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Learn to Play Guitar - Getting Started

Learn to Play For younger people, Dan Cross, Guide of Guitar at About thinks, one on one lessons are essential to learning to play the guitar.

Old fogies who just want to learn a couple of chords might get away with learning guitar from books, videos, or online lessons. But, if you're going to start playing guitar early in life, you might as well do it right.

A private teacher can immediately point out little mistakes you're making, and help you correct them before they develop into major problems. Plus, a private teacher should give you positive feedback, and help you feel good about yourself and your guitar playing.

Before you start taking lessons however, it's not a bad idea to spend some time getting accustomed with the guitar and guitar basics. That way, you can walk into your first lesson feeling confident that you will be able to play the first exercises your teacher gives you.

Check out Dan's Guitar Lesson Archive

The lessons were created with the beginner in mind. It is suggested that new guitarists start at lesson one, spending at least one week learning the exercises and songs in that lesson before moving on.

Dan shares these words: "I've always enjoyed the personal satisfaction that comes from playing guitar. It's fun to play for (and with) other people, but I've always had the most fun sitting and strumming by myself."

"It makes me feel good about myself, and it boosts my self confidence. But, there's no denying that playing guitar makes you stand out from those around you. Pull out a guitar at school, or anywhere there are friends around, and within minutes, everyone will be paying attention to you".

Dan's advice... "learn guitar because YOU want to. Playing guitar is supposed to be fun, so if you start, and aren't enjoying it, perhaps you need a change - a new teacher, or a different practice schedule. If you're having a good time playing guitar, you'll practice more, and get better, much more quickly.

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