Authored by Geoff Vaughan in Music
Published on 07-02-2009
When it comes to learning a new instrument, the best way to practice is to learn a new song. After the basic notes and chords are mastered, beginner guitar players should choose relatively easy music to practice. This is not always an easy task because so many songs are available. However, once you learn what to look for you will be able to locate many beginner guitar songs.
Very few people have an ear for music where they can just start playing songs that they heard on the radio. Some people develop this skill after years of lessons and practice. For the rest of the population the only way to learn a song is by looking at sheet music and practicing. Through practice, people are able to eventually play the songs without music in front of them.
Most people learn to play the guitar by taking one on one guitar lessons with an instructor. Some instructors teach from their homes, while others teach at music studios and stores. Although the music stores will usually have the largest selection of music, guitar instructors often have a lot of beginner songs at hand. Many often sell beginner music books to their students. These books are created for students at each level of mastery. Therefore, once guitar players master the songs at one level, they can purchase the next book in the series. These songs get progressively more difficult to challenge the player.
In addition to these series, many recording artists sell books at various skills. The beginner books usually start with fewer notes and chords to make it easier to learn the song. The recording artist will usually have songs for “Intermediate” and “Difficult” levels. The more complicated the chords, the higher the skill level will be on the music. Of course, not all artists sell books at each level. Some songs are only available in the “Difficult” versions. Skilled musicians can modify these songs for beginners, so you may be able to work with these individuals to get assistance with easier songs.
Once you start playing, you will be able to tell which music compositions were designed specifically for beginners just by looking at the number of notes on a music line. The more notes, along with flat and sharp keys, the more difficult the song will be to play. The notes are usually bigger on beginner songs too. This is because many people begin to learn instruments as children. Children have an easier time reading the bigger notes.
In addition to learning how to play the guitar with an instructor, you can also learn by watching videos and through the Internet. An instructor on these forums will walk you through each note, and gradually teach you how to play a complete song. The Internet is rapidly becoming the instructional method of choice for people to learn how to play the guitar. Most of these sites will modify songs for beginner guitar players.
Regardless of how you decide to learn to play the guitar, the key is to choose beginner songs and work your way up to more difficult pieces as you conquer each new chord. With a lot of practice and dedication, you will be able to perform successfully, and impress your friends and family with the music you have learned.