Let us just imagine that you want to learn how to play your acoustic guitar and you have only 30 days (1 month) to achieve that. Maybe there is an event coming up and you were given the privilege to play the guitar, or maybe you want to assist some of your friends in their band. You need to master your guitar within 30 days.
Well, we are going to highlight how you can learn your guitar in just one month in this article.
FIRST STEP: Master the basic anatomy of a guitar
You can never skip this step. You need to know the work of each guitar part.
Learn the names of each string and their notes
The guitar has 6 different strings, and they are:
- The ‘E string (low)’ – Also called the sixth (6th) string, it is much closer to the guitar’s ceiling compared to any other string, and it makes the lowest sound. It is being tuned to note ‘E’.
- ‘A string’ – It is the fifth, noting ‘A’
- ‘D string’ – It is the fourth string on the guitar and it notes ‘D’
- ‘G string’ – It notes ‘G’ and is the third-string
- ‘B string’ – It is the second on the guitar and is being tuned to note ‘B’
- ‘E string (high) – It is the first on the guitar and it makes the highest sound. This one is the first above the floor of the guitar and is tuned to note ‘E’.
The tuning pegs
These are responsible for tuning the guitar, either by raising or lowering each string’s pitch.
Frets are those metallic pieces that are being placed on your guitar’s fingerboard, while the fretboard is the part where our fingers are being placed to make chords and to alter the guitar’s sound. The usable frets on acoustic guitars are 1-10.
This is the part that brings out the sound.
SECOND STEP: Master the basic chords
You need to be familiar with playing chords. It plays a vital role in your guitar journey.
When a group of different notes is being played together, it is referred to as a ‘chord’. Below are some important tips to help you play your chords.
- Always make sure that you are using the tips of your fingers to hold the shapes of the chord.
- Ensure that your nails are short and nice
- Allow your thumb and your fingers to work together
- Every note you play must be clear and should be rung without any buzz.
- Do not press the metallic strips. Place your fingers in between the guitar’s fret markers.
Master the stepping stone chords
As a beginner, you should not start with chords that require three or four fingers as it is difficult to play chords of many fingers.
Every chord has its own easy version, and they are being referred to as the “stepping stone” chords. That is what you should learn.
THIRD STEP: Strumming and keeping rhythm
After mastering your chords, the next thing to learn is how to keep the rhythm.
Here are some important tips to keep in mind while learning how to strum:
- To properly strum a guitar’s chord, your hand needs to be swinging from your elbow in a nice movement, and your wrist will have just a little motion.
- Ensure that you keep your wrist straight and make sure it is comfortable.
A person can’t learn all the guitar techniques in just 30 days, but, with these steps, you will be able to learn how to play vintage guitars and the acoustic guitar in one month. For more information on acoustic guitars, visit https://www.guitarcenter.com. To learn more about vintage guitars, visit https://www.guitars.com.