So you just got your first guitar, and are ready to rock n’ roll. Perhaps you heard a song you really want to learn, saw a buddy playing a guitar and wanted to jam like him, looking to pick up a new hobby to impress the ladies — whatever your reason for wanting to learn, there are a few fundamental things you should know and understand first before you go and invest in a new guitar.
First things first….
1. Guitar Takes YEARS to Learn
I won’t lie to you…you can learn a couple simple songs in about a months time (less if you’re really persistent) but the truth of the matter is that if you want to get REALLY good, to where your playing is effortless, it is going to take TIME - and lots of it!
Be ready to spend countless hours with your guitar before you start to see any real improvements.
As long as you’re dedicated, investing your time in learning an instrument will pay off 10 fold.
Just know that you won’t be a rockstar over night and the more time you put in the better you’re going to be - period!
You can check out the http://axezen.com website for some great starting lessons.
2. You Will Bleed and Playing Will Temporarily be Painful
When you first start learning to play your finger tips will tear, bleed, get sore and develop hard callouses. Don’t let this minor pain deter you from your guitar playing goals though.
Pushing through the pain and taking regular breaks between playing (sometimes you’ll need several days off from playing) to let your fingers recoup.
Over time though your fingers will build callouses and stop hurting altogether.
Check out: http://blog.jamplay.com/common-questions/924-how-to-combat-hand-and-finger-pain-when-learning-guitar for more useful tips.
3. Get Lessons
The best and most useful piece of advice I can give is to NOT try and learn how to play on your own.
There are websites like jamplay.com where you can go to sign up for lessons and learn from some of your favorite guitar players.
Online lessons are easy to use and work around if you have a busy schedule.
The best part is is there are different ways to track your progress soo you can visually see how your skill develops.
Check it out!