Playing the guitar is a lot of fun and is a great way to relax, improve memory and satisfy many urges, including improving your mental health. Easy it ain’t, and that is why it is so satisfying to be a beginner guitar player and have success. Don’t mistake practicing your guitar as work, it is part of the fun of getting where you want to go.
I’m not going to confuse the issue with a bunch of extra stuff. Guitar lessons for beginners on dvd’s self study learn at home courses should be straight forward and easy to understand and digest.
When I start to discuss some of the essential ingredients needed in any self study guitar course, let me make this clear you don’t need to learn the theory behind what I say, you just need to learn how to do it. If I say you need to learn to play an A Minor Pentatonic Scale, that is what I mean. Remember the patterns written on guitar tabs below. Don’t worry about why it is a pentatonic scale. Who cares? Why complicate the issue for a beginner?
Right off the bat the best programs should teach some essential scale for the electric guitarist and acoustic guitarist too, and some easy to learn guitar chords. The same scales you will learn as a beginner guitar player will be used throughout your playing career. These scales will become more useful and versatile as you learn to use them. Don’t become concerned about learning the theory of the major scale as opposed the the first position of the scale right now.
Teaching you how to hold and play your guitar comfortably first is very important, and directly related to enjoying your play time. Fitting the right sized guitar to the player can make a big difference. I have seen small people give up playing guitar because the guitar is too big. Don’t fret, you can buy a quality 3/4 sized guitar if you have small hands.
Expect a certain amount of hand and finger soreness for a while, don’t practice more than 1/2 hour a day for a month. Study your book and take my advise, listen to a lot of the type of music you want to play while you are developing your chops. Chops: a guitar players jargon for skills.
Without a doubt, the major scale and pentatonic scales are the most important scales to learn from the beginning, especially if you want to play rock and roll, metal or the blues.
The pentatonic scale is a 5 note scale. It is the backbone of the above the blues, which is the backbone of all music like metal, rock and roll and country. There are 5 positions to the pentatonic scale, although teaching the first position first only and learning this pattern is an essential ingredient to learn.
The major scale is another must know guitar scale. It is the Daddy or Big Major scale of all scales. It is where all scales emanate from. Knowing the major scale is of primary importance to any guitarist who is serious. My next online guitar lesson post will be on the major scale. GuitarPlayersCenter.com