How many times have you said, I wish I could play the guitar! I bet I said it thousands of time before someone said to me, “Well, why don’t you?”
Huh! That was a good question. What was holding me back? Fear of failure? Time? No instrument? I guess all of the above. I didn’t have much time … who does? I sure hate to fail at anything I try to do! And, I didn’t have a guitar.
The later excuse was the easiest to remedy. I just did a search and found some great deals on a Takamine guitar – they’re great for beginners and professionals with a great range of pricing. (I can’t stand paying full price for anything, can you???) With a guitar in hand and hating for anyone to accuse me of wasting good money, I soon found the time and overcame my fear of failure. I’m a happy player today!
Learning how to play guitar well is not easy. There are so many methods and so many conflicting opinions, it makes it difficult to know what to do.
But the simple fact is, if you want to be the best you can, as soon as you can, then all you need to do is – copy what the pro’s do…
Master the Basics!
Mastering the basics means being able to play in all keys. Being able to transpose any song to any other key – on the spot preferably.
Did you know that 95% of guitarists DON’T master the basics. Oh yes, they mean to get around to it, but they hardly ever do.
Why is that? Well, it’s because they think it’s boring, complicated and too much hard work. And most of all – no fun! And mostly they were right. Well, it needn’t be that way. Mastering the basics can be a lot of fun if you go about it in a methodical set-by-step way.
What does mastering the basics entail?
There are 6 basic steps you need to follow:
1. Learn the names of all notes on all strings, one string at a time.
2. Learn how to construct a C Major scale.
Basic must-know guitar theory. Easy stuff.
3. Learn how the chords of the major scale are made and what they are… their names etc. C Dm Em F G Am Bdim.
Basic chord construction knowledge.
4. Learn the triad patterns for the C major scale all over the fret board.
Triads are simple 3-note chords. Easy and fun to learn and play.
5. Learn to play those triads with common chord progressions.
Learn to play and apply the triads to the most common chord progressions that fit thousands and thousands of songs.
6. Learn to do step 5 in all keys.
Once you can do steps one to five in the key of C, it’s real easy to learn it for the other 11 major keys.
Hint: It’s much easier than you think. All the patterns are exactly the same as what you learn for C major. You don’t have to learn any new patterns. Cookie cutter stuff.
It really is not hard at all. All you need is a methodical step-by-step method that makes sense and is easy and fun to use.
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