I have just been going through various forums, and the amount of new people trying to play guitar is interesting, what I have noticed is:- they try to run before they can walk, this is probably because they are so keen to be able to play guitar.
They get music or song sheets with chords on them, this is all fine if you are familiar with the chords.
Some lines in songs may expect you to change chords 5 times, some only 2, but to be able to change chords so quickly takes years of practice, also to adapt strumming patterns to these chords is very difficult.
I have been playing guitar for 15 to 20 yrs, and my advice to new players is, instead of going straight into song sheets, learn a group of chords that will harmonise with each other say:- C then Am then F then G7, learn this group in that order, keep practicing untill you can change the chords in that order very quickly, when you can do that practice the strumming pattern, adapt different beats, for each chord. pick the middle 4 strings 5th, 4th,3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th in that order on each chord.
Once you have masterd this you will have acheaved somthing, and this group of chords fits into loads of songs.
Try in the picking order I said, and play Wise men say, only fools rush in,by Elvis.
you will be pleased with yourself, Hope this is helpfull to all you new players, young & old, best of luck.
Last edited by tonynulty (2010-02-02 21:15:50)