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start improving on guitar, you're going to need to set aside a bit of
time to practice. Developing a daily routine is a good idea... planning
to spend at least 15 minutes daily practicing all you've learned will
really help. At first, your fingers will be sore, but by playing daily,
they'll toughen up, and in a short amount of time, they'll stop hurting.
The following list should give you an idea of how to spend your practice
That's it for now! Once
you're comfortable with this lesson, move on to lesson
two, which includes information on the names of the guitar strings,
plus more chords, more songs, and even several basic strumming patterns.
Good luck, and have fun!
- Get your guitar
- Make sure you're
sitting, holding the guitar, and using your pick properly. You'll have
to correct your natural bad habits at first, until it becomes second
- Play the chromatic
scale several times. Try playing it backwards.
- Play each of the
three chords you've learned. Check to be sure each note is ringing.
If not, find out why, and correct the problem.
- Try moving from
one chord to another. Before switching chords, mentally picture exactly
where each finger is going to move in order to play the next chord.
Only then should you switch chords. This is the key to switching chords
- If you're having
trouble getting your chords to ring clearly, read this feature on getting
your chords to ring clearly.
- Try playing some,
or all of the songs listed above. At first, try only to think of the
songs as a way in which to practice playing chords.
- Don't get discouraged.
This is hard stuff at first, and you'll probably feel like you can't
do it. You certainly can. Everyone struggles, so just put in your 15
minutes, and then don't worry about it until the next time you play.
This is supposed to be fun!
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