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Minor Pentatonic Scales

Learning different scales, such as the minor pentatonic scales, can be a really quick way to learn your way around the fretboard. By practicing scales, your fingers will become more fluent with chord changes as well as location of each note which is vital to learning new specific songs and riffs.

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10 Easy Summertime Guitar Songs for Beginners

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Summer may be winding down, but it’s not too late to learn seasonal tunes on your guitar! And from “Summertime Blues” to Kenny Chesney, many of the top summer songs are easy to play. Check out the infographic below, compiled by music lessons provider TakeLessons, to learn the chords for 10 easy songs… 

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How to Get into the Guitar and Actually Stick to it

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Are you having trouble pulling your guitar out for another practice because you just can’t get in the mood? You might be feeling like it’s too hard and that what you’ve done so far isn’t good enough. Well, you might be caught in a slump, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t kick yourself out of it.

Here are some very simple strategies to jumpstart your guitar practices and get yourself some guitar motivation.

1. Believe in your abilities. Realize that when you’re practicing the guitar by yourself, you don’t have to prove anything to anybody. You can accomplish whatever you want in any amount of time. Just force yourself to pick up that guitar at least once per day.

2. Fit a guitar practice into your schedule. You might know that you have a lot on your plate during the day, but you can probably afford fifteen minutes for your guitar. Set aside a small portion of time each day with the motivation that every tiny bit helps.

3. Practice where you want. If you don’t like to practice in front of other people because it makes you nervous, then don’t do it! Pick the most personal place where you can truly let loose and don’t let anything hold you back on that guitar.

4. Practice what you want. Maybe you didn’t want to play again because the thought of another scale or practice riff just sounded terrible to you. Then don’t play them! If you sit down to your next guitar practice knowing that you can play whatever you want, you’re almost guaranteed to get your motivation back.

5. Reward yourself when it’s over. Another thing that guitarists miss out on is a little reward to themselves for completing their agenda. It can be small like buying an ice cream cone or going to the movies, but the purpose is to let yourself know that you did a good job.

Your guitar motivation might have been waning last time because you didn’t get to practice what you wanted, and that can stink. Plan on doing things your way the next time so that playing the guitar is a fun experience again.

A good guitar practice routine

Are you just starting out with the guitar? Is there a song you want to play or maybe one that you’ve written? Perhaps you started, gave up, but now you are ready to really learn again. No matter where you are at, now is the time to pick up your guitar and have a practicing routine. Below are some good practice routines you should follow:

1: Get to know the basic “open” chords

Start out with the simple E, A, D, C, and G chords. These are the types that only require two or three fingers. Not only are they easy to learn, but they are also the foundation for thousands of popular songs.

The trick is to practice holding a chord and playing it until you get a clear sound. Then practice releasing your hand and try to reposition your fingers again as quickly as possible. Once you’ve mastered a few chords in this way, practice switching back and forth between chords as quickly as possible. Strum the guitar each time for feedback.

2: Learn to play a real song

This is a really important tip. It is important to learn real songs from the very beginning. Avoid getting lost in drills or renditions of “Three Blind Mice”. The point of learning to play the guitar to actually play the guitar. There are many hundreds of popular and/or classic songs that only require two or three of the basic chords. Learning a few classic songs early on will not only teach you a lot, but boost your confidence and keep you motivated..

3: Yes, you have to practice scales

Unfortunately, scales really are required. In fact, they are vital to your to learning how to play. Practicing scales is equivalent to weight lifting and drilling in sports. Athletes spend more time practicing and conditioning their bodies than they do playing the game. The same is true for the guitar. Musical scales form the foundation of nearly all music. Practicing scales trains your fingers to across the strings, back and forth along the guitar. Mastering scales makes it easy and effortless to play the right notes. You’ll barely even have to think about it after awhile.

4: Practice blindfolded

This is one technique that really helps to learn how to play the guitar. You can practice chords this way. Practice picking notes and composing whole songs with this method. When you practice this way blindfolded, you quickly train hands and fingers to go where they are supposed to go on the guitar. You will develop a “feel” for the guitar this way. If you are ever playing for an audience, you won’t have time to stop and look for the right finger position. The key is to train your fingers to automatically go where they need to go.

5: Use an expert

Finally, the main recommendation for learning how to play the guitar, is to get guidance from an an experienced teacher. You might choose a private tutor or an online guitar training program. Either way, you need a well designed program or teacher to lead you step-by-step through the learning process. A qualified teacher or well produced program will know what challenges and pitfalls you will encounter and will know how to guide you past them.

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Important Things Beginner Guitar Players Should Know

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Important Things Beginner Guitar Players Should Learn

Now that you want to learn how to play guitar, where do you start and what are some of the things that beginner guitarist should know? Playing guitar is similar to other skills, and you have to start from the beginning so that you can master everything that is required.

If you want to succeed in playing guitar, you need to master all the basic skills and this will give you a good foundation. I have given you a list of ten things that any beginner guitar player should know. Once you get all the points in your fingertips, then you are ready to continue playing your instrument to perfection.

Understand Guitar Anatomy

There is no way you will play guitar if you do not know the anatomy of your guitar. You should have all the details on everything and what they do. Familiarize yourself with different parts of your guitar from the bridge to the headstock, and this can take you some time. Whether you are playing acoustic guitar or electric guitar, understand everything fully and how they work, and this will give you a simple time when you are training.

Holding Your Guitar

You need to hold your guitar the right way if you want to get the best sound. If you are using your guitar for the first time, you may feel lost on how to do it right. Practice holding your guitar by keeping your left hand on the neck and the right hand over the soundhole so that you can get the best sound from your instrument.

What if you are left-handed how should you hold your guitar? You can flip the strings of your guitar around, and this means reversing the strings completely. Then you need to hold your guitar with your right hand on the neck. Another solution for you is to flip the guitar over without necessary restringing.

How To Hold A Pick

There are players whole prefer playing their guitar without a pick.  However, if you are beginner player, it is great if you start learning with your pick until you can now use your hands effectively. You need to know how to hold your pick in the right way. Always place your pick between the tip of your finger and the thumb. You can also find a comfortable way of holding it depending on how you would love to do it.

Pick are available in different styles ranging from thick to thin. It is great if you start with a thinner pick because they are easy to use for beginners. Because picks are easy to lose, buy a couple they are cheap so that you will not feel stranded when you lose one.

Know How To Re-String A Guitar

After playing your guitar for some time, the strings can lose luster, and this is evident when they get discolored making the guitar very hard to tune. If you know how to replace the strings of your guitar, you will always be sure of the best sound from your instrument.

You can visit your local guitar shop to get more information on how to change the strings of your guitar.

Reading Tabs And Chords

The process is simple, and beginner guitar player will master with ease. You need to know what strings you press and with which fingers. One of the simplest tricks on learning how to play guitar and chords is learning simple songs like bad moon rising.

Exercising Your Fingers

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