For beginners, the guitar has a pretty steep learning curve. When I first decided to learn to play the guitar, it was followed by a lot of disappointments. There were plenty of moments when I just wanted to give up.
It’s not that I wasn’t practicing enough. The problem was I didn’t know the proper techniques. I had to learn them the hard way through years of practice and failure.
In this article, I am going to share some essential guitar practice tips for beginners. This will make learning the guitar much easier and help you avoid the most common rookie mistakes.
Guitar Practice Tips For Beginners
1. Don’t Cheap Out On The Guitar
A cheap guitar will produce cheap sounds and will rarely be in tune. This will seriously limit your learning capabilities. Choose a reputable brand like Yamaha and spend on a good guitar.
2. Learn To Tune Your Guitar
Like I said it’s important for your guitar to stay in tune. But they can become out of tune over time even if you don’t use them. So, tune your guitar every time before practice. For this, you can buy a guitar tuner or download a tuning app from google play.
3. Proper Griping
In your practice, you might find pressing down on the strings to be difficult. Just by instinct, you might be tempted to put your (fretting hand) thumb on the top of the fret for better leverage. Don’t do that. This one of the most common bad habits beginners pick up. This will force your fingers to press down using the flat pad. This can cause a lot of problems while playing the guitar.
Put your thumb on the back of the fret and press down with the tips of your finger. This can feel a bit uncomfortable at first but you’ll get used to it eventually. Also, note that there is no need to press down the strings hard enough to the fret wood. The strings should touch only the metal fret which makes the note.
4. Take Breaks While Practicing
At the beginning pressing down on the strings can be pretty painful. But don’t let that stop you. You’ll eventually develop calluses on your fingertips and the pain will go away. But don’t go overboard and practice till you bleed. Take breaks while practicing.
5. Go Slow
Since learning to play guitar is not a racing competition or you’re not playing Need for Speed 4, so you shouldn’t speed up at the initial stage. It is most important to learn accurately, practice correct fingering and being able to hit the right notes with good technique rather than go super-fast with bad techniques. And when you got those things right, you can speed up or speed will increase instinctively.
6. Practice Regularly
Regularity is the most important part of learning to play the guitar. Practicing a few days and then suddenly stopping is the worst thing you can do. My advice is to set 15 to 20 minutes in your daily routine for guitar practicing and maintain that schedule.
Also, practice new things or hard stuff along with the older one which you already learn to play. It will boost your growth as a guitar player when you push yourself forward to practice and learn new things without practicing the same stuff again and again.
7. Don’t Avoid Hard Chords
Some chords like barre chords are more difficult than others. Don’t avoid them. Practice them even more. Avoiding certain chords will limit your playing. Practicing them over and over again will help you to develop your technique.
These are the most essential guitar practice tips for beginners like you. Though these tips are conspicuous and well known to every guitar players but somehow beginners failed to follow the same in the excitement of learning new stuff. At first, learn the basics accurately, don’t be disheartened and keep practicing. Just follow these tips and you’ll become a pro in no time.