Essential Items You Must Have When Learning How to Play Guitar


Learning a new skill can be so exciting at first, but at times it can become discouraging if you do not have all the tools you need to be successful. Like any skill, learning to play an instrument can be a struggle at first but if you practice enough it can be quite enjoyable. One of the most commonly played instruments is the guitar. Many people associate the guitar with song writing and the building of a music career. The guitar is often central to the melody of a song and can really make or break an artist’s music sometimes. If you want to learn how to play the guitar, it is important to be prepared from the start. Below is a list of essential items you must have when you are learning how to play the guitar.

Drive and Motivation to Learn

Ok, so this one is not exactly a physical item but may very well be the most important one on the list. If you do not have the personal motivation or drive it might be impossible to sit down and practice often enough to actually learn something. When I was younger I took some piano lessons in hopes of learning how to read music and play the piano. I was fine for my first few lessons but I slowly found myself beginning to dislike it because I had no motivation. I was too young to push myself on my own and I lacked having someone force me to do it. My mom took the lead on that for a while but I think at some point she realized I was going to have to decide to do it on my own and like it, or I was not going to learn how to play and that it would be my loss. She was right though, looking back now, I wish I had stuck with it and learned how to play.

A Great Step by Step How to Book

guitarLearning to play guitar is hard, however because it is such a popular instrument, there are people all over the world who play it, and it should be pretty easy to find a good how to book. Visit your local Barnes and Noble to look through their specialty subject section, or music department. I am sure you will find at least one book that is useful to you and will help you better understand.

A Basic Starter Guitar

When you are first learning to play an instrument, it makes sense to get something pretty basic to begin with. The bells and whistles on fancier guitars will only serve you well if you know what you are doing. Before you waste money on the more advanced models, go for something simple. You probably want to make sure the weight feels right in your arms, and that the actual size of the instrument fits you well enough to be comfortable when you play. No one is expected to be a professional from the start so it is understandable if holding it might take some getting used to.