How To Play Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic guitar is a guitar that only uses acoustic method . There are many kinds of acoustic guitars. But for plain and uniform discussion, let  us maintain the definition on the regular acoustic guitar that most people uses, the one that has 6 strings. how to play acoustic guitar

There are five main things that you need to understand to learn in playing acoustic guitar.

Understand what acoustic guitar is and how it works.

Before you start learning the tabs and chords, you will have to understand first what are the basic parts of the guitar and its functions.  But let us discuss only the most important parts.

Tuning keys – These are located at the headstock and is used for tuning the guitar. This is the most sensitive part of the guitar and you should avoid touching it unless you are tuning the strings.

Bridge – This is located at the top portion of the guitar. This is where the head of the strings are fastened to be connected to the tuning keys.

Body –  The upper portion of the guitar body where the guitar rossette and sound hole is located.

– These are spaces between the vertical “metallic lines” found at neck of the guitar. It is where you place your fingers and hand for the chords.

Strings – These are the flexible metallic wires which are fastened at the Bridge and the Tuning Keys. They are the one that produces the sound when strummed or plucked.

Understanding guitar tab

Guitar tabs are used in learning the guitar chords and reading guitar notes. They are very helpful to guitar players when they are are learning songs. Therefore, in order to effectively learn and read notes, you must first understand what guitar tab is.

To start with, guitar tabs consists of six lines, each representing a string of the guitar. Normally, the lines are laid out as if you are a right handed and you are playing the guitar. The vertical lines are the bars in the actual guitar and each bar is one measure.

There are still many lessons about guitar tabs. We will cover them later in our future articles. But at least you know what it is and how it is represented in the actual acoustic guitar.

Changing from one chord to another.

It is a common struggle for guitar students how to change one chord to another by quickly transferring their hand and finger position.

Smooth chord changes can be achieved by practice. Just know that it is not something that cannot be overcome. You can start by mastering the hand and finger position in each chord. If you get use to each positions, it will not be too difficult to quickly switch to another chord.

Secondly, practice your strumming. Strumming the guitar and getting the right beat for each song is quite difficult to do, especially that each song has different beat and different styles. But this again can be accomplished by consistent practice.

Even the professional guitarists try to learn the beat and styles of each song that they are playing. Once you get the beat and the style, all you have to do is to combine your skill of quick chord transition with the beat and style of strumming. Add a little grace in hand changes, and you'll have a smooth chord transition.

Basic strumming

As I mentioned earlier, learning how to strum is quite difficult to learn. But again, it is not something that can't be overcome. To enhance your skill on this, you can start by  learning the beat and style of each song. For beginners, a simple up and down strumming will do. After a week when you are used to up and down hand movement, add a little beat variation until you have mastered how to add some styles.

But the main secret of strumming better is listening to the music carefully. Putting yourself on the beat itself while slowly following it. One of the best ways to do this is with a friend teaching you how to play guitar.

Learning to play songs and putting it all together. 

You can now follow the beat and you can now change from one kind of strumming to another. You also have learned how to do chord transition smoothly. Now is the time to put it all together.

Choose simple songs first (slower ones). Those songs will be the first few songs that you will master. Try to add one song each week until you are used to slower tempo. Then as time goes by, add some faster tempo to your collection and so on and so forth.

Final thoughts

Playing acoustic guitar is a great hobby and skill to develop. It is something that is very useful and is a great way to  express yourself. Learning how to play guitar is not an easy task, but it is doable through practice.

Practice makes perfect. As you continue to practice, your skill level will continue to rise and will be refined. This may take a while to achieve, but you'll find out that you get better and better everytime you put your hands on the guitar and play.

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    1. Blessings to your hobby and may your skills bear fruits all the more!!!

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