image

An Adult Beginner’s Guide to Acoustic Guitar

As adults, we approach learning a musical instrument from a different perspective. It may be something we’ve always dreamed of doing, or perhaps it’s a way to keep inspiration flowing. Maybe we just want to have a bit of fun. 

Want to jump in but not sure where to start as an adult? Consider ArtistWorks’ newest course, “Beginner’s Guide to Acoustic Guitar.” Taught by ArtistWorks Co-Founder, Chairman and lifelong guitarist David Butler, these lessons are specifically designed for adult beginners and first-time players. You’ll learn fundamental skills and techniques, plus basic acoustic guitar lessons that use the music you’ve loved since your youth to teach you how to play the guitar.

Keep these tips in mind as you begin to conquer the mighty six-string.

Use a “better than beginner” instrument 

There’s a reason why a fine instrument costs more. A better instrument is usually easier and more satisfying to play, encouraging you to continue. Invest a little more in that instrument and you’ll reap big rewards.

Learn the songs you love

There’s nothing more motivating than learning to play the music you love. With “Beginner’s Guide to Acoustic Guitar,” many lessons are centered on music that you grew up listening to!  You’ll be encouraged to practice more when the outcome is learning music from The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Elvis Presley and more.

Set realistic goals

Just like anything else in life, a goal will help you to get there with some meaningful progress under your belt. By envisioning an end point, you’ll find purpose in your practice, and be encouraged to keep going. The key is to set your expectations with a few achievable milestones in between. Challenge yourself with the final goal, but consider the time you’ve got and the difficulty of the outcome.

Work with a pro

One of the worst things you can do is develop incorrect playing habits early on. Start with a teacher who can direct and correct you. David is a master musician who, through ArtistWorks’ comprehensive online learning platform, strives to share well-established and proven techniques and tips right from the beginning.

Don’t compare yourself with others

We’re all not going to be virtuoso players from the start, so cut yourself a break and just enjoy the fact that you can actually make music. Comparing yourself with others is a slippery slope to discouragement.

Have patience

We’re all busy and want to see results in our playing, but learning a musical instrument takes time and a bit of a plan. No one ever said that taking acoustic guitar lessons was going to be easy! Take a deep breath and know that small steps are what it takes to reach big goals.

Make short sessions count

Don’t have a ton of time? That’s ok. Carve out a short period of time to work on a passage or technique and you’ll soon see progress. Three fifteen-minute sessions throughout the day can add up to meaningful progress!

Celebrate those small steps, too

Finally got that song down? Time to celebrate! Record a video for your friends, or just play it for yourself and savor the moment. Use it as your inspiration to go further! When you look back and realize you’ve learned that hard fingering, or techniques that felt impossible are now second nature, give yourself a pat on the back.

Now’s the perfect time to begin your musical journey, for only $19.99 per month! Come strum along at your own pace and discover your hidden guitar playing skills. Sign up for Beginner’s Guide to Acoustic Guitar today! 

ADVERTORIAL

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!