Prior to trying to play guitar songs, you will need to make sure that you tune your guitar. If it isn’t tuned the properly, then you won’t be able to produce anything that sounds remotely good. You will need to learn about how to read and play guitar tabs as well before you learn to play guitar songs.
The trick is not simply knowing the guitar tabs but also to train yourself to be able to listen to music and pick it up. This skill will make sure you learn to play guitar songs that you love. Even if you’re only a beginner – that’s alright, just start off where everyone does: simple songs. You should begin your lessons with only 3-chord songs at first, and you’ll learn as you go along.
As you are trying to memorize and listen carefully to a song, make sure you are getting a feel for the rhythm and the overall timing of when the chords are played, and when the strings are being picked. When you simply make time to listen after a while, then you should follow the song as it’s played by reading the correct tabs. Repeat this practice on a song you want to learn, keep track of timing and rhythm.
When you are done with the steps of listening through a few times, then reading along with the guitar tabs, then it’s time to pick up your instrument. When the song is playing, simply strum along. Don’t play so loud you don’t hear the song – you are trying to copy what’s being played.
If you feel comfortable with the timing of the piece and how to strum it, then you should turn off the music and try to play it. If you need a reminder, you should listen again to the song and try again. Keep repeating the process, one song at a time. Master the music, before you move onto another piece. Keep practicing until you can begin to sing along as well.
A great strategy to learn to play is to use a video camera as you’re playing. When you’re done practicing, you need to watch the video. The point is to catch your errors and correct yourself with the proper techniques.
If you are serious and want to learn to play guitar songs, you need passion. You will do yourself a favor grow in patience as you keep at it. It is alright to make plenty of mistakes along the way – this is normal. However, if you find that you are repeatedly making the same ones, it might be time for a break. Don’t get angry and flustered, just put down the guitar for a while and pick it up when you feel relaxed and motivated.