Hey peeps! CMC here with ya’ for a quick word about beginners guitar lessons; one of many I’m writing and will continue to write to keep you updated, here on GuitarControl.com, The premiere Guitar web site, your go-to online everything music mecca.
It’s a pretty broad topic and you’ll find an overdose of info online. So, where, exactly, do you start? Because, as they say, starting is half the battle. So right now, that’s my advice to you, from someone who’s been playing for decades. And let me tell you this: picking up the guitar was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. It was one of the wisest choices I made in my life and I made some bad ones as well. So, before we even go into this, I want to congratulate you for making the decision to pick up a guitar and make it a part of your life.
There are few things in life that will be as rewarding, and I’ve “been there, done that” as they say. No, I never played at Woodstock, the Fillmore West, the Forum or Madison Square Garden. But the cool thing is, it’s never too late! It’s never too late to pick up the guitar, especially since it’s not something that requires athletic skill. Young and old alike can start. And know this this is more of a word of inspiration- the real teaching, the real deal, is coming later (from me) and also you will find some awesome teaching right here as well, from Silvio, Claude and others. That’s right-you couldn’t be in better hands if you are looking for beginners guitar lessons.
So, where do you start? I’ve covered this a few times already here, so let me recap a few things:
1. Make sure you get the right guitar. The wrong guitar will ruin it all for you. There is a HUGE difference in guitars! They have personalities of their own. Some you will groove with and others you will absolutely hate. So, heck-start “dating!” Be a player! Play a bunch and see what works for you.
2. Make sure you are holding the guitar properly! STRETCH! Stretch your wrist and hand all the way around the neck so you can properly access the fret board. If you don’t you might suck and get discouraged and we don’t want that, right?
3. Make the time. Don’t assume time will just materialize. You’ve got to be pro-active and set aside time to practice and for lessons. Be realistic. How much time is it going to take? What are your goals? Be clear about all this.
4. Get inspired! Inspiration is going to be your fuel. Find the players who inspire you and make sure to listen to them. I LOVE U2 but discovered that I didn’t even know anything about their last album. So guess what? I set aside the time- I made a conscious choice to download and listen. I found the time. I made the time. Again, things aren’t just going to “happen.” If YOU don’t do it, chances are, it ain’t going to happen.
OK peeps, we’ll go deeper next time. Peace out!