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February 09 2016


How to Play Beginners guitar and Become the MVP

Function Guitarist
This matches with the kind of gigs you will find as an acoustic guitarist: band member, self-accompanying soloist and lead guitarist in a duo or combo. Like a soloist, you'll find no shortage of coffee houses, cocktail parties, up-scale social events, weddings and restaurants where your presence (nicely dressed, needless to say) add a flair of elegance and class to the event particularly if you play a classical or major jazz acoustic guitar, something piped in music struggles to do.

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All by myself...

The main element to being a good soloist (the self-accompanying kind), is always to play music where you're playing a melody, a bass line and also the backing chords all as well. While this is no small feat, figuring out how to fingerpick at the same time you're understanding the basic guitar chords will help immensely, you'll have instilled finger coordination and independence within your style for the beginning.

There's plenty of guitar TABs on the web that can help you get started in developing a solid song repertoire of finger-style songs. And, truthfully, perhaps the simplest ones to experience sound way more complex (and impressive!) compared to what they really are.

Group effort:

Playing rhythm guitar within a band is fairly self-explanatory: you're part of the rhythm section with the bass and drums. The major problem of being a rhythm guitarist is the lead singers in most bands are already fairly competent rhythm guitarists themselves, then there is seldom a need for two rhythm players in a single band.

So, unless you're lead singer yourself, as soon as you learn to play acoustic guitar, you could do well to learn the art of vocal harmony or turn into a lead guitarist. And, yes, there is such a thing as an acoustic lead guitarist. Most acoustic duos get one or both of the guitarists overtaking lead guitar chores after a show; in bluegrass bands the guitarist usually plays both rhythm and lead during a show, as you would generally in most every other combo which has only one guitarist.

Utilizing the lead.

There are many online guitar lessons that will guide you along the road to becoming a lead guitarist. It really is much more common to find electric guitar soloing lessons that it is to locate acoustic lead lessons, but most of what the electric lessons concentrate on (with some big exceptions, like radical string bending and whammy bar techniques) is true when you learn to play electric guitar.

The biggest hurdle in learning how to play classical guitar solos is making them sound melodic. The secret to making melodic solos is simple: play something can sing, or sing something you can play.

Meaning, whenever you rehearse, constructs a solo by singing what you look for to play over the chord progression first. Then learn how to play what you sang. Or if perhaps you're good enough, create a melody and play it at the same time. Think of George Benson playing and singing the solo simultaneously on his classic type of "Masquerade".

You can even play the song's melody around the guitar as a way to get yourself started, and then proceed up your own variations from the melody as it moves along. Think of Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" solo.


There's so much more on the acoustic guitar than the basic guitar chords that we all commence with when we're learning how to play acoustic guitar, with a little forethought you could be something more than "just another guitarist". It is possible to become the most valuable player in the band.

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