There will always be that one record that alters your perception about music, allowing you to appreciate music from another level. And in turn, said record inspires people to go pick up an instrument and dream of being the next Mick Jagger, Eddie Van Halen, Flea or Chris Adler.
Should you decide to play guitar, there is no better time to learn to play one than now. While in the past guitar legends had to take lessons from another experienced player, today’s aspiring guitar god can practically learn to play the instrument inside his or bedroom, aided to a great extent by Internet sites like ultimate-guitar.com and YouTube as well as various apps ranging from tuners to fretboard trainers.
But whether you choose to learn by yourself or choose to study under the guidance of a guitar maestro, there are several principles you should know by heart.
First, buy the best guitar you can afford. Some people start out with the cheapest instrument they can find (that is not to say that quality should be equated with a steep price tag), thinking that they might outgrow their enthusiasm for playing it. However, buying the best instrument you can afford is much preferable because the quality of the sound the instrument produces is enough motivation to push players to learn more. In addition to this, it is much easier to trade in a quality instrument than something inferior. This will be helpful when you choose to upgrade your gear.
The key to mastering any skill is putting in lots of hours practicing and perfecting it. That rings true whether you want to master a fade away jump shot or play blistering solos. That means that even if you are not feeling enthusiastic about practicing today, you still have to forge your way on through. Now, you do not have to spend almost all your free time practicing. Expert players often advise newbies to set aside at least 10 minutes everyday to practice drills and exercises. That includes playing actual songs.
There are two ways to do something: the right way and the wrong way. When you are starting out, do not opt for the shortcut. Learn the basics and find out how to do them properly. Before today’s masters became legends, they built their chops doing the same things you are doing.
As you continue to progress, it is a good idea to move out of your comfort zone and try to learn more complicated materials. It does not matter whether you are just playing guitar to amuse yourself or to join or form your own band. By trying other materials, you are expanding your horizons as an artist.
Finally, remember to have fun. In the end, that is the true spirit of becoming a guitar player — playing so that people can enjoy music.