Things for new guitar players to avoid – Chording only

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Don’t spend all your time learning Chords

There are at least two distinct paths you can take to learning the guitar.

First, like many new guitar players you can focus exclusively on learning Chords right from day 1. This may get you playing along with basic songs fairly quickly.

But the problem with this approach is that you will tend to learn five or six chords and get stuck at that stage. And chances are you won’t bother learning any music theory. This makes the guitar basically a chording instrument.

But it can be so much more.

The other approach is to learn how to play individual notes – melodies of songs, for example, or bass notes to embellish your chords. What this does is force you to learn where the notes are located, and how the strings are related to each other.

And unless you’re going to play everything “by ear” or from memory, you also will have to learn how to read music. So the next time somebody says “Can you play ‘Happy Birthday’?” you can say “No problem.”

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