If you’ve never played an instrument before, starting private guitar lessons can be a little overwhelming. You’ll have to find your way around your instrument, get to know your teacher and, of course, learn to read music, recognize notes, play scales and much, much more.
Fortunately, as long you choose the right instructor, private guitar lessons won’t be as challenging as you think. To make your initial lessons a bit easier, try out these four helpful tips:
- Buy a guitar that fits your body. Too many beginning guitar players buy instruments that are much too big for them. This makes it a pain to hold, difficult to get comfortable with and, more importantly, really hard to play. For children and teens, it’s usually best to purchase a smaller sized guitar, one that fits their size and stature better. That way, they’re able to hold and play it comfortably and without straining.
- Invest in a few crucial tools. If there’s one tool that can make your lessons significantly easier, it’s an electronic tuner. These ensure your instrument is always in tune and ready to play, and they don’t require a lot of time or expertise to use. Other important tools include a sturdy strap, so you can play while standing and sitting, a capo, to raise the pitch, and a few packs of extra picks and strings.
- Learn to read tabs. Learning to read music is difficult, but learning to read tabs is much more straightforward. Tabs are a good way to get started before you transition to traditional notation. Plus, tabs make it infinitely easier to pick up new songs, and they don’t take much time or effort to understand.
- Watch your calluses. The more you play, the more calluses will start to build up on your fingertips. While these might not look physically appealing, they actually protect your fingers and make it easier to play in the long run. Don’t pick at them, cut them off or do anything else to remove them. At most, you can smooth them out a bit with a nail file; otherwise, let them be.
Think you’re ready to take on private guitar lessons? Then contact the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio today. We’ll match you with the ideal instructor for your needs and goals.