You (finally) bought your first guitar! Now your only dream is to learn guitar and play your first songs as a guitarist. So you find scores on the web, preferably those of your favorite song, you take your guitar in hand, try to tackle the chords and … disappointment, it does not sound at all like on the CD. You can’t chain the chords together, and we’re not even talking about the solo…
So what to do? Give up at the first difficulty encountered? Certainly not! All the guitarists, and even the most legendary, were sucked one day. But they continued to train, day after day and, what seemed difficult to them when starting out became easy. You are on this path, so do not stop on the way.
I will reveal here an open secret. Learning the guitar basically requires two things: regular practice, and method. In other words, there is no point in reinventing the wheel. Take courses! And, I have good news for you if you cannot afford to take private lessons with a guitar teacher: there are very well done online guitar lessons, which you can access today.
Why take guitar lessons?
Because it is the best way to progress quickly and efficiently. You can certainly try to learn the guitar on your own, by drawing from the right to the left in what you find on the web (for example there are tons of guitar videos on YouTube ). But in doing so, you will miss something essential. What?
What you will miss is a logical progression diagram. What good is it to learn pentatonic scales if you don’t even know what a chord is made of? Or that you don’t know the major scale? Not much. Because you will be encumbered with knowledge which is certainly not useless, but which is likely to encumber you at a time when you do not (yet) need it.
The advantage of guitar lessons online or elsewhere is that they allow you to start from the beginning. In general, you will first learn how to hold your guitar and your pick well, and then you will see the basic chords, learn how to chain them. The mastery of back and forth picks and the study of rhythm will logically follow. A little basic music theory and understanding of music theory (what are notes? What is the scale?
Do you see the difference between this logical progression on the one hand and the temptation of the self-taught on the other? The autodidact will find the scores of a song and try to learn it. He will not have mastery of the technique, will not know how to place his fingers or how to play the rhythm … and he will risk in doing so developing bad habits, very difficult to correct later. Conversely, whoever follows the teachings of a guitarist will do things in order: before learning a song, he will learn how to place his fingers to make the different chords, how to use his pick, etc.
So give yourself this gift: take guitar lessons! And you know what, that’s good.