Learning to play the guitar is one of the most fulfilling lessons a budding musician can achieve. The guitar is widely used to play and make music. It is also one of the oldest musical instruments that ever existed.
Playing the guitar is a skill that anyone can learn. It requires patience and passion. Upon learning how to play, making music on a guitar is not difficult. You may not write good music at your first attempt and therefore, there is no need to feel intimidated by the kind of music you listen to in the airwaves. Many songs that do not make it to the airwaves because of their quality. Just like any other art, you have to learn how to practice until you become perfect at the art.
Listed below is a summary of the 5 steps to follow:
The first step is to determine the kind of songs you like and why you find them so good. Once you identify the song, you should determine what role the guitar plays in the song. The guitar can be solo or as a support to the piano or vocal chord. If the song has a chorus, it will be much easier for you to learn the guitar as opposed to a song without a chorus.
The second step is to decide the effect that you want the guitar to bring into the music. If you want the music to be slower or faster, this is the opportunity to make that decision. As a start, you should only work with music that you know and can at least sing through.
Many songs are held together by the chord progression. At this stage, you will determine the modulation of the song. For instance, whether it goes up and any point by a whole step of A to B major and say back to the A Major. Once you recognize these facts, you can then proceed to mark them in your written notes.
Create a song title and write down all the thoughts and suggestions you may have. Try out different variations of areas where you think there should be a change. At this stage, do not be in a hurry to finish as it can take much of your time before you have everything in place. Do not be too hard on yourself if you take too long to finish. Sometimes ideas come after a long process of thought. Whenever possible, carry your guitar with you in your free time, a phone and a paper to write down your thoughts.
This is the stage when you now share your work with a colleague or music teacher for them to listen, enjoy, make changes, critique and recommend additions. You cannot work alone on such a project. To produce the best work its good if you work with others.
In conclusion, writing a song through the guitar puts joy and satisfaction to your heart. It brings happiness and life to the world around you. Music produced by the guitar evokes emotions that can last lifetimes. Some of the greatest music ever produced was through the guitar. It is, therefore, a worthwhile thing to learn.