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How to Play a Guitar / Learing to Play a Guitar

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A guitar is not the easiest of instruments to learn, but with the right mix of guidance and perseverance, even the most unsure of beginners can make magic. Many leading guitarists are taught having no formal training in music.

So, How does one play a guitar?

Well, first, you need a guitar to begin to try. Get one - acoustic is the best for beginners, in my opinion.

A formal tuition in music is going to a definite boost. If you are really serious - enroll in a college music course and major in the guitar! Get a tutor or a friend to get you through the hoops.

If you don't have the time for lessons, try learning on the internet - sorry to bother you if you have already decided upon this method ;-) There are a dozen free sites and articles on the net that will help you a lot.

Last but perhaps the most important thing about being able to play well, is that you must either possess or develop a keen ear. There is a proverb - "the eyes don't see what the mind doesn't know." For the guitar it can be restated as - "the fingers can not play what the mind does not hear." Listen to the songs that you want to play over and over again - just like you will mug up a piece of poem before a recital. Once you know the basic structure of the song, and have a bit of playing experience, you can play the lead yourself. The more details your ears pick up. the more precise will be your rendition of the song.

Learning is the = Listening + Practicing. You may, now, after learning staff notation, go through every piece of sheet music that you can lay hands upon; but how many such will you be able to play flawlessly unless you have HEARD the song properly?

So, lets start learning how to play a guitar (the real kind - not the game):

Here's a link to the index page on my absolutely forever free online e-book on basic music theory: Index of Basic Music Theory .

Take your time and go through the pages. Pick up some easy song you like and try and play that along with track.

Best of luck and may your labour soon bear the fruits you desire...

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Vishal Muraleedharansaid...

I am not able to get the "the absolutely free and forever E-BOOK" as it is shown it has been removed.

Dr. Arindam Sarkarsaid...

Actually "the absolutely free and forever E-BOOK" that originally was in pdf has undergone so many updates and modifications and corrections that the pdf version had become dated. And I can not keep updating the pdf every few days. And hence this site itself is the e-book now - updated and corrected quickly and easily searchable. The index page is here:

Hope this helps. :)

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Tune your guitar before you start playing.^Top^

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