25 March 2009

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying a Guitar

The Jemsite guitar blog recently posted some interesting ideas on the theme 10 Things I Wish I Knew (Before Buying a Guitar). Never one to turn down a cheap excuse for a list post, I thought I'd offer my list of ten things I wish I'd known before buying a guitar.

My initial list had 22 things on it, but ten is the name of the game so I had to trim this down. After plenty of deliberating, here is the resulting list.

Now of course, I could use this post to make a cheap plug for my new free guitar report, 10 Best Tips to Learn Guitar The Easy Way. So that's exactly what I'm going to do... at the end of the post. Meanwhile, here's my list of 10 things I wish I'd known.

  1. It takes time to figure out what you want to play. Don't sweat your first purchases, get something cheap because you'll change it.
  2. When you learn, practice in very slow motion, not like you see other people playing.
  3. Use a metronome, all the time.
  4. You can always find more lessons and exercises than you have time to practice.
  5. Music theory is easy to read about, but you only really understand what you can play.
  6. Lower your aim - at least for the first ten years.
  7. Play with others, or with jam tracks, as much as possible.
  8. Cheap electrics often sound great through a good amp. The reverse is not true.
  9. You can always download more tab than you'll ever have time to learn and play.
  10. A guitar in hand is worth a couple of hundred on Harmony Central reviews.

That's the list out of the way, so on with the cheap plug I promised you. I'm pleased to announce a free new guide for those beginning, or thinking about beginning, to learn guitar.

The 10 Best Tips to Learn Guitar The Easy Way report aims to give beginner or novice guitarists some hints on how to approach guitar learning effectively. It will be out on Friday this week, so be sure to drop by then to download your free copy. Subscribe by email or RSS reader to be sure you don't miss it.

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Gary Fletcher said...

Ruth, Thanks for dropping by, glad you enjoy the blog and comment again.

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