Top 5 Tips for Learning Guitar

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Article by: Carley Varley | Author, Music Creator

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How to Learn Guitar for Beginners

I have been playing guitar for 10 years and while it can be a difficult instrument for many, I am excited to help new learners excel in their passion! We’re counting down our top 5 tips today:

5. Work out those hands!

Hand exercises are crucial in the success of your guitar playing!

My favorite exercise is putting your hand flat on the back of your guitar and trying to raise one finger at a time while keeping the other fingers down. Check out other exercise videos on YouTube to help with your flexibility, improve your mindset, enhance your practice and help with rhythm and multitasking.

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4. Progress to success

When I was learning guitar at the age of 14, I had to slowly go through each chord and only when I was comfortable, would I move on to the next and I’m so glad I did this. Here is my process:

  • Start with one chord at a time.
  • Keep on playing the chord until it’s perfected.
  • Repeat this until you have mastered them all!

Once you learn the chords, it’s good to start fingerpicking (playing single notes on strings on the chord) that way your fingers get used to moving. Take a break and come back to it again if you get tired or if your hand starts to hurt.

3. Perfecting your process

Once you’ve mastered all of the chords, start to string them together.

The most popular are Em, C, G, so start to practice changing between these. When you get more confident add the D Chord, Am Chord etc.

Everyone is different so don’t get discouraged, you’ll achieve your goals sooner than you think!

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2. Leverage your resources

One of the best ways to learn when you are starting out is to have a teacher or watch videos on YouTube. This keeps your mind always on the goal and helps avoid a lot of stress. Videos slow chords and songs down to simplify the process.

You should also learn TAB, which allows you to read guitar songs without knowing how to read music.

1. Keep the dream alive!

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You’d be surprised how many people quit because they don’t meet the goals they expect. If you are serious about playing guitar, you need to have it on your mind always. Keep telling yourself you can, and eventually, you will.


  • Work out those hands!
  • Progress to success.
  • Perfecting your process.
  • Leverage your resources.
  • Keep the dream alive!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope that these tips help you progress on your guitar-playing journey! I’d love to hear from you.

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Article by: Carley Varley


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