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What do I do now? Answered

I am learning how to play guitar. I know the chords, and can transition. I can look at tab and figure it out pretty quick. I just need to know what I do now. I tried learning barre chords, but I cannot do them yet. Help?

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paulcauchon

7 years ago

A good skill that is often neglected when learning to play the guitar (or other instruments for that matter) is ear training.

1. Tune your guitar and put on some music. As you listen, try to find the melody or notes that go along with the music. Use those notes to determine what key and mode the song is written in.
2. Look at the patterns made by the notes that match the music. Try to imagine all of those notes as if they were highlighted on the fretboard as you're listening to the music.
3. Try playing different combinations of those notes to see what sounds good and appropriate for that moment in the music. Remember this whole time you're listening to the music to see what fits and what doesn't.

The more you do this the better you will become at hearing what comes next in the music you're playing and you'll find your hands naturally moving there instead of having to read from a tab or memorize lines. The goal here is to naturalize the entire process of playing.

A well trained ear turns someone who can play the guitar into a musician.

Feel free to ask for more suggestions and happy guitaring!

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paulcauchonpaulcauchon

Answer 7 years ago

Oh and about the barre chords-- those are definitely note the easiest ones to play while you're still working on strengthening your hand. A good exercise to develop strength is to get a decent sized hard-back book and hold it parallel to the ground between your index finger and your thumb. Do this for a while and you'll develop the strength in your index finger needed for the barre chords.

Remember also that for playing guitar, flexibility is as important as strength so make sure if you exercise your hand stretch it as well.

Don't be surprised if eventually your fretting hand becomes stronger and longer than your picking/strumming hand!

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rickharris

7 years ago

Find others to play with you enjoy it more and learn so much from them (and perhaps them from you)

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Kitemanrickharris

Answer 7 years ago

+1

Maybe not a band, but a group to jam with and share skills and ideas.

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Thermionic

7 years ago

Scales. Start with Major, Minor, then go from there. Work of accuracy, and speed. A metronome is important, even a phone, or pc based metronome works well. Thats my two cents anyway.

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Re-design

7 years ago

Go to this web site and work thru his course.  He has a logical progression with lots of fun along the way. Check out his songs.

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nurdee1

7 years ago

I am at the same point as you and am also curious whats next.