Playing a guitar as part of a band can do wonders for you. The reason that I say this comes down to the fact playing guitar not only builds your skills and techniques, but it also builds your confidence when it comes to the limit of your own abilities. Plus, it is a great way to impress your friends! You have two options when it comes to doing this; you can either learn to play rhythm or lead guitar but if you've never attempted to play guitar before just where do you start?
Both rhythm and lead guitar have difference aspects to master but when you are starting out as a beginner you need to learn the same basics for both before you go on to master the techniques associated with one particular one. In my opinion however it is very worthwhile, especially when you are playing guitar in a band to master both lead and rhythm guitar. When it comes to how you learn to play the guitar it can often be a daunting task but don't worry there is plenty of help along the way.
The guitar is a very versatile instrument, the reason for this comes down to the fact it can be used in a wide variety of styles of music, this could be anything from death metal to rock or country or even classical music. In fact guitars can actually be used in pretty much any style of music. Also the guitar is considered to be one of the more approachable instruments; this is of course when you master the basics. The basics of guitar could take you months or even years to master depending on how often you practice and how quickly you pick up the skills. Once you have got the basics sorted it should be noted that you will need formal instruction at some point of your guitar tuition to really tighten up your skills.
Some of the most important basics that you can pick up is learning about cords. So to start off with what you should be aiming to do is learn songs that utilize single notes or power chords. What this will do is help you build finger strength, dexterity and familiarity with the guitar. Also to help you grasp the concept of chords it is also a good idea to tune your guitar. The reason for this is it will not only help you're playing sound better but it will also give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with which string and fret combinations correspond with which notes.
There is now a lot of help available when it comes to learning how to play the guitar. One example of this comes in the form Internet tuition, which is a very effective way of picking up the guitar skills that you need to make it in a band. Internet tuition involves playing along with an instructor who is demonstrating what you need to do in video format. This is effective as the song is broken down into various different stages and for each stage there is a unique video; these stages are; song structure, the chords, sound & rhythm, song intro, verse one, chorus, intro, verse, chorus, verse two & chorus, middle eight. This is a great way to learn as you can truly master a song when it is broken down in such a way. Sites that offer this form of tuition are one of the most effective methods when it comes to learning and honing guitar skills to be able to play in a band.
With the right tuition and plenty of practice you will be able to learn songs inside out and best of all you will learn and master the all important chord changes, time signatures and scales. As you rehearse more and more you will also find that you will be able to add variation to the songs that you are learning, which will then move you onto the next stage of playing guitar in a band, which is writing your own songs of course!