- General Comments
- Seven principles of guitar playing
- Closing comments
- keep your hands relaxed
- keep your guitar in tune
- play in time, with the rhythm
- musicality always beats technicality
- practice too slow instead of too fast
- play along to records whenever you can
- play with other people whenever you can
Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace…
(The Republic of Plato, translated by Benjamin Jowett, 1888)
Music is a beautiful thing. Listening to music is like reading a book, watching a movie, or looking at a painting. Playing music gets you in touch with a fundamental part of the human experience. Plus, it is a lot of fun.
Playing guitar is great for a long list of reasons. The way the Guitar Kitchen is set up you will be making music after the second lessons. Making music is an amazing feeling. The Remember list sums up all the most important things you will want to know about making music and playing guitar.
Keep your hands relaxed
Keep your guitar in tune
Play in time, with the rhythm
Musicality beats technicality
Practice too slow instead of too fast
Play along to records whenever you can
Play with other people whenever you can
The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
Now for the nitty technical stuff. All this stuff will be important as long as you play the guitar. The basic principles were discussed in the “Remember” section.
The two important thing are to not strain your hands and to stay relaxed
Not straining your hands and arms is accomplished by staying relaxed, taking breaks, following our general advice and understanding principles of ergonomics. Staying relaxed is important for your hands as well as the rest of your body.
Start with a strong foundation now, be patient and you will reap a bountiful harvest in due time.
Playing music is great! Do not let an excuse (like you are just starting) keep you from playing music. Use what technique you have to create the music you imagine.
It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music.
–Ursula K. Le Guin