In my previous article am sure you must have gone through all the contents of how guitar evolved, its origin, its anatomy and the way it produces sound. In today’s article am going to tell you how I learn guitar and what mistakes did I do that cost me later.
Almost everyone is in a hurry to learn Guitar and so was I. Instead of starting with proper exercise I went for tunes and chords which cost me a lot and compelled me to start all over again. As I didn’t do proper exercise my fingers were less flexible and made me limited with reach.
As a result, I could hold only some limited chords and could reach only some normal frets since my fingers were tight. I could hardly stretch my fingers. Therefore I would advice; do exercise your fingers whenever you can. It will not only enhance your flexibility and reach but also your skills. A daily two to three hours of warm up is more than enough for any beginners.
Learn Guitar-Mantras of exercise
To start exercise it is important to know the numbers and names of strings and of course counting of frets. Commonly there are six strings in standard guitar and there are twenty-one to twenty-four frets or more. Now you must be wondering, “man how do I know which string is called what and how do I count frets?” well it is simple.
How do I count strings
See the topmost string in your guitar, it is the thickest one and it’s counted 6th string, just like that the next bellow to it is a 5th string, 4th bellow 5th, 3rd bellow 4th, 2nd bellow 3rd and 1st bellow 2nd. You will find the size of strings decreasing and so does the name of the strings.
How do I count frets
And in terms of counting frets, it’s somewhat same. Stretch your arm a bit, reaches the top of fret and there is where you find fret number one. The white dots or inlays that you see at the neck of your guitar neck will help you identify the number of frets. The first dot is in fret number three, secondly is in fret number five, the third dot is on the seventh fret, the fourth dot is in ninth fret and the fifth dot is in the twelfth fret.
Beginners first exercise
To start with the first exercise let’s start with fret 1, 2, 3, 4 and 4, 3, 2, 1. Press your index finger in the fret number 1, middle finger in the fret number 2, ring finger in fret number 3 and small finger in fret number 4. Repeat the process with the following strings 5-4-3-2 and 1. And vice versa from fret 4-3-2-1 starting from string 1 till string 6.Do this exercise in daily basis until your finger opens up and become more flexible. Let it be a week but don’t lose patience.
So in today’s article, I have shared the idea of how you’ll start your first exercise. And yeah do not underestimate the power of this exercise. I hope you liked my today’s article. In my next article, I’ll be coming up with more lessons and exercise. Till then stay tuned…
Here are some of the Guitar lessons that you may also like.
- Guitar Exercise – The Goal Towards Perfection a Beginner’s Exercise.
- How to Play Basic Guitar Chords – Simple Beginner Guitar Lessons.