Hey! CMC here. So, you’ve never picked up a guitar huh? -and you want to be a star or the next Segovia or just impress your boyfriend or girlfriend? Want to know how to play the guitar for beginners? Did I nail it…or am I off in left field?
Regardless, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been doing this for most of my adult life. But I can relate- although I’ve been doing it a long time, I still feel like a beginner myself. You see, I never learned music theory or any kind of advanced structure. I never learned to read or write music.
So, I get it. I get where you’re coming from and I can say this: It’s a beautiful instrument, the guitar and it can give you hours and hours of playing and listening pleasure. For some, the lucky few, it can make you a pile of dough (that’s money for you young’ins) As I’ve said before, you get what you put into it. Spend an hour or half hour a week and you might learn a few chords. Spend hours a day and you’ll be rockin’ out in no time.
And as I’ve also said before, one of the most important things you’ll need to know is this: don’t quit! Don’t give up on it. It’s not going to come easy- nothing is, at least nothing worth doing. Yes, your fingers are going to hurt. Yes, your fingers will be bent into bizarre formations you never knew possible. Yes, your mind will be blown when you eventually master songs you never thought you could play, go where you never dreamed of going, musically. Heck, you never know- YOU just might be the next Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton or Carlos Santana. Heck yeah! Why not just believe? What you think is what you get. Step one for any guitar hero: confidence. Trust in your talent. It will take you far. But you’ve also got to make the effort and set aside the time.
So, pick that thing up and start strumming. Start picking out notes. Start lessons or just figuring it out by ear, start experimenting, getting a feel for it. Figure it out- where do you want to go with this? Is this something serious or just a hobby? Make up your mind, then things will begin to flow. If you don’t know, it’s not going to flow.