After you have all these elements packed together, you can now sit down and engage on strumming. How would you get it started and master without anybody’s assistance? Easy.
1. You have picked the right guitar. Upon handling your guitar, you must see to it that it is placed on a comfortable position. Basically, the sitting position would do. Rest the base of the guitar on your right thigh, your left fingers must support the other end of the strings and are responsible for tuning and for changing of notes. While the right hand fingers are used for strumming and plucking. This creates proper body mechanics. Remember to maintain good posture to avoid muscle straining.
2. Reach each step on your reference carefully. Follow its course. Memorize the ABCs. Each chord and note has its own fingering. Try to play slowly and focus on the easier basic patterns. Once you have mastered the basics, you can progress to the harder ones which contain frets and power chords.
3. Have a couple of songs to play with. For beginners, pick a song that only repeats four or five easy chord sequences. A typical example is Lifehouse’s “You and Me”. It’s just a repetition of four chords namely G, C, E-minor, and D.
4. Sing while you’re playing. This helps a lot by setting the mood for inspiration and staying attuned with the proper melody. Singing along can also help you determine if you’re strumming the right chords or if you’re out of tune.
5. Be patient! Never give up on yourself. You have to be determined even though you’re on the verge of giving up. If you develop blisters, it’s a sign of good, dedicated practicing.
Be the master of these steps. Handling a guitar is not hard if you have the proper and positive attitude.