If you love guitar and are eager to learn how to play it then you need a guitar lesson. Guitar lessons are important not because they teach you how to play the guitar but they build the excitement in you by teaching you the right tricks so that you don’t feel less motivated.
Thomas Salzano believes that only the tough ones can survive the battle of becoming a guitarist as the initial lessons are not that easy plus you need the patience to reach that level of perfection.
Here are some tips by Thomas Salzano for the beginner first guitar lesson:
The guitar fundamentals
Before you start to play the guitar you first need to learn about the basic fundamentals like how to hold the guitar.
There are different ways in which you can hold a guitar but let’s talk about the common way “The Causal Method” in which you hold you’re close to your body and sit up straight.
Frets, Figures and, strings
Frets: Frets are the metal strips on the neck of a stringed instrument. A standard classical guitar has 19 frets and electric guitars have 21-24 frets. A guitar can have as many as 27 frets.
Fingers: Remember the sequence of your fingers and you will never hold the guitar wrong. The index finger is your first finger, the middle finger is your second finger, your ring finger is your third finger and your pinky is your fourth finger.
Strings: The strings are the most important element of a guitar as they produce the sound in string instruments. The thinnest string is the first string and the thickest string is the sixth string.
Tune Your Guitar
As a beginner, it’s difficult to know whether your guitar is tuned or not. A guitar needs to be tuned every time you pick it up to play. Tuning your guitar weekly won’t help. So for this, you can buy a guitar tuner to help you with tuning your guitar easily and quickly. A guitar expert can tune a guitar manually but for you to reach that level you need the help of a tuner as a helping hand.
Learn your first chords ( E minor and D2 chord)
Your first lesson of guitar should be about chords and songs. Chords are the basic music that one should learn to play.
Let’s play the E Minor
Chord Put your 2nd finger (middle finger) on the 2nd fret of the 5th string.
Now put your 3rd ginger (ring finger) on the 2nd fret of the 4th string.
Once you have achieved to hold the chord and the strings in place strum each individual string to make sure the chord is clear.
Place your 1st finger (index finger) on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string.
Put your 3rd finger ( ring finger) on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string.
Strum each string slowly to make sure the chord is clear.
Keep your fingers as close to the strings as possible when you’re changing chords. The less you move your fingers, the faster you will be able to make the switch. Keep practicing each chord change as it will take time to master it.
Your First Song
Choose a song that you can play with the 2 chords you have learned. First practice with two chords and when you master them go for songs that need 3 chords to switch between.
A chord progression is a specific order of chords that your string together to play a song. Follow the sequence and master perfection.
These are a few tips by Thomas Salzano on how to start playing the guitar. The basic learning is very important as it sets the base of anything you start to learn. So never try to miss the basic ground rule of anything you start learning about, says Thomas Salzano a professional guitarist.