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Learning The Guitar

    I remember when I first started learning the guitar. I had a cheap little blue electric guitar with a matching amp that my parents bought me when I was 12. Every since that day, I’ve been expanding my knowledge of the instrument.

    At first, though, it was hard playing that little blue guitar. I couldn’t remember the names of the notes, so I wrote the names on masking tape and tapped it them directly on the fretboard. What a mess it made! 

    I also had a hard time pressing down hard enough to sound a chord. Eventually I got the hang of it, but then I had trouble changing chords fast enough to play songs. I learned how to play power chords early on. This helped me when I began playing barred chords.

    Eventually I learned how to play scales,  chord construction, how to create chord progressions, and how to play guitar solos. I learned it all one step at a time and you can too!

    Before you jump into the deep water you’ll need to learn some of the absolute basics of playing guitar. For example:

    • Parts of the guitar
    • How to hold the guitar
    • How to use a pick
    • The names of the strings
    • How to tune your guitar
    • How to fret the guitar
    • Guitar techniques
    • Dot inlays
    • The notes on the guitar
    • How to read guitar tab
    • How to read a chord diagram
    • Common open chords
    • Barre chords

    Once you have mastered these topics you’ll be well on your way to bigger and better things!