Things To Know Before Your First Guitar Lesson

When starting to learn a new hobby or skill, it's important to remember that everyone starts as a beginner. Nowhere is this more true than with a musical instrument like a guitar. There are many new skills you must first learn before you can begin playing an actual song. This can be frustrating for beginners that are hoping for nearly immediate progress, but by approaching your lessons as a process, you can avoid this frustration and instead focus on developing these early skills to the best of your ability. The following are a couple of more things that you should know before beginning your beginner guitar lessons.

It takes time to toughen your fingers 

Playing the guitar has a physical component, which only time and practice will allow you to build up to this. That component is your fingers. If you inspect the hands of a seasoned guitar player, you will notice that the pads of their fingers seem tough. This is because the process of strumming and sliding between frets builds a callus on the fingers over time. When you first start playing, you won't have these calluses yet, which means long and hard practice sessions can lead to pain, discomfort, and even bleeding. To avoid all this, your guitar teacher will assign "fingering" exercises. These serve the dual purpose of building your callus while also helping you become more skilled with chords and maneuvering the fretboard. Take a practice break when your fingers start to ache until you have sufficient callusing to where this is no longer a concern.

Music will build slowly

You likely won't begin working on a full song during your first lesson, nor in your second, third, or fourth. Instead, your guitar teacher will start at the very basics, particularly if this is your first instrument. This means your first lesson may only consist of learning the parts of the guitar, how to tune it or change a string, and a few chords or fingering exercises to practice at home. While this may not seem as fun as learning a song, it is important to set aside daily time to work on these early lessons. Eventually, these skills will become second nature, providing the backbone for all future lessons. By working hard to master these basics, you will be much more prepared for actually learning a song with skill when the time comes to progress.

For more help, contact a guitar teacher in your area and schedule your first lesson.