A lot of people go into professional guitar performance by the time they are 22 but most don’t learn the basics at that age and end up wasting years of life. One of the best guitar lesson videos I’ve seen is called ‘The 12 Keys to Guitar’ by Jon Plaskett. It’s based on a simple and fun concept called ‘keys’. This is what he says that makes music:
“Keys” is the key, “finger” is the chord and notes – in other words there are 4 primary things we play at every position. If you want to play guitar correctly you have to master the four key things – the finger position, the chord position, the octave position and the tone position. The key is the most important thing so if you are a beginner you must master the basic keys – the 2nd, 3rd (or more) and 5th (or more) finger positions, the 6th (or 2nd finger) and the 7th (or 2nd thumb) and the 8th (or 3rd finger) for each key.
In order to master the basic keys you must work at a high rate and at a high tempo every day so that when you learn the higher key chords, octaves etc. at 19 when you are a teenager, you already have the base for all those other chords and octaves. It is important to develop these things, and develop them quickly after you’ve learnt the basic keys as the more advanced stuff takes time to develop and gets harder. The point is that you must master the 8th fingered finger position, the 6th fingered finger position, the octave finger position, the 2nd and 3rd finger position and the 5th. The more you go into learning the 8th fingered finger position etc. the faster you learn the other 4 key things.
That’s 4 finger positions and chords but that’s about it – there are no notes. These are not chords and are not chords but, as I said, if you want to be a music professional you must be able to do both. That’s exactly what’s called the “master keys” – and by that I mean you have to know these two or three of the 8th fingered finger positions and that’s it.
Some beginner guitars are too slow! Do you need to pick them up?
The beginner guitar is very, very easy to pick up – just pick one, two or 3 chords and practice at that time as long
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