As a player for 13 years let me give you some advice
1) Start learning notes before progressing on to chords. I'd recommend Mel Bay's Guitar Lessons Grade 1 & 2. They're designed for students, but it breaks every note down. Sounds stupid, bu with the basics you can easily build onto music theory and scale progression. So you begin to rock much faster before sounding
Plus, everyone loves a good Twinkle Twinkle Litter Star or Hot Cross Buns
2) Hold your pick the most comfortable way for you. Van Halen is infamous for holding his pick the "incorrect" way, but if it works for you, it works. I hold mine with the pad of my thumb and the side of my index finger. I think the 'official' way is to hold it with your thumb and pad of your index finger, but it's uncomfortable and hinders speed.
allow your thumb to creep over the edge of the top of the neck. When beginning, this is the biggest and worst habit to get into. Plus, when playing chords, laying your palm flat against the back of the neck will contribute to that buzz. Instead, press your thumb to the back of the neck and curl around. When you get good, then you can start putting your hand into a more comfortable position, but for now, you'll develop nothing more then a bad habit.
4) Speed < Consistency. No one cares if your fast if it sounds like shit. Start slow then progress. Same with chords and scales, if you look at the neck, so what, better then sounding like a steaming pile of turds.
5) When you hit the
don't stop playing, there are going to be a few times this will happen. From notes --> chords --> scales --> soloing, it happens to the best of us and you will get bored. That's
so just keep going with it. Playing guitar well doesn't happen overnight.
to your pinkie! On your left hand (or right depending) that pinkie cannot
be ignored. If the song calls to be played with the pinkie, USE your pinkie, DO NOT HALF ASS THIS.
If you do, what results is what I'm dealing with now where you curl the pinkie under while playing and have to slide up and down the neck.
7) Don't stick to one genre of music. It's the worst thing you could possibly do, and if you look at any professional guitar player Zakk Wylde
, Slash Yngwie Malsteem, Burton160w
you decipher that everything they play takes roots from various sources, be it jazz, blues, or rock foundations. I have just as much throwing in a little Stevie Ray Vaughn or George Thoroughgood as I do Job for a Cowboy and Black Label Society
Plus it makes your own riffs and solos unique.
8) SCALES! SCALES! SCALES!
Learn 'em from major to minor from blues to jazz. Play 'em over and over and over and increase speed. This is your foundation for solos and
so don't skimp on scales. Grab some drum loops and just play scales to 'em.
Other then that, have fun and please feel free to ask me any questions!
Make sure to switch up your artists, but for beginners oddly enough check out Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their music is mainstream and everyone knows 'em, but it's simple enough for beginners to challenege themselves with. Also sublime, the girls LOVE sublime
And GOODLUCK from one Ibanez player to another (I'll take my Ibanez over my Gibson anyday)