Many people in the world want to master the guitar, it is never easy but it is more than achievable. Whether you have caught the bug whilst at a local open mic night or you have taken inspiration from your favourite musician or band, with a lot or practise and dedication you can get there! Before you get to Hendrix levels there are factors you need to put in place before your journey begins.
Weapon of Choice
The first thing you will need to do is obviously purchase your very first guitar. Picking the right guitar for you is all dependent on what type of music you want to play. If you fancy yourself as the next Ed Sheeran it will be best for you to stick to a standard acoustic but if you are wanting to shred like Slash an electric guitar is definitely what you will need. Dependent on what type of guitar you want, you also need to think about the accessories you will need to proceed. If you decide you want to play electric guitar you will need an amplifier, you don’t have to pay top dollar as most music shops sell starter packs which include will both.
You could be the most technically gifted guitarist of all time but if your guitar is out of tune it will not sound great. Once you have purchased your guitar it can be tuned there and then in the shop, alternatively with technology today you can download a tuner on your phone or tablet. When you play a string the app will tell you how far you need to adjust your string tightness to get the sound that is right for you.
There are many means of tutoring, where it used to be sticking your nose in a book or travelling to you nearest guitar teacher, it can now all be done online. There are many different apps that can help you and endless online tutorials. We spoke to Tom Hess guitar player and teacher, about the vast range of skills and tips that you can pick up online from the comfort of your own bedroom. He is a great example of how far hard work can get you.
Proven by Tom Hess, Hard Work Pays Of
Tom Hess is still well within his music career that spans over 30 years, working in bands such as Rhapsody of Fire and Holyhell. Just like you Tom was inspired by his favourite bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. He didn’t let that hard work stop either and has since went on to achieve a degree in music theory and music composition. A lot of his time now is dedicated to teaching through his online courses.
Practice, Practice, Practice
With everything in place, you are ready to start your journey into the world of guitar playing. With the right amount of dedication and practice you can accomplish anything. There will be times when your fingers hurt, times when you make mistakes but if you keep practicing you will be jamming out in no time.