Are my fingertips suppose to get this
tender? If so how long?
Yes. But not forever. The fingertip will develop a callus
after a short while if you practice on a regular basis. It's simple, if you practice you get callus's. If you
don't, you don't.
When can I play a
You can actually play some songs with as little as 2
chords. So as little time as it takes you to get a couple of basic chord forms together, a week maybe?
There are many 3 chord songs as well. You don't have to know a bunch of chords to play simple songs. That's
How often should I
As often as you like! The quote I like
to remember is "Fatigue is good, pain is not." Let your body (or fingertips) be your guide as to how much is to
much. I will provide what are considered reasonable practice routines/goals for beginners in the course. Have
patience with yourself and allow "muscle memory" to be created.
How long should I
Beginners might feel limited as to how long they practice
because there is not a lot of variety in what they are practicing. Just the same little things over and over.
I recommend the beginner try a couple of short (10-15 minute?) sessions daily
Should I learn to play Acoustic or
Electric guitar first?
I might recommend starting on Acoustic
guitar, at least for a short while, and here's why. Less things to think about. Electric guitars have pick-ups,
pick-up selectors, input jacks, you need an amplifier and a cable to plug in, volume controls, tone controls,
whammy bars (ugh!). Lot's of things to "get in the way" of just learning guitar basics.
Standing up or sitting
Sitting at first makes more sense to
me. Standing involves getting a strap, adjusting the strap to your liking. Not to mention to most it feels
downright awkward at first. Like starting on acoustic, starting out sitting down presents fewer