Guitar Tips for the Beginning Guitar Student and Guitar Teacher

Robert Russell By Robert Russell, 5th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Teaching guitar to a beginner can easily be a frustrating as well as rewarding experience. It helps to keep things in perspective if you remember the first time you tried to plat the guitar. When you have played guitar for a long time it is easy to forget how awkward the guitar can feel in the hands of the beginner.

Guitar Teaching Tips

The guitar often feels awkward and uncomfortable to the beginner. The first few weeks represent one of the biggest hurdles that a guitar student has to overcome. Beginning guitar students become frustrated because they feel they are not making progress fast enough. Here are a few basic tips that guitar teachers can use to guide the beginner.

(1) Ask the student to purchase a beginner's instruction book and DVD.
Books and DVDs each have their particular advantages. Instructional materials compliment and illustrate the guitar lessons that a guitar teacher is teaching the student. Watching the guitar instructor on the DVD allows you to focus on both the left and right hand. This is particularly helpful for beginners. Books present provide reference and diagrams, such as individual notes and chords, that can be used as study and reference points.

(2) Show the student how to tune and hold the guitar.
At first, the guitar may seem awkward and uncomfortable to many beginners. The fingers of the left hand that frets the notes need to approach the strings vertically so that they don't mute the other strings. Guitar tuners are very helpful for the beginner. They are simple to use, and they ensure that the guitar is in tune. The beginner also should learn to tune the guitar by ear and to be able to hear when the guitar is out of tune.

(3) Give the student a set of fretboard exercises to practice with the with the left hand.
The left hand is responsible for fretting the notes on the fretboard. Play the following sequence on the first string; play the open string, first fret with the index finger, second fret with middle finger, third fret with ring finger, and the fourth fret with the little finger. Keep the index on the first fret when you add the middle finger on the second fret. When the fourth fret is played with the little finger, all four fingers are on the fretboard. This exercise builds strength in the left hand and helps the finger to feel more comfortable fretting the guitar. Repeat the exercise on the other strings.

(4) Practice rhythm exercise with the right hand.
Hold the guitar pick between the thumb and index finger. Turn on the metronome so that it clicks a slow 1-2-3-4 beat and practice the following sequence. Strum down with the beat 1-2-3-4; strum up with the beat 1-2-3-4; combine up and down strokes down on 1, up on 2, down on 3, and up on 4. Slightly increase the speed of the metronome and repeat the exercise.

(5) Show the student how to study and memorize the C major scale on the first three frets of the guitar.
The C major scale is C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C. Practice the scale on the guitar by playing C (fifth string - third fret), D (fourth string - open), E (fourth string - second fret), F (fourth string - third fret). G (third string - open), A (third string - second fret), B (second string - open), and C (second string -first fret). Additional notes on that can be included are E (sixth string - open), F (sixth string - first fret), G (sixth string - third fret), A (fifth string - open), B (fifth string - second fret), D (second-string - third fret), E (first string - open), F (first string - first fret), and G (first string - third fret).

(6) Teach the studen the basic chords on the key of in C major.
The first chords to learn are C , F, G and G7, Am and Em. Many beginners easily become frustrated when they try to play chords on the guitar. Many of the notes are muted, and it doesn't sound good. Patience and practice is the key. Don't worry if some of the notes are muffled. Keep playing and the fingers eventually learn how to adjust and make the chords sound good. Practice playing the chords with the rhythm exercises learned in Step 4.


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author avatar Robert Russell
I play guitar professionally in a Cajun/zydeco band named Creole Stomp. We are a nationally touring band that have been together ten years. I also have a PhD in philosophy.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Feb 2012 (#)

Excellent tips for somebody who is learning to play the guitar.

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author avatar Denise O
6th Feb 2012 (#)

Great information on how to play the guitar. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Robert Russell
6th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for the comments,

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