Learning to play a guitar is not always easy to most people and many have problems that they have to work on to overcome. Over time, many of these problems appear to be common to a number of different people, and a list of them, and how to overcome them, could be useful in helping you to learn quicker by having the answers that others had to work out for themselves. Not all problems are easy to overcome, but here is a short list of those that many beginners come up against and what they have done to overcome them. That is not to guarantee that these solutions will work for you, but there is no real reason why they should not. 1. Hand pain. Playing a guitar involves using your hand and forearm muscles in ways they have not been used before.
The benefit of learning to play acoustic guitar is that you can practice anywhere - and you are going to be practicing a lot! You are not restricted to being close to an amplifier socket, but apart from that there is not all that much difference between learning acoustic and electric guitar. The most important thing you must do is to make sure that your guitar is properly tuned. Invest in a set of pitch pipes or tuning forks, and learn how to get each string exactly in tune. If not, then you will never develop an 'ear' for your strings and their pitch. There are lots of sites online that explain how to properly tune your instrument - and remember that the guitar is a musical instrument and not a toy.
Whether or not you should buy an acoustic guitar as opposed to an electric guitar is dependent on a number of factors, one of the most obvious being price. If you are on a tight budget you will get a better acoustic guitar for your money than electric, mainly because you have to retain some of your budget for the amplifier. However, that apart, there are pros and cons whatever type of guitar you choose to buy. Much will be connected with the type of music you want to play. If you want to be a classical guitarist, then obviously you will not purchase an electric guitar and vice versa if you want to be a rock guitarist. In distinguishing between electrical and acoustic, we are not applying the term 'electric' to an acoustic guitar fitted with a piezoelectric pick-up, but only to what is commonly accepted by the term 'electric guitar' with permanent magnetic pick-ups in whatever configuration they come in.
The best place to find tips for learning guitar effectively is online. Most people these days buy a guitar, play around with it for while and find they quite like it, so look around for some serious lessons so that they can play properly. That's where many go wrong. Although there are lots of free lessons to be found online, you have to go about it the right way or you will never be as good as you could have been. Here are eight tips that will help you to make the most of your guitar and become the best player you could possibly be. Many say that guitar playing is a gift, and great players are born great, but nothing can do more for your ability than practice.
Buying your first guitar is a big step for anybody, but even more for you if you intend to play seriously. Most youngsters get a guitar in their teens, and play around with it for while until the novelty wears off, and then get involved in something else such as the opposite sex, or sports or whatever. However, a few, and perhaps you are among them, decide to take playing seriously, and for them their first guitar has more meaning. If you are simply purchasing any old guitar so that you have one, then you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a playable instrument. Most people will likely buy a cheap acoustic guitar unless they have enough money to buy an electric guitar and amplifier.
Before you start learning to play the electric guitar there are some things you should know. Some involve prior knowledge of what you are letting yourself in for, and others have to do with stuff you should know before you start playing. Many people, especially teenagers, get guitars because they are a cool thing to have, but really have no idea of what is involved in learning to play a musical instrument. OK, so you might have some fun with it, but unless you are committed to learning how to create your own music, you shouldn't spend too much money on equipment and lessons. Learning to play the electric guitar involves commitment of your time since you have to practice a lot, and more than just a little physical pain.
Playing guitar should be fun, and learning to play the acoustic guitar is a good way to start. Acoustic is bit more difficult to learn than electric, but to begin learning acoustic all you need is a guitar and a pick, or plectrum, so most people start with acoustic, and then go on to electric if that is what they want. However, there are some things you should know before you start, and this applies to any type of guitar playing, not only acoustic. Some of these might sound designed to put you off playing, but they are not intended that way and are things that every player should know and come to understand in time. The first is that if you are the kind of person that starts something and then loses interest or gets bored and tends to go onto something else, then guitar playing is not for you.
Way back in the 1980's when Michael Jackson released a single with Paul McCartney that was a very big deal. Back then artists didn't perform together as much as they do today and collaborating was something everybody would be talking about. But nowadays it seems like that's absolutely normal and it might even be strange not to have at least one collaboration on an album. (Of course there are those artists that stick strictly to themselves.) I was inspired to write about this topic when I was writing my last post about Madonna's new music video. Notice how Timbaland and Justin Timberlake were featured? Looking back at Mariah Carey's last album, The Emancipation of Mimi, I couldn't help but notice that 7 out of 20 songs featured other artists!
If you've performed live on stage or even a casual jam with your friends at band practice -- one of the most annoying things guitarists have is a thing called FEEDBACK! If you don't know what feedback is -- it's that terrible high pitched sound that comes from speakers. It usually happens when you place your microphone too close to the speaker or play your guitar directly in front of the amplifier. Not only does this damage your ears, but it puts your audience off when they come to hear you play! Now I'm not an expert on the dynamics of feedback. But I have performed on stage many times and have learned a few tricks to avoid feedback from occurring... The first step is to turn down your treble on your amplifier.
The first ESP Guitar was made in Japan in 1976. The ESP Company (Electric Sound Products) actually started up a year earlier but only provided guitar replacement parts at that time. ESP guitars and replacement parts continued to be sold exclusively in Japan for nearly a decade before moving into the U.S. market. In 1983 their replacement parts were made available in the U.S and in 1984 their guitars made their American appearance. In 1984/85 ESP guitars were attracting some attention from great guitarists such as Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones), Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and Bruce Kulick (Kiss). The next big name to discover ESP guitars was George Lynch (Dokken) while shopping for guitar parts when he was touring in Japan.