4 essential and easy guitar tips for beginners

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When I started out playing the guitar I didn’t know any theory. My older cousin taught me these 4 tips and they carried me a long way for a long time until I had a chance to study music in college. So here they are! Follow these 4 tips and this will get you rolling on guitar in no time. Have fun!

  1. How to hold a pick

For years I played with incorrect picking technique and it took a long time to retrain and learn proper picking technique. Hopefully the following clips will save you years of unwittingly using improper form. Both focus on alternate picking which is really the test when it comes to proper picking technique. Alternate picking is another technique I wish I had learned about early on. If you’re interested in soloing, it is essential that you possess this skill.

  1. Power Chord

This is the first chord I learned before diving into any music theory. It only requires 3 fingers and it can be played all over the guitar neck so it’s extremely versatile. You’ve heard this chord before in many classic rock and punk music such as Sex Pistols, Nirvana, Ramones, etc.

  1. Pentatonic Scale­

This is the first scale most guitarists learn. This scale is also very movable along the guitar neck and versatile. In many cases this is the only scale learned by guitarists and it carries them along many songs and even genres of music such as Blues, Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, you name it.

Pretty cool huh­? I will be expounding on these topics in future blogs but for now this is an easy way to get started. Have any questions or topic ideas? Let me know.