Learning how to play a guitar, just like other musical instruments, calls for passion and dedication. When trying it out for the very first time, it proves to be such a humiliating experience to even produce the simplest musical sound on the string instrument. Arranging your fingers on the frets to produce the basic chords is not easy at all.
However, for one to be a good guitarist, you first start with the basic chords. Practicing them out is essential and the best way is by playing the chords through a song. With the rhythm and sequence that the song is played offers the best way that a beginner can acquire the picking and strumming techniques when playing a guitar. Below are some songs that can help the beginners to learn to play the guitar.
“Horse With no Name” is an American classic rock that was written in 1972 by Neil Young. It is one of the easiest songs to learn since it only make use of two chords. It has a simple 4/4 rhythm beat with a reasonable tempo. Try applying the basic strumming and picking techniques on the song. Strumming is done by brushing past the strings so as to produce sound.
“For What It’s Worth” is another all time done by the Springfield Band of the 60s. Just like for the case of “Horse With No Name” it has two chords which is chord A as well as chord E which are the commonly used chords. The song also helps the learner to sharpen the strumming technique that adds flavor to other songs that are also done through the same technique.
Finger picking is another technique that you can learn through the song ” House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals. This method is done using fingernail to pluck the strings.
While the “Scarborough Fair” of Simon and Garfunkel is a good song to learn soloist guitar with. While this technique may prove a bit tough for beginners, it’s a good way of getting to know how soloist guitar is played.
The all time favorite Christmas song “Silent Night” which has three chords which produces a sweet and magical sound of music that linger and you can’t get enough of it.
One of the greatest challenge that beginners face is coordinating the strumming, changing of chords as well as the tempo. “Three Marlena s” is a three chord song that is easy to learn with. The Wallflowers did the song in 1996 and emphasizes on smoothness of transition within chords.
Bright Eyes’ First Day of My Life makes us of common chords to allow the beginners traverse the verses with ease and offers a good stretch on the fingers. This helps the beginners in mastering the art of coordination which is essential in learning a guitar.
In conclusion, unless one is willing to go an extra mile to sacrifice time practicing to play the chords by use of the common songs, learning a how to play a guitar will never be aspiring at all. Commitment is paramount in learning anything new and beginners should not expect to become experts overnight but should tirelessly work on improving their skills through practices.