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How I learned to play guitar – by Rayhan Mustafa


Hey there,

This book is going to be a really quick intro to guitars. It’s basically inspired by how I learned to play guitar. I am self-taught and have never had a single lesson from a guitar teacher. Most of what I learned was from the internet so I have to give credit to the aliens that invented this technology. But hopefully by summarizing everything you need to know into this quick book, you will learn how to play guitar.

Finding A Guitar

When I was 12 years old, I decided that I wanted to learn how to play guitar. As soon as I made that decision, I did whatever I could to achieve that dream. But the first step was to get access to a guitar. Luckily I was able to find one just lying around in my basement. That was simple, but not everyone has a guitar just lying around.

The first thing you should do is think of everyone you know that has or plays a guitar, and see if they may have an extra one you can borrow or even just play once at their house. I make this suggestion because before you want to spend money on a guitar, you need to really be sure this is something you want to invest money in. So the cheapest options are always the best ways to start.

However, if you can’t find a free guitar, or are sure you want to purchase one, I would recommend you go to your nearest guitar store and test some out. Notice I said test, and not buy. You don’t want to buy a guitar until you’ve tested out almost every guitar in your price range. It’s important to test out a guitar because you want to feel comfortable when you play, especially if you’re still learning. Some differences you will notice are the size of the neck in terms of width and length, the spacing of the frets, the wood, and also the location of the bridge. Everyone likes it different and certain styles of music require different specifications. For now, your main concern should be what feels good, and as you get more experience, you will learn about your playing style and what you like in a guitar.

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