[FAQ] by Newbie Guitarists
If you are a beginner, you might be having loads of questions in your mind which have still been unanswered. Many of you might be too shy to ask any existing guitarist or your tutor for this, in case you think they might not entertain all the questions and thus, below you will get most of your questions answered honestly.
1) Which guitar should I buy and how much can it cost?
A: This cannot be answered accurately since, each guitarist’s taste and style differs from brand to brand. The best option for you is to visit a musical instrument store ask for the collections available within your budget. Pick them up and hold them and see with which ones, you are comfortable in holding and which size is right for you. You should also ask for a demo of each type and listen to the tune of the ones you have shortlisted, then buy the one which suits your budget.
2) What is the right age to start playing?
A: There is no age limit to start anything learning anything new, neither is it ever too early or late. Whichever age you might be at, if you have the energy, move your fingers properly and have what it takes, whether you are 5 or 55, nothing can stop you.
3) Can I learn on my own or do I need a tutor?
A: It varies from person to person on how they are comfortable in learning. Beginners can learn from the guitar teaching books if they are comfortable with it. There are several tutorials for learning online which are available for free, but there are many of you might just need a real life helping hand for learning the guitar, and it’s always better to have a personal tutor since they can correct you on the spot while you play.
4) What type of guitar should I start off with?
A: If you are interested in learning to play guitar, it doesn’t matter which type you choose, whether it’s an electric or acoustic, it depends on your dedication, love, and budget.
5) Why do my fingers hurt so much?
A: This is common for every beginner since it requires a lot of movement throughout the guitar frame, striking of the strings with your fingers and pressing hard on the frets to get the right note or tune. It hurts in the beginning because your hands are not yet used to catching all the notes or striking the strings but if you keep on practicing regularly, on the day, you will get used to it and won’t face any pain further.
6) How long will it take to master the guitar?
A: Learning has no end. A no matter how good a tutor you get to how many skills you master, you cannot reach the end of it, since every day a new skill or technique comes into being. There is a difference in mastering all the skills and learning to play properly. To be able to play the guitar smoothly, it depends on how well you can take things up, learn them and learn to play it with ease. It might take a week, a month, a year or even a couple of years depending on how you take it up or your tutors teach.
7) How much time should I dedicate to practice every day?
A: It is recommended that you dedicate at least an hour or two daily until you are smooth and can play without mistakes. Once you have learnt the basics, you can then alter your time duration as per your availability and requirements. But do remember that if you sit for practice, make sure you do it at a stretch with short intervals but not long ones. Practice is the only key to master any particular skill in any sector so is crucial.
8) Should I use fingers or a pick while playing?
A: It is suggested that you use your fingers mostly since that gives you a free movement of your fingers to strike each string with a different finger. But, if you are not comfortable with it, in the beginning, it’s alright, you can use a pick. Those of you think that your finger might slip, you can use a pick too, but to get into the tough cords, fingers will help you more.
9) Should I start off with lead or rhythms?
A: It doesn’t matter from which one you start. Lead involves playing the single notes while rhythm refers to riffs or playing multiple strings together in rhythm. You can start off with anyone and move on to the next, after all, a good guitarist will master on both the sectors so that they can fit in anywhere.