Guest post by Alex Bruce
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1 - Rapid Progress Is Around The Corner
- Beginner guitarist picks up the instrument
- Finds it challenging (obviously)
- Presumes they’re innately ‘not very good at it’ or it’s ‘too hard’
- Stops playing.
2 - Your Body Will Adapt
3 - Try Almost Everything
- When learning your first riffs, chord patterns and songs, there’s much to be learned from all the usual beginner guitar songs and styles, but don’t stop there. You might just find - if you turn your hand to beginners’ country guitar, or thrash metal, that you one - really enjoy it, and two - have a natural flair for it too.
- Of course you’re going to primarily take on beginner level material, and rightly so. It’s important you follow the well-worn paths that have led so many guitarists to advanced levels, success and creative fulfilment. However, trying to play more complex, advanced bits of material gives you an insight into what’s to come, may make you learn something new, is good inspiration, and great fun. Don’t be afraid to try these things once in a while. It’s not about mastery, it’s about testing yourself.
4 - Don’t Avoid Things
5 - Acquire The Tools You Need
- Guitar (the obvious one)
- A pick
- A tuner or tuning app
- A capo
- A cable and amplifier if playing electric guitar
- Spare strings