Mudcat Café message #991036 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61497   Message #991036
Posted By: GUEST
26-Jul-03 - 09:17 AM
Thread Name: Learning to play the guitar
Subject: RE: Learning to play the guitar

1. Get the best sounding guitar that you can afford. One that sounds best to your ears.
2. Start with D and A7. Then A, E7 and D. Then Em, Am and Dm. Then stretch to G, C, G7, B7.
3. Switch chords back and forth in rhythm. Then start simple scales.
Learn to sing songs and play the chords along.
4. Allow time for a good sound to happen. Fingers curved in the left hand. Back of the neck supported by thumb. Thumb placed between the index and middle finger of the left hand.
5. Plan to live with your guitar as a friend.
6. Distribute your practice. Don't practice for say two hours on one day and skip the next. Your fingers need time to remember.
7. Guitar playing is a motor skill. You remember through your fingers.

Frank Hamilton