Beginner chord learning tips

Chords are vital to playing guitar, and they can be a bit of a struggle learning at first. No need to worry though, it'll get super easy with time, all it takes is practice.

Of course, practicing the right way is key in shortening the learning curve, so here are some chord learning tips to help you teach yourself any given guitar chord you're having trouble with. Also, watch this video lesson on chords, and read this article on the most important beginner chords.

So here we go, this is a proven process tried and tested with many of my live students. Grab your guitar, and let's do it!

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Learning Barre Chords

Learning barre (bar) chords is the first major hurdle beginner guitarists must overcome, and as with everything guitar related, it takes practice and time. I usually recommend learning everything on the steel string acoustic first, since if you can play on that, than you'll be able to play it on electric and nylon string as well.

Barre (bar) chords

Barre (bar) chords

BUT barre chords are a bit different, since they are really tough at first, and many beginners actually quit when they reach barre chords. So if you get frustrated with it on the acoustic, by all means, practice on your electric or nylon string guitars, it'll be a lot easier, but you may have difficulties holding barre chords afterwards on the steel string acoustic.

Now as for learning barre chords, it's a 2 step process:

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How to Bar Chords

Learning how to play barre (bar) chords is always going to be one of the most difficult techniques beginner guitarists will face. The good news is that they CAN be learned, it just takes a fair amount of practice and dedication. Good things don't come easy, but with enough time, you'll be laughing when you think back to not being able to play them, I promise.

You'll get it soon!

You'll get it soon!

The key to playing bar chords is getting used to the correct technique, than practicing it over and over again every day, for as long as you need to. Getting it right might take a few weeks or a few months, it really depends on how well you learn the basic technique of how to bar chords, and how much you practice them. Here are a couple of tips on the correct method of barring chords.

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10 Most Common Beginner Guitarist Mistakes

It's inevitable that when you set out on learning something new, you will make mistakes. This is true for learning guitar as well.

Being a live and online guitar teacher, I've helped a lot of beginner guitar students get through the initial hardships, and have observed several very common beginner mistakes newbies tend to make.

There is a Latin proverb which goes: "A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own."

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In the spirit of proverbial Italy, why not be wise today? I've compiled the 10 most common problems beginner guitar students tend to have, so that you can learn from the mistakes of others.

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Barre Chord Tips and Tricks

One of the biggest challenges a beginner guitarist will face is learning how to play barre chords (bar chords). In all honesty, being able to play and use barre chords is guitar songs is not the easiest thing in the world. It takes practice and patience, but the good news is that it can be learned perfectly.

Barre chords

The secret ingredient to being able to play bar chords is practice and using the correct technique. If you haven't done so yet, have a look at our video guitar lesson on bar chords, than come back and read the rest of this article.

And now that you are back and have practiced bar chords a bit, let me give you some useful tips on how to hold down bar chords. You'll need to make sure you start learning them after you know the correct technique, otherwise you may need to relearn them altogether.

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The 5 Biggest Challenges of Learning the Guitar

Having a website that provides beginner guitar lessons means that I get a ton of mail from students telling me what they find most challenging and asking for advice on different aspects of how to learn the guitar. I get letters from by beginner students from every part of the globe and from all demographic groups, so I think it's safe to say that these problems will be universal amongst beginner guitar players.

School of Rock

School of Rock

There are many similarities found in the letters since most beginners run into the same problems, so I decided to do a quick post about the most common ones, as basically every novice guitar student will find something useful and relevant among them.

Here are the most asked questions and problems my online guitar students have, and what to do about them.

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Learning to use the minor pentatonic scale

Learning all 5 positions of the minor pentatonic scale is not required to learn how to solo. Using just a few notes from the scale is more than enough. In the beginning, you should concentrate on just using a few notes, for example the 1st scale shape, or the top 5 notes of the 2nd position minor pentatonic.

Learning how to connect the scale patterns might also be useful, but not required at first:

Connected minor pentatonic pattern in G

 

Now learning to solo is not just a matter of knowing the shapes and notes. Timing is very very important, as are the vibratos, slides and bends. That adds the style.

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Guitar String Name Mnemonic Acronyms

Learning the names of the guitar strings in standard tuning is easy when you have something to tie the letters to. This is exactly why people started making up memory aids: to remember the string names (EADGBE). Here are a couple of mnemonic acronyms you can use, but if you know other ones, than leave it as a comment at the bottom of the post.
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Free Basic Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Learning to play the guitar will be one of the best decisions you make in your life, and our free basic guitar lessons are here to help you get started. As with all good things in life, learning how to play the guitar takes perseverance, dedication and lots of practice. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to entertain yourself, your friends and family, causing yourself and your surroundings true joy. This sounds a bit tacky, but trust me, it is so very true.

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

How should you get started? Learn the guitar online! Online guitar lessons are one of the most cost efficient, and flexible means to learning to play the guitar. Personal teachers cost upwards of $40 per hour, and lets say 2 lessons per week can really add up over time, and actually, the fact that online lessons come in video format nowadays, almost makes personal teachers obsolete.

If you are a complete beginner, sign up for a free membership at our website, and you'll get access to our high quality video guitar lessons tailored to meet the specific needs of absolute beginners.
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Steps to Learning to Play Guitar

Learning how to play an instrument is one of the greatest things that you can do in life. Research has revealed that musicians tend to be more extroverted, get better results in school, and tend to be more open to the world. The acoustic/electric guitar is a very popular instrument, for this reason lots of people choose to learn to play the guitar, rather than the piano for example.

Easy...

Easy...

Learning to be a guitar player without the help of a live instructor is very possible these days. Back when I learned, we had mainly publications and tapes to learn through. The Internet has actually revolutionized musical instruction, making it easy to learn guitar.

Nowadays, if you decide you want to learn to play electric or acoustic guitar the acoustic or electric guitar (or anything else for that matter), what do you do? Google it! You'll find an overwhelming amount of information, articles, videos and learn guitar products. In actual fact, you will find so much, it can turn out to be a burden, as you may find yourself moving from one resource to another without staying with one system persistently.

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