Learn To Play Guitar
Imagine yourself in a room full of people, all eyes on you, eyes asking to be entertained. Could you do it? Could you entertain them? If you think that you could, then this article was not written for you. This article was written for someone who knows nothing about playing guitar and wants to learn a few songs that aren't impossible to play. I'll start out with the simple stuff.
Our first step is: you must have an acoustic or electric guitar on hand in order to learn how to play these songs. Reading this article alone may help you understand the basics of guitar, but it is almost impossible to learn to play without having a guitar to play on. Step two: frets. Most acoustic guitars come with 20 frets, electric guitars usually have 21-24. You might be asking yourself, "what is a fret," but don't worry, I have the answer. A fret is one of the metal pieces running vertically on the neck of your guitar. The fret closest to your headstock is the first fret, the one after that is the second and, well, you get the idea. Our next step is the chord. A chord is multiple notes combined together to make a desired sound. The chords we will be learning are simply located in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd fret only.
Here's a chart of basic chords: www.guitarlearninglesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/printable-guitar-chord-chart.gif
Now, you're going to want to place your guitar on your lap with the strings facing you and the headstock pointing to the left. This is so that you can view your guitar in the same manner that the chords are displayed in the link above. When looking at the displayed chords, tilt your head to the right. The black dots mark the fret space and string on which you must put your fingers. To play a C you place your index finger on the second-to-bottom string in the first fret, skip one string, then, place your middle finger on the fourth-to-bottom string in the second fret, and your ring finger goes on the fifth string in the third fret.
Another area we need to cover is strumming and finger picking. The speed at which you strum plays a very important part in the sound and feel of a song. Try listening closely to any song before you play it yourself. There are two things to listen for; tempo and loudness. With an acoustic guitar, the power of your strum will define the song's loudness. If you want a soft song, then strum softly. You'll notice that in some songs, the guitar is not strummed, but notes are picked individually by fingers. This technique may sound hard, but it is easy to learn. Start out by strumming an Em, then use your thumb, index finger and middle finger to individually pluck the top three strings. Practice this daily, and with time, you'll be finger picking songs like there's no tomorrow.
Now that you've learned how to properly position your fingers and strum a chord, let's learn some songs! With the chart of basic chords I provided, many songs are now within your reach. The most important part is practicing your finger placement and switching back and forth, from chord to chord. The more you practice, the better your muscle memory will get.
Soon, you'll be able to play songs like:
Hallelujah - www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/j/jeff_buckley/hallelujah_ver2_crd.htm - by Leonard Cohen
Devil Town - www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/b/bright_eyes/devil_town_crd.htm - by Bright Eyes
God of This City - www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/c/chris_tomlin/god_of_this_city_crd.htm - by Chris Tomlin
Anne Louise - www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/m/manchester_orchestra/anne_louise_crd.htm - by Manchester Orchestra
Just keep practicing and don't ever give up!