You’ve always wanted to play the guitar but now you feel it’s time.
Wanting to learn guitar is great, but how do you go about it? How do you start playing guitar?
Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, the basics of the guitar are the same for everyone.
The first steps of learning the guitar!
Here are the first steps for playing guitar:
To begin the guitar, you will have to learn the basics and the main techniques, like the major, minor and seventh chords. You will have to have some notions of music theory, and know how to read a score and tablatures.
A teacher may prove very useful because they will help you, advise you on the correct approach, and give you tips to improve your playing and your practicing.
To play the guitar, you will of course need a guitar, but be careful how you choose it: it is important to determine which style of music you wish to play with it, whether blues, rock, jazz, classical.
Each guitar style corresponds has a corresponding type of guitar: the electric guitar is perfect for rock and electric pieces, but acoustic is better for blues, pop and jazz.
Fans of classical or flamenco music will need a classical guitar. You will need some basic kit:
The important thing is not so much why you are learning, but the enjoyment you get from it and the journey you are going on.
To play your guitar properly, it must be perfectly adjusted, starting with well-tuned strings. Tune your guitar!
Tune your guitar!
There are many methods to tune your electric guitar, some traditional some more sophisticated:
Learning to play the electric guitar is no more difficult than learning another kind of guitar.
The electric guitar is more versatile than other guitars (acoustic, folk or classical), you can string notes together faster because the neck is thinner and longer.
The electric guitar
To play the electric guitar, take classes with a teacher who uses this type of guitar for blues, rock, funk, jazz, etc.
Private lessons are an excellent alternative to music school classes or a club because the program is personalized to you.
The ultimate guitar experience is being able to sing your favorite songs while playing the rhythm and solo, right?
It is possible to sing and play the guitar at the same time, but it requires practice and time. We advise you to work on your guitar and vocals independently, if possible starting with the latter.
Singing while playing the guitar is possible!
Playing guitar is not just about doing a few solos from time to time or playing a few minutes of rhythm.
To play the guitar faster, you need to break down the exercises, arpeggios, and your pieces to understand the strings you are playing and interpret the tablatures and scores.
Accelerate your guitar playing
Start playing very slowly and then increase the tempo bit by bit. Do not forget to train your fingers and increase flexibility in the wrist as well.
Playing the guitar with one hand works best on an electric guitar using your amp with some distortion so that the sound lasts when you pluck a string.
Play the guitar with one hand in the pocket!
You can also learn techniques such as legato, pull-off, tapping or hammer, which allows you to play several notes on a single string.