Learning Guitar Chords Advice for Beginners

So you want to learn to play guitar? It is a very common instrument that many people are drawn to and want to learn. Of course, learning guitar chords is the most important aspect when understanding how to play the instrument. Guitar chords are what make up a song so the more chords you know, the more you can begin to play actual songs. You have heard, “practice makes perfect” and this definitely applies to learning the guitar.

If you are a beginner trying to figure out how to learn guitar chords, here are some tips that can help you pick up playing your favorite songs much faster:

* First – when you begin to place your fingers to make the chords, it will feel funny… you can be sure of that 🙂 However, learning to stretch your fingers and practicing making the chords will help you to get better at placing your fingers correctly. When not playing – try stretching your fingers to get them used to it.

* Practice – you must practice the chords you have learned and practice changing chords, which in time will feel smoother the more you do it. Expect that everything is going to feel a bit awkward in the beginning, but trust me… it gets easier.

* Warm Up – before you start your practice session or even if you are just noodling around on your guitar, make sure that you warm up first. Playing long periods of time without a warm up can cause severe injuries to your hands.

* Buying a guitar chords book or online guitar lessons program with videos will definitely help you to understand the placement of your fingers and it can also help you to remember what chords are what.

* Realize that you do not have to have a death grip on the chords. This is often a problem for beginners and as a result their fingertips become very sore and painful. Try to relax and make sure your body doesn’t tense up. You don’t need to grip too hard, you just need to grip hard enough for all the strings to ring clear. And as for soreness on your fingertips… in time you will develop a slightly thicker skin on your fingertips and this won’t be a problem.

Learning Guitar Chords is a matter of doing it and practicing – there is no getting around this. You can study the theory of chords or look at them in book all day long but until you begin to practice, you will never get past being a beginner. Every great guitar player that you admire was a beginner at one time – if you keep this in mind it can help you not just learn chords but change chords faster.


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