In today’s post we will see a guide to learn how to play the guitar in an orderly and progressive way. These tips to learn guitar can be carried out point by point or according to your needs.

Let’s see the steps!

Steps in order to learn to play the guitar:

1. Know the guitar posture

The first point if you want to learn to play the guitar is to know how to hold the guitar. Watch this video to get started with the first step:

2. Do you know the name of the strings?

Secondly, if you want to know how to play the guitar you have to know the strings on air. You should know that the guitar guitar has 6 strings, which are counted from the bottom up and which are MI-SI-SOL-RE-LA-MI.

learn to play the guitar the strings in the air

3. Tune your guitar

Knowing how to tune the guitar is also important when learning guitar. You can tune by ear, or with a tweezer tuner (they are very cheap). If you are more modern, with the Smartphone you can download an application like GuitarTuna.

Here in this video I explain it to you:

4. Learn to read tablature and then sheet music

As we are learning some notes, we may need to learn to read sheet music, something very useful that will help you in the long run.

This is not strictly necessary because you can learn to play the guitar also by reading tablature  but with the score the musical notes are read much faster (the tablature will take a few minutes to understand).


5. Learn to tap

Before I learn chords, I recommend playing a few taps on the guitar. There are three basic techniques when we pluck, one of them is to play pulling with the fingers, another supporting and the other playing the guitar with a plectrum.

If you don’t know what tapping is, I recommend you watch this video:

6. Learn to play the guitar with some easy tunes

At this point we can go looking for songs that fit our level . We will see that there are many easy songs that you know and that you can take advantage of to learn to play the guitar. These will help you progress quickly. Especially if you know them.

7. Take any of our courses (optional)

Another option I recommend to know how to play guitar is to have a manual or learn with a guitar course for beginners .

It is true that there is a lot of free material on the Internet but if you like the order and that they guide you step by step, a better option is better. You can also choose one of these books that I recommend.

8. Know your mistakes while learning guitar

When you are already in the process of playing various tunes with stippling, you will notice that there are some that work better for you than others.

And be careful! As we will still be on the way to learning to play the guitar and above all, being self-taught we will have many mistakes at the beginning so we have to be our own teachers and check what mistakes we make in the  right and left hand  as we progress.

If you don’t stop these mistakes in time it will be very difficult to get rid of them later.

learn to play guitar common mistakes

9. Learn the 3 scales of the beginner

When you have been playing the basic notes of the 6 strings with some songs on the first frets for a while, it is time for you to learn some guitar scales. Here are these 3 that are the most basic and necessary.

10. Learn to play basic rhythms and chords

The next step, after getting used to playing plucking is to play different rhythms with some of the most basic and at the same time most important chords of our instrument: the Sol, Mim, Lam and Do chord. Here the tutorial.

I also recommend that you take a look at this tutorial:

At this stage you will have some other problem with the chord change. However, here I bring you some exercises to practice them,  these exercises you can do if you see that you cannot change smoothly.

11. Have a study routine even if it is short

Once we know how to tap and we know some basic chords, it is important to have a plan. In other words, a study routine even if it is very short. This can be done if you decide that you like the guitar a lot and want to continue improving, although I also recommend having a habit of playing from time to time.

12. Warm up before playing

When you play the guitar, there will be chords, notes, stretching, changes that will cost us more than others and consequently we may feel discomfort.

To avoid pain and also improve our technique, I recommend warming up with some mechanical and coordination exercises , this may be the first point in our practice routine. I also recommend that you practice with these imitation beginner exercises.

13. Expand your chord knowledge

When you see that the chords that appear above you have mastered, you can go to the post of  21 guitar chords to play almost everything and thus learn a few more.

14. learn new rhythms and new progressions

There is a great variety of rhythms to learn guitar apart from those already mentioned in the point of the basic chords. These rhythms can be used with some new progressions that will help us to continue improving.

The important thing is not to stop and learn new things, as long as the above has been assimilated.

15. Learn guitar with your favorite songs

New progressions can be found in many songs, so at this point you can search for songs. Find those songs that you like a lot and see if you can play them. You can start with the 40 easy songs to play on Spanish or acoustic guitar.

16. Learn to play arpeggio patterns

Here on the web we have several videos that deal with the use of arpeggios within fingerpicking. I recommend starting here:

On the other hand you should also enter this very complete guide where I teach the fingerstyle technique step by step . Also, if your level goes up, you can look at these  9 guitar arpeggios to improve your accompaniments .

learn to play the guitar arpeggios

17. How to play the guitar with other styles

After a while you can decide which style to follow, if you like classical guitar for example, you can download classical guitar scores for free at Delcamp . If you like rock, access the pentatonic rock course , if you like blues, learn to play blues here, and if you like jazz learn to improvise here .

18. Music theory

We cannot forget about music theory which is also very important, for example learning to know the keys or to calculate intervals . In the beginner music theory course I explain everything to the millimeter.

19. Educate your ear

This is another aspect that people overlook but it is also very interesting: being able to recognize the sounds that are playing and being able to say with precision: this is a chord of C, of ​​G, that note is Re, etc. Here you can learn to educate him >>

20. Find a private teacher

Finally, if you see that learning to play guitar is very difficult for you, you can seek the help of a private teacher to guide you on your journey as a guitarist. You can also listen to the “let’s talk guitar” podcast where I will give you advice and encourage you to continue learning.

In short, there are many things you can do to know how to play the guitar and that are in your hands. If you think there is something missing from this list, do not hesitate to comment below!

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