The First 7 Steps to Learning to Play the Guitar

Finally you have decided, you have a guitar, with strings and even a pick, and you have everything to take your first steps with the guitar and emulate your favorite guitarists, it’s time to learn to play but with so much information available, youtube, books, etc., you wonder where to start!

Start with the basics, with the essentials to play right now with a list of the first 7 things you have to learn with the guitar if you start from scratch. If you get it you’ll never give up, you’ll keep learning and above all you’ll have a great time, here we go!

Tuning the guitar

The first thing you have to do before you play anything is tune the guitar. All the guitars get out of tune a bit with humidity, heat, taking it from one place to another,…tuning it is a moment, it doesn’t cost anything and you can do it well with a physical tuner or with your mobile phone with some free app (they are more and more precise). Standard tuning from the 6th string (thickest) to the 1st string below (thinnest) E, A, D, G, B, e.

Changing the strings

If you have a guitar at home without changing the strings for a long time, change the strings! We don’t want you to catch a disease with the dirt on those strings, your fingers will thank you and the guitar will sound much better. Don’t worry if just changing them goes out of tune instantly, it’s normal. Tune, play, tune, play… in the end they will reach a stable point says

Basic chords

Learn to play the 7 basic universal chords to play millions of songs, really, you just need to know these chords to play your favorite songs. Once you know how to place these chords you won’t have any problem with sharp chords or flats (you just have to move the chord figure one fret next or previous) and for the capo problem, take it easy, practice.

Rhythm and strumming

You know the chords, fine! Now you have to give rhythm to those chords. This is one of the most expensive points but don’t get overwhelmed, it takes time, the internet tutorials with strumming direction arrows help a lot. At first it simplifies the strumming a lot, as if you just strum down (down arrow), it is better that you get the change of chord well that later you will be able to complete the corresponding strumming.

The most important discovery: it turns out that you always match the rasgueo below with the compás stroke, and no matter how complex the rasgueo.

Read Tablatures

Finger on fret 2 of the 5th string, finger on fret 2 of the 4th string and finger on fret 1 of the 3rd string and you already have an IM chord. This is the tablature, to make it very easy, for beginners, for most people who do not know how to read solfeggio, a great invention. Then we have elements and details of techniques such as bending, slurs, vibrato, … etc. With a little practice you will not need to study it because to see repeated the same in so many songs will have it memorized without realizing.

Play songs

If you choose songs that you like from the beginning, you will get a feeling of pride and satisfaction that you have never seen before and that will make the instrument hook you more, you keep learning and keep moving forward, there is no better way than to stay motivated with your favorite songs.

Chords of fifths

An element that unconsciously prevented me from leaving the guitar after 2 days at the capo and continuing to progress while learning songs were the chords of quintas also called power chords. The quintas chords are a very simplified version of the basic chords, you cheat because you don’t play the whole chord and because it’s so easy to play it allows you to keep moving forward and not get frustrated. As almost everything I played was rock and the guitar riffs are full of chords of fifths I came perfect.

With these tips you can start playing your favorite songs from the first moment even if you have no idea of music and in a fun way to keep you moving forward. In our course for beginners we put into practice all this for the one who starts from scratch, with songs and organized in 3 days. Now let’s play!


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