Advice for Guitar Players just starting out…
The most important thing to remember when learning to play the guitar is, it’s all about the basics. The first thing you should do is find a qualified guitar instructor. I’ve run into many people through the years that decided to take the “self taught” approach to learning and I can tell you that it rarely works. Most people who take this approach tend to lose interest quickly because they lack the proper advice (tricks of the trade so to speak) to get past the initial stumbling blocks we all run into. Out of every 100 people who attempt teaching themselves only 4 or 5 usually stay with it. And those 4 or 5 customarily develop very poor habits that inhibit their ability to progress once they become intermediate players. So again, I can’t reiterate enough – Find a good guitar instructor!

Next, learn your music theory. Yes, I know, it is in fact the most boring part of learning the guitar, but it is an invaluable tool that will serve you well in the long run. Learning theory will help you understand the interrelationship within chord structure and will also assist you in understanding how chord structure/diatonic key structure relates to scales and melodic movement. Without this, you’ll never truly understand what it is that you’re actually playing. This will also help you tremendously if you want to compose your own material.

Last and probably most important, HAVE FUN! Allow yourself to enjoy playing what you’re learning. Don’t concern yourself with how long it takes to master the many diverse techniques you will engage in over time. Spending brain power worrying will only pose to be counter-productive. If you practice regularly and consistently you will advance and obstacles will be overcome. Just be patient and enjoy the incredible beauty of the instrument.

If you’re interested in taking lessons I do currently teach in the Connecticut area. Click here to view my Guitar Instruction page where you can contact me directly with any questions you may have. I will always respond within 24 hours of your inquiry. Thanks for your interest.