Woah! That’s awesome. I pulled up a few youtube videos of aguinaldo style and it’s pretty sweet (and it does look a little difficult). I’d suggest asking around your family and friends to figure out some easy/beginner songs within that style. If you don’t know anyone who plays guitar, check out some local lessons… but make sure you let them kno wwhat your goals are. You can totally do it! Have fun. Let me know how it’s going!
What do I mean? I first took a guitar class when I was 6 or 7, I had my sisters cheap acoustic with something like 1/4" action at the 5th fret, I couldn't get any chord shapes fretted, predictably I ended up not practicing which led to not learning, which led to me not really starting to play guitar until I was 17 and bought an Ibanez Destroyer II (the nice model with the ebony fingerboard); even though at this point I'd been playing classical violin since the age of nine I tuned my electric guitar to all perfect 4ths (being a violinist it didn't occur to me that you could have a tuning where the strings weren't equidistant from one another in pitch); I plugged it into a huge Fischer ghetto blaster I had with a 1/4" mix-mic input, if I put a cassette tape in and hit record and pause at the same time and then turn the mix knob all the way up, I could get this horrible distortion from overdriving the cheap solid state preamp in it. I then learned Smoke on The Water and Iron Man (in that order of course, I believe a law was passed in the 80's requiring everyone to learn them in that order), it sounded terrible all around, every time I tried to play an open chord I couldn't understand why it sounded wrong (the top two strings were a 1/2 step sharp of course). But you know what? I played, I slowly started practicing more, and slowly got better, eventually I even learned how to tune standard. Whichever type of guitar and/or music excites you is the type you should learn first, otherwise you may not find yourself motivated to pursue it.
If you want to rapidly learn to play the acoustic guitar yourself, start by learning 1 or 2 simple chords, like E minor and A major. To play these chords, check a fingering chart, then place the fingers of your left hand on the correct strings on the neck of the guitar, then strum across the body of the guitar with your right hand. If you are left-handed, you will either need to hold the guitar upside-down or learn to play right-handed. Once you have mastered the 2 chords, practice going back and forth between them. Gradually add in more chords as you feel comfortable.
Depending on your personal guitar goals, you might consider starting with an acoustic. Some argue that by starting with a more difficult guitar, you can go back and forth from any guitar because you’ve already mastered the more difficult of the two styles of instrument. Acoustic guitars also offer the freedom and convenience of just picking it up to play verses needing power to jam.
1. Using a classical guitar will probably help anyone who has thicker fingers. Generally, classical guitars have wider/thicker necks, which usually means that the strings are further apart. This lessens the issue of your fingers rubbing up against the wrong strings. Unfortunately, wider necks can make it more difficult for players with small hands.
Download apps that will help you learn how to play. There are apps that you can download to your mobile device that will help you learn how to play the acoustic guitar. These apps range from step-to-step guides on how to play, to apps that can act as mixers and recorders. Go to the app store for your device and try to find some apps that can help you.
When I first started playing guitar, I was ready for an overnight miracle. I had my guitar, I had my amp, I had my gung-ho attitude. Why shouldn’t I be instantly amazing? Oh yeah, because it’s a skill learned over time, just like anything else. Around this time in my guitar playing infancy, I was given some great advice: Rather than rushing through training, it’s better to slow down, take your time, learn the fundamentals, and only move on when you’re ready.
I also am an adult learner with background in classical studies...looking to play some other types of music...there as are so many choices in books and it can be hard to make a choose a good one online. I recently got a sea shanty book with only words no chords! Great...uggg. so the reviews on this book helped me make my decision.. There is also a very easy download offered...love it!! Nice bonus. Will be getting other books offered from this series!
This is the Power Chord. It is probably, other than the C Major and E Minor open chords, the most used chord because it can be used in everything, especially Rock. You take this shape and you move it all across the low E and A string without changing shape, and that is all you need to play almost every Rock song… as long as you use it on the right frets!
Hey Tyler – those chords should get you there pretty fast. You may want to thrown in some 7 chords (D7, C7 G7, A7, etc.). However it really depends on the kind of country music you like. Contemporary country is a little more pop/rock based. Older country music is probably a little more blues based. If you’re just singing and strumming along you should already be good to go. Don’t worry if the chord changes are slow…. it’s better to make shitty chord changes (in time with the song/music) then to pause… switch your chord…. and then resume playing. Good luck man!
Have you ever thought of playing with other musicians? I know it can be daunting… but it’s a really good way to improve/learn. I’ve run of couple of “jam sessions” with some students (who have only been playing for a year or so)… they all liked it… it’s a safe and fun environment. If you have access to anything like that in your area you should check it out.
Remember, you’re not going to grab your axe and become the second coming of Andres Segovia, Charo, or whatever classic guitar playing virtuoso whose fingers doubled as picks. You’re going to need that little triangular piece of plastic to be your friend. As you may guess, this courtship is not just about picking one up and brushing it up and down on the strings.
Minutes 60-600. Pick up the guitar everyday for 20 days for 30 minutes or so. You can do this while you do other things like watch TV or chit chat. Get your fingers used to moving around on the fretboard. Start jamming out some John Denver baby. Please do sing along. Eventually try to keep up with tempo of the changes in the actual song. Once you can change your chords on time, focus on improving your “touch” with your right hand. Strum the chords in a way that it adds texture to the recording (if you are playing along with the man himself.)