Here are a few tips to get you started before you begin learning the guitar.

  • If you are still looking for a guitar, check out my blog article and free video on choosing your first guitar to get some insight on what to look for in choosing a guitar. Don’t settle for a piece of crap, get something you will be happy with. There are tons of good quality inexpensive guitars on the market these days. Let me help you choose one.
  • You won’t be playing guitar like Jimmy Page in a week so you need to practice to get results. We’ll help you set some goals and setup a practice plan so that you can reach them. While playing guitar like a pro doesn’t happen overnight, there is still a ton of fun to have with the learning process and discovering new songs. Be sure to check out the lesson on practicing so you can set yourself up for success.
  • Avoid pain. Strain is real for guitarists. Make sure you spend some time warming up on your guitar with easier exercises or songs before you play something hard. Stretching exercises are a must. On that note, playing guitar can cause pain in your fingertips. This is normal. When developing calluses, start slowly until the skin becomes less tender. You don’t want your fingers bleeding. This is not a good thing.
  • Trim your nails, short nails will make fretting the guitar easier.
  • Use a music stand when playing guitar, it is much more comfortable and keeps your posture in the correct position.
  • Have fun. Playing guitar is supposed to be fun. There will be work involved but if you aren’t having fun, then there is something wrong. Structure your practice so that you take care of technique and then make some time to play things that are fun such as a popular song you like.
  • Practice good posture and technique when playing guitar. How to place your thumb. You don’t want a sore back, tendonitis or anything else. Stretch and warm up before you play. If you start experiencing pain, stop. Do not over do it or your recovery may hinder your learning experience and your guitar playing for long periods of time.
  • When you begin working on technique on guitar, make sure you do it right the first time and every time after that. If you practice bad technique it will stick with you and will be difficult to correct later on as you develop as a player. If you practice correct technique each and every time, the right way, from the beginning, will become permanent. While a shortcut might seem like a good idea at the time, in the long run it can hurt you.
  • If you get stuck with playing somethig on guitar, ask questions. I’m  here to help. There is a private forum on for each course where you can getting answer to question based on the course and lesson. Or if you choose to just follow this book and not take the video course, you can also visit the public forum for and ask questions there. I am available during for private instruction via Google hangouts. Lastly you can email me at