Learning to play the guitar isn’t as simple as remembering the chords and strumming the strings. There is a lot of technique to it. As a guitarist, I had to learn them all by myself through years of experience, trial, and failure.
A lot of mistakes were done during that time and this article is all about warning you of them.
In this article, I’ll be writing about some common beginner guitar mistakes that newbies like yourself tend to make.
Common Beginner Guitar Mistakes
1. Buying a cheap guitar
This is probably the most common rookie mistake. Trust me. You don’t want to cheap out on the guitar. Cheap guitars have poor sound production. They are rarely in tune. So, cheeping out will not help you to learn well. Remember, when learning to play the guitar you don’t just train your hands. You train your hearing as well.
So, buy the best one you possibly can. Go with a trusted and reliable brand like Yamaha.
2. Improper grip
Pushing down on the strings on the fret is pretty damn hard for beginners. So, a lot of them have the bright idea of placing their thumb on the top of the fret and using it as leverage. Which is really not a bright idea. Cause this makes you press down on the strings with the flat pad of your fingers which is not ideal.
Place your thumb on the back of the fret and then push down on the string using the tips of your fingers.
3. Too many breaks or too few breaks
In the beginning, playing the guitar can be a bit painful. Some people just can’t bare through it. Others, go a little too overboard and play till they damage their fingers. Both are bad ways of dealing with the pain.
Try to practice every day for 10 to 15 minutes. Even if you feel your thumbs are a bit sore. This will allow the formation of calluses on your fingertips that eventually reduce the pain.
It’s easy to get disheartened at the beginning of the learning process. And many seem to take a break from their practice from time to time. This off and on practicing will mess up your flow and lengthen the learning process.
My advice is practicing every day. Giving as low as 15 minutes of your day for practicing is enough for learning the guitar quickly and efficiently.
5. Not tuning before practicing
Many beginner guitarists don’t know that your guitar will fall of tune as you use it. It will happen even if you don’t use it.
So, tune your guitar every time before practicing.
6. Avoiding hard chords
Instead of learning them like they should many beginners try to avoid hard chords. You should never do that.
The hardest chords are the ones that will help you develop your technique. So, practice hard and tackle them head-on.
These are the most common beginner guitar mistakes. Now you can avoid these and make your learning process much easier. Practice hard and you’ll become an expert in no time. Good luck!