourite songs, this will fuel your motivation to moving onto more interesting and challenging songs. Once you have mastered one song it will only be a short while before you move on to the next tune. Another great thing about video tutorials is that they will teach you how to play in tune with other instruments. This can be done using backing tracks, or a metronome, an important teaching tool for bass players especially.
As you are in the comfort of your own company and home, you are more able to relax when playing, as another important part of playing is to keep your whole arm relaxed to allow a free flowing strumming motion. The age-old saying of practise makes perfect is absolute key to successfully playing the guitar; therefore this is something which will fall onto your shoulders completely. The more you practise and perfect each technique, the better and faster you will be able to play.
Anna Stenning is currently using guitar video lessons to learn how to play the bass like a true musical professional.