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Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar but have just not really known where to begin? Well, it’s time that you figured that part out, and it’s time for you to take the first step. This article will provide you with some great advice on how to get started learning your favorite musical instrument.

Practice your rhythm. Regardless of whether you know the chords, if you’re not playing at the right tempo, you’re going to sound awful. Try practicing with a metronome. Don’t dwell too much on where your fingers are. That could cause you to form bad habits. Focus on keeping the right pace.

Learn to play in time. This is essential to playing the guitar like a pro. You may have your fingering down, but you may have slight, almost inaudible pauses when you switch chords. This will greatly affect the sound of your music. Try using a metronome, a person, or a music CD. Start playing slowly and learning how to play fast as you get more comfortable with it.

It is best to engage a teacher to help you learn. Although you may want to learn yourself, there are a number of benefits that a teacher can bring to the table. Decent teachers can critique styles and give you suggestions for better playing. It also gives you someone to asks questions when you take lessons.

Learning music theory can help novice guitarists. It is one of those classes that you either love or hate. The skills can help your playing immensely. You can learn items like how to read chord charts, sight-read sheet music, and all about note names. It can help you better recognize and understand what you hear and play.

Figuring out the guitar can seem difficult if you’re not sure how to approach the instrument. Certainly this article has helped you figure that out some, and now you’re ready to start learning some music. Pick up that guitar, and make the decision that you’re going to learn how to play.

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Advice For Parents Buying A Guitar For Children

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As a parent, you have decided to buy a guitar for your child so he/she can begin learning how to play, learn about music, and have a great and healthy hobby. Before you go and make the investment into purchasing the instrument, there are a few tips that parents should know:

Purchase A Guitar At The Correct Time

The first thing to think about is: “Is my child old enough to start playing?” This is very important because buying a guitar for your child too early will cause them to not take it seriously enough to make it a talent and a hobby. Some parents think, “Oh well, if it is too early at-least we have the guitar and they can pick it up whenever they want to.” This doesn’t usually happen; the majority of musicians that take their playing seriously, got the itch to play guitar right from the get-go. The trick is to simply pick the right time in your child’s development to introduce the guitar. This may be a difficult thing to gauge, but the best time to introduce a child to a guitar is around 9-12 years old for boys, and 8-13 for girls. The biggest thing to remember is that you should buy your child a guitar around the time when they start to take interest in their room, their friends and social circles.

Cheap Guitars Can Be Harder to Learn On

Okay, so you are ready to buy your child a guitar, you think it is the perfect timing for it, so you buy a cheap $99 “starter” guitar to get them going and see if it works for them. The problem with this is that cheap guitars are cheaper for a reason. Guitar makers do not put the effort and craftsmanship into the cheap guitars that they put into their more expensive models. This means that a cheaper guitar is not going to be as balanced for sound as the expensive models. This also means that the notes will not sound as good on a cheap guitar as on an expensive one, which can hinder a child’s learning on guitar, thinking they aren’t playing right because it doesn’t sound as good as when they hear guitar on songs or other people’s playing. Spending a little extra money on a higher quality guitar will mean that the guitar naturally sounds better, meaning your child’s playing naturally sounds better. When the notes a child plays sound good, it motivates a child to stick with playing and expand their talents.

Setup The Guitar Before Giving It To Your Kids!

This is the most important thing to remember when purchasing a guitar for your kids. When you purchase brand new guitar, the “setup of the strings” is set to a default setting, meaning that the strings will usually be very high up off the fretboard of the guitar. When the strings are set this high, a guitarist has to push his/her fingers down harder to hit a clean note. This is very difficult and painful for even guitarists with decades of playing under their belt, let alone a child that is struggling to build up finger strength and dexterity. The top reason that so many kids don’t stick with playing guitar is because it is so “hard” or even painful. Getting the guitar setup by a professional guitar tech will make sure that the guitar is easy to play, and will encourage your kids to stick with it even further.

Finally, the next thing a child needs when learning the guitar is plenty of support and encouragement. Make sure that they know that they are really working towards a talent that will help them in all aspects of their lives in the future. The gift of music is a beautiful thing, just remember these tips before you give that gift.

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