This is the initial piece of a series of three articles authored just for people who are beginning to learn to understand how to play the guitar. I have put together some great tips so that
you can try to learn how to play guitar chords as quickly and easily as possible. The whole idea is that you can stop looking at your guitar gathering dusk and actually pick it up and start to play it and enjoy the instrument!
Keep at it.
They say that practising makes you perfect and nothing could be more true to it comes to learning how to play guitar chords. Although it really can be quite a challenging think when you first start I assure you that the benefits will be their long-term. It is true that you need to put in some initial work when you first start learning to play the guitar but be assured that this is absolutely normal and you will find it difficult to commence with. Sure enough, you will make some errors find it difficult but keep going because it’s more than worth it.
Some people just give up after a day or two but do not give in to that temptation you will get there if you just try to get over the initial hurdles and frustration which you can get when first starting to understand guitar chords.
- Visualisation technique.
Although this sounds ever so straightforward it can be absolutely vital to your success at playing guitar. What you do, if you put in your mind, a picture of where each finger needs to be placed before you actually play the guitar chord. Just taking a few minutes to do this will help you understand where your fingers need to be to do so will quickly and easily than just always looking at your fingers above the fretboard. After that, keep imagining where your fingers need to be on the next chord move and how you going to get there. Then put your fingers in the correct position for the next guitar chord.
This sounds complicated but as you will start out learning very simple guitar chords it is really a lot simpler than it sounds.
- Steady But Certain.
Okay then, start out with the more basic and straightforward open guitar chords. Just do one or two guitar chords to start off with and don’t try to do it all at once. Keep to the more straightforward chord progressions for the time being and although you want to progress please do not try to be overambitious too soon. Believe me, there are dozens if not hundreds of different songs that you can perform with only three or four chords. What’s more you will sound absolutely brilliant playing. You will gradually built up the dexterity and ability to change between guitar chords and learn how to play more and more guitar chords quite quickly after you’ve got the basics in place. This will lead you to carry on being able to play more complicated chord structures a time goes on.
Building up your strength in your fingers
Another advantage of playing regularly rather than leaving it a few days between practice sessions, is that you will build up your strength in your finger muscles as well as your dexterity. The way to achieve this best is if you practice for a relatively short time most days which is much better than leaving it for a week or so and then practising at weekends only.
- Avoid looking at your hands.
You will find a natural tendency to want to look at your left hand when you are playing guitar chords the first time. This is a bad habit to get into, although you will need to look a little bit when you first start out to understand why the frets and the strings on the fingers all are, relatively speaking. You will need to move on from looking at your hands and build up something called “muscle memory.”We all use muscle memory the whole time and the simply a term that we use for when we do something automatically and not look at what we’re doing. For instance, we use this the whole time are looking at driving the car – we don’t look to see what our feet are doing they just operate the pedals automatically.
Make sure that you start in the habit of putting your hand into the correct chord position very shortly after learning a new guitar chord but without looking at your left hand. The way to do this is to practice placing your fingers into the correct place several times without looking at it on a regular basis. You’ll be playing those guitar chords sooner than you think.
- Use your pinky.
You can see you how to use each finger in a guitar chord by looking at guitar chord charts. However, you might be tempted to not use your little finger as much as you would like or as shown in the diagrams. This is a shortcut to disaster. You may well be amazed at just how much you can use that little finger and just what it is capable of doing when you’re learning to play the guitar. It can do an awful lot more than you realise.
Using all of your fingers is absolutely vital so please avoid the temptation to push your pinky finger away from the fretboard as you start to learn to play guitar chords. Your finger should be kept close to the strings at all times and available to be used as and when necessary. Although you could get away without using your little finger on the more simple chords you will struggle if you don’t get into the habit of using it now. Being able to use your pinky will pay dividends when you get to use and play more complicated guitar chords.
That’s all for now. Keep practising make sure that you enjoy your guitar playing right from the off. Play along to some records even when you only know one or two guitar chords and you will find things very enjoyable.
Learning guitar chords just requires a little bit of persistence, that’s all. Be patient and you’ll soon be rocking.