Thursday, March 31, 2011


Once you know a little bit about how music is structured and where to find it on the fretboard, you must get those strings vibrating to make music. This, of course, means coordinating both hands. The fretboard hand must be holding the strings down firmly to allow them to vibrate, and the picking hand must attack the strings cleanly also, to prevent unwanted notes from clouding the sound. This may take a little while to achieve, and practice is the only way to get there. Your finger tips will hurt for a little while, as your calluses build up, but soon enough you won't feel any discomfort. Make sure you play at least a little each day to maintain the insensitivity. The only way to become proficient on the guitar is to play as often as you can. The word 'practice' sometimes makes it seem like work, so it's better just to call it 'playing'. The best way to do that is to have your guitar out of its case in full view, either hanging on the wall or sitting on a stand, so that it's easy to pick up any old time you have a few minutes (or hours) to spare. Daily playing, even if it's just a little each day, is the key to keeping those fingers tough and limber.  Million thanks to Raja Nurul Nabila Arif for teaching on how to play guitar.

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