Ever thought of picking up an instrument for leisure or to impress someone? Yet you don't really know what instrument suits you. Well, for starters, you should start with an acoustic guitar. Why? First of all, an acoustic guitar is cheap. You can be self taught through the internet. Its very easy to learn and best of all, you'll look cool strumming an acoustic guitar and singing along with your favorite tunes.
OKAY! Now you have decided to learn how to play an acoustic guitar, here's what you should know. The beginning is always the toughest, but don't be discouraged by that. Here are some brief lessons to help you along your way.
Lesson # 1: GRAB A CHORD BOOK and start playing them on your guitar! Try to stay away from guitar tabulature until next time as tabulature can be quite confusing to a beginner. Instead, learn the basic chords such as E, A, G, D and C and a few variations to them. Once you have familiarized yourself with the chords, try switching from chord to chord without losing momentum with your strumming hand.
Lesson # 2: FOCUS on what you are playing, play what you intend to play and take it slow. When you can master the song slowly, you will eventually pick up speed. When you feel tired, take a break and come back fresh. Don't play when you can't focus.
Lesson # 3: USE A METRONOME to develop rhythm. Rhythm is especially important in acoustic songs as they placed a lot of emphasis on the guitar, so having a poor rhythm equals having a lousy song. The metronome helps by keeping you in sync with the beat so if you are going to fast or slow, you will know it.
Lesson # 4: Once you have pretty much explored into the world of chording and strumming, its time for you to learn some picking. Picking refers to you hitting one string at a time, compared to strumming which utilizes all. Now its time to get yourself acquainted with guitar tabulature and thus open a whole new spectrum of techniques, styles and genres you can choose to play from.