Learn How to Play the Guitar and Actually Stick With It

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Written by Natalie from GuitarLeaf.com

If you are a musically inclined person, then playing the guitar is crucial for you whether you are doing it out of hobby or you are pursuing a professional career in the music industry. Learning the guitar may look like a daunting task with its mix of complex chords and style but there’s this age old saying that you have to remember especially when learning how to play the guitar and that’s “Practice makes perfect” nobody becomes a God like guitar player overnight. You have to have patience and dedication to the craft. I know, at times you can’t get in the mood and you might be caught up in a slump, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t rally your spirits up and kick yourself out of it.

In this article, I’ll be explaining a few sure-fire ways to get you in the spirit and get better at playing the guitar.

Here are 5 practice tips for beginners.

Practice Like There’s No Tomorrow

Practice and practice some more. Jimmy Page didn’t get to write songs like “Kashmir” or “Stairway to Heaven” without practice. Take it from him; he practiced everyday to perfect his craft. In my opinion, the best way to practice is by yourself now “Why?” you ask. Practicing by yourself means you can nobody can point out any mistakes or you don’t have to prove anything to anyone while playing. It gives you the much needed confidence boosts that you need early on while practicing and eventually playing the guitar either in front of your friends or a crowd.

Reward Yourself When It’s Over

Always reward yourself after finishing a practice session or else it would feel like a chore instead of something fulfilling. Treat yourself to some sweets! Cookies, Ice Cream or Salted Caramels you name it. You should not be hard on yourself while practicing. Of course, don’t be greedy. The purpose of this is to let yourself know that you did a great job and you’re getting better each day.

Start By Learning Guitar Chords Slowly (And Of Course Correctly)

Some of your guitar heroes may perform feats of God-like tier guitar shredding because of that you may feel playing fast. Don’t even get me started with those damn barre chords. I’m gonna tell you now that it’s a bad idea. Here’s another age old saying you should remember “Don’t run before you can walk” that said, the best way to learn guitar chords is slowly and I mean slowly. You have to teach your fingers where to go and what to do until it becomes muscle memory.

Don’t Neglect Hard Chords

Ahh, the dreaded barre chords. You can find a way to not play those chords by using a Capo but you can’t dodge them forever so better saddle up and learn it. Even though their really pain in the neck to learn and frustrating the more time you spend on them (trust me I KNOW) but you have to remember, “Nothing comes easy” you won’t regret learning those chords.

Learn Barre Chords And How They Work

Barre chords are the backbone of Rock responsible for classic rock hits like “Smoke on the Water”, “Nothing Else Matters” and “Santeria”. Granted that playing barre chords on the Acoustic guitar are a piece of work but trust me, when you transition to electric guitar it would all make sense.

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Now that you know the practice tips and tricks on how to play the guitar. Here’s a treat for you future guitar aficionados:

Easy Love Songs You Can Play On The Guitar

1.) “I’m Yours” By Jason Mraz

This song is a Grammy Nominated written by a Grammy winning songwriter/musician that’s guaranteed to make your lady tingle (or your man we don’t judge). Here’s are the chords:

With no capo: B, F#, Gm, E
CHORUS
B………………F#
I won’t hesitate no more,
…..G#m……………….E
no more, it cannot wait i’m yours

 

2.) “More Than Words” By Extreme

Ahhh. This song brings memories. Belive it or not this is the first song I sang for my now fiancée. This song is a staple love song and won’t go out of style any time soon. Granted it is a bit tricky to play but you can get away with simple strumming. Here are the chords:

G……………Cadd9……..Am7…………..C………..D…………..G
Saying I love you, is not the words I want to hear from you
G……………Cadd9……..Am7…………..C………..D…….Em
It’s not that I want you, not to say but if you only knew
Bm7……….Am7……D…………………G………..D/F#………Em
How, ea – sy, it would be to show me how you feel
Bm7…………Am7…………D7 ………………G7…………….C
More than words, is all you have to do to make it real
…………….Cm…………………. G………………..Em7
Then you wouldn’t have to say, that you love me,
…………Am7 …………D7
‘Cos I’d al – ready know

 

3.) “Let Her Go” By Passenger

This song is arguably one of the best love song wrote in the 2000’s its well written and oh so pretty. There are a few ways how to play this song with and without a Capo. Here are the chords:

With capo at 7
……………………F……………………….C
Well you only need the light when it s burning low
…………………..G………………………..Am
Only miss the sun when it s starts to snow
……………….F………………………..C ………G
Only know you love her when you let her go
…………………………F………………………. C
Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
…………………..G……………………….Am
Only hate the road when you re missing home
…………………….F ……………………….C
Only know you love her when you’ve let her go
G
And you let her go

Without capo
…………………………C …………………….G
Well you only need the light when its burning low
………………..D ……………………Em
Only miss the sun when its starts to snow
………………….C ……………………….G……….D(sus4)
Only know you love her when you let her go
…………………………C………………………….G
Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
……………………D…………………….Em
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
……………………C ………………………… G………D(sus4)
Only know you love her when you’ve let her go
D
And you let her go

 

4.) “The Only Exception” By Paramore

This is for the ladies out there (or for the guys who wants to play this song) this song is worth learning since it has great sing-along quality. It also doesn’t hurt to be a heartfelt love song for your special someone. Here are the chords:

Capo at 4th fret: G, Dm, Cmaj7 (with an Am in the bridge)
VERSE1
G…………………………….Dm…………………….. Cmaj7
When I was younger I saw my daddy cry and curse at the wind
…….. G …………………………………………..Dm……………. Cmaj7
He broke his own heart and I watched as he tried to re-assemble it
…….G…………………………………..Dm……………..Cmaj7
And my mama swore that she would never let herself forget
………..G…………………………………………………….. Dm
And that was the day that I promised I’d never sing of love
……………….. Cmaj7
if it does not exist, but darling

CHORUS
G
You are the only exception
Dm…………. Cmaj7
You are the only exception
G
You are the only exception
Dm …………. Cmaj7……… G…
You are the only exception

 

5.) “She Will Be Loved” By The Maroon 5

This song takes me back, this is the first song I played for a crowd. It’s also a staple radio station song (if you know the song you probably know why) with this song I’m sure you’ll be hit with the ladies (or guys if that’s your drift we don’t judge). Here are the chords:

Capo at first fret

D5…………………………A
I don’t mind spending everyday
Bm……………………………..G5
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
D5…………………………….. A
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Bm………………………….G5
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
………….. D5……… A
And she will be loved
Bm………….G
She will be loved

About Natalie Wilson:

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Natalie has been an avid guitar fan for as long as she can remember and the day she embarked on her six-string journey at the young age of 5 truly defined the course of my entire life. She works as a professional musician, session guitarist, and guitar teacher, and would like to use her blog as a personal outlet to share her six-string knowledge with the world.

 

3 Responses to Learn How to Play the Guitar and Actually Stick With It

  1. Darren says:

    Very nice article missing 1 simple point. Make sure the guitar you have isnt a finger shredder.

    You have a guitar with a poor set up, and the wrong strings, your fingers will get so sore that you may not want to practice. Not as often any way.

    Do your homework buying a first guitar, follow these 5 tips and you may very well be the next Jimmy Page indeed.

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  3. Aaron says:

    Great article. It can be an amazing guide for the guitar learners. Keep Posting!!

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