Guitar Camp For Adults

Published: 12th April 2010
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You can play guitar!

Anyone can learn how to play guitar. It doesn't matter how old someone is. Playing guitar is a great way to reduce stress and increase relaxation. However, it does take some time and patience when learning something new. That's why mature students have a better shot at learning how to really play than younger students. So let's get started with some tips.

Tip #1

When plucking the strings, make an "a-okay" sign while holding the pick. Your hand should look like an open oval with your thumb and first finger. This technique will cause you to strum, as if one is playing the most beautiful harp in the world. Just a delicate down swing, and this will improve the tonality of your strumming.

Tip #2

Don't fret, about fretting. Callouses will become your new friend, but it takes a while to develop them. Try to play an "E minor" chord, one of the simplest chords on the guitar. Go to the headstock where the strings are cut off, and go up two spaces, or "frets", as we call them. Put your middle finger on the second string from the top, followed by your third finger on the third string from the top. Gradually add pressure, but not too much, and try strumming with your free hand. This isn't easy, but it's not impossible either. Practice makes good enough.

Tip #3

Slow down. Believe it, or not, the milder the pace, the better the performance. Use a metronome, and set the beat to "Largo", which is nice and slow. Hit the notes one at a time in syncopation with the beat. Practice often, and play better, that's my motto. When this is no longer a challenge, increase the speed, or "tempo" of the metronome. Speed comes after a lot of practicing. Don't give up.

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