Tips to Help You Play Better Guitar
Now let us have a look at these useful tips, which will help you to improve your skills at playing guitar.
Good Posture is one of the very important aspects of becoming a good player. You must sit upright in an armless chair, this is because any chair with arms will prevent you from holding the guitar correctly. By sitting up straight your back is also protected.
How to hold the pick. You must hold it firmly but not too firmly. Not gripping the pick firm enough will cause you to lose it during vigorous playing. Holding it too firmly will result in your whole arm becoming tired and aching. You will then feel that you will not succeed in your desire to play guitar. So choose a medium grip and this is the best advice you can get.
Choosing the right pick especially for a beginner, is very important. There are different styles of picks, finger and flat. Three different levels of flexibility are also offered.
Professional guitarists have often said that beginners should choose the softest and flabbiest pick that they can find. This will ensure that fast strumming will not be a problem. Also it is a lot easier on the arm. There is a drawback with these type of picks however and that is they are harder to use when trying to pick individual strings. So be aware of this.
When you are fairly proficient with a soft pick, you would probably want to try a firmer one. You should know that the firmest pick will produce the richest sounds.
Learning the Play Arpeggios
For this you cannot use a pick. Instead you finger the chord. First you pick the bass note with your thumb. Here you can use a thumb pick, but the bare thumb can be used as well. If you decide to go bare thumb, you will get a callus forming on the thumb and this will make it easier.
Now using your index finger, pluck the third string. The second string is next using your middle finger, followed by the top string using your ring finger. The result is four notes have been picked.
By repeating this sequence and giving each note the timing of an eighth note, a measure of song written in four/four time is achieved. People will certainly take notice of this style of playing. But it takes practice and certainly calluses are the result. You could also play the strings in different orders and also you can alternate the bass strings.
This is the ideal way to play folk songs and similar music.
This tip involves the chord D. While you are playing the D chord, you can try adding your pinkie finger to the chord at the third fret. This produces what is often referred to as D-suspended. Another name for this is D-sus. You the play D again. The middle finger can then be lifted so that the top string becomes open. Then go back to D again.
This can also be done with the A chord, but here the change is on the second string. Going up one fret to the third will make A-sus. You can also lift that finger going down one step on the second string. Then there is C-suspended where you need to go up a half step on the fourth string. For G-suspended, you do this on the fifth string.
If you wish to play contemporary songs, this technique will be very useful for you to master.
These five tips should help you to master various ways of playing the guitar and bring you to a standard of playing you can be proud to demonstrate. Remember there is no substitute for practice. Learning to Play the Guitar can be very rewarding.
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