Learning How To Play Guitar the Correct Way

If you are a beginner, starting to play guitar can be very confusing. You may have had the desire to play the guitar for sometime. Then suddenly you see someone playing on TV or at a concert, and then you get the urge to play the same way. So you try to master the guitar quickly and jump to learn plucking tricks from a book or a video. When you can’t play what you are trying to play, obviously you get frustrated.

Learning to play guitar is like learning a new language. You need to learn the basics first and gradually go to more difficult techniques. The stronger the foundation, the better and faster you will master the guitar.

There are several ways to start playing a guitar. One of the best ways of learning how to play guitar is to get lessons from a teacher face to face. From the accounts of many who have successfully play the guitar, one-on-one learning from a teacher is the easiest and quickest, easiest and the best way to learn to play the guitar.

Learning the Chords

Learning the chords take a lot of practice and patience, unless you are born with a musical talent. Before you play chords on the guitar, it is important that you have a basic understanding of what the chords are and how the chords are produced.

A chord is composed of a set of musical tones that makes a melody. Chords are played with one string at a time. A chord can be played with one, two, three, or more notes.

There are two types of chords – major and minor chords. The basic primary chords are C, A, G, E, and D, commonly known as CAGED. If you are beginner, the first thing you must learn and master is the CAGED pattern. Many successful guitarists have confessed that they first learned this chord pattern, which made it very easy for them to move on to more difficult chords.

Learn to Read Chord Diagrams

Learning to read the chord diagram is also important not only to be a good guitarist, but also to sail smoothly without getting stuck when you are continuing your guitar adventure. A chord diagram is one that illustrates how to play a particular chord. It accompanies written instructions that must be read accurately. A good chord diagram must have a good interpretation so that you can get the most of the chord diagram.

Reading Guitar Tabs

If you want to be a guitarist, it is vital that you are able to play guitar tabs. If you go on the internet or look up in guitar books, you will see that almost every song is written in tab or tablature form. A tablature form is a diagram with lines and numbers. It looks like a mathematical equation if you are not familiar with guitar tabs.

There are many other aspects to learning to play the guitar that are too many to mention in this article. However, the most important things to remember are, learn the basics thoroughly, take your time, and take one step at a time. Don’t jump to more difficult chords or plucking techniques without mastering the simpler ones. Today, there is a great advantage compared to twenty years ago, because you can learn guitar online.

Tube Or Solid State Amp – Is There Really A Difference?

I’d like to start out by saying that ultimately in the end, what an individual chooses to use for a guitar amp, is a matter of personal preference or choice, if you will. I’ll kind of coin a phrase here, but a little bit different… sound is in the ear of the beholder.

This is what I’ve learned or discovered for myself as I started playing guitar, and then began to take it more seriously as time went by. I might add that it became a process of learning and experimenting with different amps and guitars.

My first amp was a Kay solid state unit with a the same brand of guitar. At age 13, it seemed fine for where I was at back then. I was just a beginner. I had a lot to learn and that’s what happened as I continued to play and develop my style of playing.

When I got into my first band, by this time, I had found my influences and began to emulate them. I found out what guitars and amps they were using and I bought the same equipment. For me it was the Strat and Fender tube amps.

Along the way I would get hold of an occasional solid state unit and try it out. But for me they didn’t compare to a tube amp. I would hear people say that tubes gave a certain warmth and sound, but I didn’t quite understand what that meant. But finally I did come to understand what they were saying.

In my opinion, a solid state amp has a somewhat sterile type of sound. That’s the best way I can describe it.

Whereas a tube amp has a “live” warmth and responsive quality when the notes are played. Its as if it has a life of its own. It is alive and warm and breathing, so to say. A tube amp can give the right kind of beautiful harmonic distortion that can sound so sweet to the ear. Again, in my opinion, you can achieve the same harmonic distortion with a transistor amp, but it just isn’t the same quality of sound.

Now for some of the pros and cons betwixt the two. There is the weight difference, which is quite noticeable. A solid state unit weighs considerably less than the tube amp, which makes it much more easy to transport from gig to gig. Especially if you have to lug it around yourself and your getting on in your years.

Another issue is that tubes will eventually need to be replaced but you don’t have that situation with the opposite type of amp. But for me, I would rather replace some tubes every once in a while, and not sacrifice the tone and sound that I love that comes from my tube amp.

So again. to sum up, it is up to the individual player as to what he desires to achieve in tonal quality by way of tube or solid state amp.