Starting a New Instrument
Wanting to start an instrument? Have you started playing music, just wanting to try something fresh, something new? Well if the guitar is your choice, this is the place to be! Teaching simple chords, and simple techniques can get you far out into your musical career. You’d be suprised how many musicians use simple chords and techniques. Power chords and C, D, E, F, G, A, B scales and tuning, all getting you started on your road to musical success!
The six strings on an electric or acoustic are best tuned to standard tuning if you’re wanting to start out. Your lowest string on your guitar will be tuned to a low E note. If you’re near a keyboard/piano, find your low E note and press it. Match the note to the pianos sound. Match the strings in order going up the piano matching the notes. Lowest first : E, A, D, G, B, E.
Now that your guitar is tuned… hopefully, its time to move one to reading tabs. Tabs are simple, easy ways, bound to give you a boost in learning.
Each line represents a string with a letter of the note. The numbers represent the fret on your guitar neck. If the number is 0 the string is played open. You play the notes on the string in order. If two number are placed above/below eachother, you play them at the same time. Once you understand how these work, they will help you play many different songs. On the internet there are many different songs that you can learn via tab.
Now lets move on to simple chords!
You play and F chord with your index finger holding down and the string with your other fingers on each fret.
Now that you know your chords, it’s always good to give them a bit of a practice. Practice going from one chord to another, it will greatly improve your playing. If you don’t practice transitions between chords, playing will become very difficult.
If it helps, play with a plectrum (guitar pick). You can vary sizes, thickness, etc. You can buy them from any music store within your area. You can play with your fingers, whatever you feel comfortable with. Playing with a pick helps very much with playing fast notes. Fingerpicking is a style of playing with your fingers (obviously), but that’s a different matter. For now, practice your chords and playing with picks and fingers. Feel free to look up tabs of songs, give them a practice wouldn’t do any harm. Most of all, have fun!