The acoustic guitar are by far the most popular model out there and a huge favorite amongst those who have a special thing for non-electric models. Many people find these non electric models to be great instruments that are fun to play.
However, it can be tough learning to play the acoustic guitar and a lot of people give up during the process of trying to learn. If you want to be successful with playing this instrument you need to take your acoustic guitar lessons for beginners seriously.
The electric guitars quickly distinguish themselves from the acoustic models by their narrow fretboards and depending on the model they either have a solid body or hollow body. The strings on an acoustic guitar are usually darker than the strings on the electric.
The first thing you have to do before you start playing your guitar is making sure it is properly tuned. If you don’t make sure your instrument is properly tuned you will sound like a complete mess when you try to play because your chords are off musically.
Over time the strings on your instrument will lose their strength to stay in tuned. You’ll notice when this happens because your guitar will keep going out of tune and you’ll have to have your strings replaced to fix the problem.
Your guitar will go out of tune just from putting stress on the strings over time. So you must try to keep your guitar in tune as often as you can. Thankfully, the process is really simple because once you you’ve got one of the six strings tuned correctly you’ll just have to match the other strings.
The first you’ll need to do is turn on your guitar tuner if you got one. If you don’t have one just head to your nearest music store and ask for a chromatic guitar tuner. The tuner will show you on it’s screen the name of the note you are playing so you can adjust it as needed.
Now to get started tuning keep your eye on the tuner while you pick the low E string. The low E string is the thickest string on your guitar. Your guitar tuner will show a green light once the string is in tune.
You’re going to have to keep spinning the tuning peg for the E string while picking the E string until you achieve the proper tune. Turn off the guitar tuner and strum the E string at the 5th fret. This will be an A note, and you should repeat the same process for the A string.
Keep playing the A string while spinning the tuning peg until you get the sound that sounds the same as the one you did for the E string. Repeat the exact same process for the D string and do the same for the G string too but position your index finger on the D string located at the 5th fret.
You’re going to play a B note by strumming the tuned G string located at the 4th fret. To get the exact same noise as before you’ll have to turn the peg for the B string as you’re picking the string. The last string to tune is your thinnest string on your guitar which is the high E.
Just repeat the steps as before, turn the peg for the high E string while you’re strumming the string until you get the same sound in the last step. Once you’ve completed this you’ve successfully tuned all six of your string on your guitar.
If you tune your guitar without a guitar tuner this is known as relative tuning. It will help a lot if you knew your notes, but you can execute relative tuning if you know that one of your strings is in tune. You will use this string as a reference and use your ear to listen to your guitar as you are tuning it.
You’ll need to practice to get good at the relative tuning method. Try using this method even when you’re tuning your guitar with a tuner. This way you can hear when your guitar is out of tune easily.
Once you’re guitar is properly tuned you should begin your beginner guitar lessons. One of the first things you can begin practicing is changing chords and hand positions without having to look down at your fingers. It’s okay to look down at the fretboard while you’re playing until you develop the necessary muscle memory. Try to learn guitar chords like D, A, E and practice switching between them and playing them clearly.
Try to do the chord change at least 3 times without looking at the fretboard. Once you get comfortable with that you should then try to do it without looking. If you mess up while you’re not looking down go back to looking at the fretboard and repeat about ten times.
Just keep practicing even the best guitarists in the world have to look down at the fretboard every now and then to make sure their fingers are in the right position. Even though it would be much better if you could play by feel don’t put too much pressure on yourself in the beginning.