Guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments. It can accompany other performers and apply solo. And the electric guitar, which appeared in the 20th century, revolutionized music and exerted a strong influence on the culture of our modern civilization.
The first evidence of stringed instruments with a resonating body and neck, the progenitors of the guitar, dates back to the second millennium BC. Instruments similar to the guitar existed among the Sumerians, in ancient Egypt and India.
The very word “guitar” underwent multiple changes, finally formed in the XIII century. In the Middle Ages the guitar became popular in Spain, and in Russia it came in the XVII century with Italian musicians. The classical forms of the instrument took shape in the 19th century on the basis of the Spanish design. And already in 1936 appeared the first electric guitar.
Today this tool is insanely popular.
It allows you to create music without much effort. However, the more popular the guitar, the more about it there is error. Often they relate to learning to play the instrument. It hurts a lot of advisers is close. A person does not know where to start, and the guitar itself does not seem so simple and understandable. It is worth debunking the main myths about it.
Before mastering an electric guitar, you first need to master the acoustic.
It should be understood that acoustic and electric guitar have different playing techniques and styles used. In fact, tools have little in common. Do not waste time on another tool – you just have to do what you like best. And this myth appeared in ordinary music schools. With the help of this statement, the teachers wanted to keep in their classes those students who wanted to start playing electric guitar.
You can learn guitar using tutorials and video lessons.
Such training options are considered to be fast, efficient and cheap. In fact, these methods do not imply any individual approach and feedback. But different people have to be taught differently. The approach can be very different. Some need notes, others can be trained by ear, others by chord, and fourth by fingers. If you start to learn not in the way that is closer by nature, then you can quickly go to a standstill and be disappointed. Only a personal teacher will be able to suggest the right option. And even if it is intuitively correct to choose the right direction, then there may be difficulties. The teacher will be able to find ways to solve problems taking into account different nuances. Self-educators also assume a multi-toned slotting, which is frustrating. It is worth noting that different video schools can simply be a fraud, especially if they promise to teach something in several lessons. And how does the self-instruction manual teach you how to make bands (suspenders of strings)? But this is the basis of technology, there are many nuances in the performance. It is necessary to take into account and simply the anatomical features of the pupils, the technique is chosen for them. Bands are similar to strength exercises in fitness. Errors in technology are fraught with even injuries and strains.
A guitar game is better to be taught in a serious organization, in a music school.
The system adopted at the music school is not entirely aimed at teaching music directly. This sounds, of course, a little strange. The purpose of such schools is the teaching of certain rules. Teachers are more concerned not with music itself, but with the creation of endless reports, plans, journals, and teachers’ meetings. Enthusiasm in the close framework remains a little. But this approach prevails in many commercial establishments. If they received accreditation, then the personnel are forced to strictly comply with certain norms or standards. Good teachers are not found through the system, but in spite of it. To learn how to play the guitar, you do not need a school, but a professional teacher with burning eyes that you trust. He may not be in an educational institution, but simply live in the neighborhood.
Learning to play the guitar is a difficult and long process.
According to this myth, it is necessary to learn the theory of music, to master different styles and techniques, to master beforehand other instruments. However, this statement is true only if a person wants to become a universal musician, versed in everything. But to become a bright performer on guitar such universalism is not required. It is enough to listen to your heart and not be distracted by extraneous things, spending your time and energy on them.
The main thing in playing the guitar is technique.
Technique is just a means for creating a musical image, for the embodiment of an idea. It must correspond to the ultimate goal. If you focus only on technology, then the question arises about the content of music. Does the performer understand what and why he wants to play at all? Will the techniques help him express himself with music? Sometimes it is possible to impress others and with the help of uncomplicated chords.
Acoustic guitar requires nylon strings.
This statement turns out to be very critical if a person is going to learn how to play rock or like a “metallic” sound. Nylon strings will be needed except for children under the age of 11, which is hard to press the strings. The rest do not need to start learning with nylon strings, they may well come up and metal. Their rigidity in literacy training is not a problem.
It’s impossible to learn to play the guitar with a bad ear.
“Bad” hearing is a relative term. There is a rumor among all people, but it is different in different ways. For playing the guitar, and in general on a musical instrument, special natural talents are not needed. Good hearing is needed if a person plans to play in a musical group, play a melody by ear, and improvise. Such talents are useful, but not at all necessary. A guitar is not a violin for which hearing is still needed.
You can not play without special abilities on the guitar.
To play the guitar on an average level, anyone can, there is no need for special learning abilities or talents. They will be required already for a professional musical career. Abilities will affect the learning process itself, improving it, but this is not a decisive factor. Even the bears managed to learn to ride a bicycle. The mind and speed of mastering the material are important, the main thing is the desire for result.
You must sing with a guitar.
Guitar today received two variants of its manifestation: bardic and musical. For a long time people have already learned to sing with a guitar, it turned out to be better than just reciting poems. Over time, words began to be imposed on the music, among the instruments suitable for the performance of the songs was a guitar. So there were bards – poets, who transmit poems with the help of songs. Gradually the guitar became more and more popular as a tool for accompaniment. Unfortunately, it is not very popular today as an independent tool. Until the beginning of the XIX century it performed independent music compositions except in Spain and Latin America. But even there the guitar was considered rather a pleasure instrument, rather than serious for the performance of classics. But thanks to such artists as Andres Segovia, the guitar still managed to make itself known. This instrument is specific, on which it is possible to perform both romances and classics. And the myth that one must necessarily sing to a guitar originated from the classical image of a guitar, the accompanist’s instrument. Even today, on the stage, few of the musicians or groups do without the guitar, and this myth has formed. But on the instrument this can perform works of any genre, not necessarily while singing.
Start learning better with a cheap guitar.
Many people decide to save on their first instrument, but this is an erroneous approach. It seems logical to first buy a cheap guitar, and then, if necessary, already and more expensive.Here only inexpensive tools are created from poor-quality simple materials, which leads to a disgusting sound. There is a guitars also such a thing as the convenience of the game. It is determined by the height of the strings above the frets, the serviceability of the neck, the deck. If you start playing on an awkward instrument with a bad sound – all the desire to learn more will be lost. If the guitar is initially of high quality, comfortable, with a good sound, then it will go into hand. If you want to really learn something better not to save and immediately get yourself a good tool. Naturally, expensive models do not need to be purchased, a well-proven medium variant is also suitable. This will make learning enjoyable. Those who are not yet fully versed in playing the guitar, it is better to call for help someone who knows. It should be really a professional, not a neighbor who has mastered three blatant chords. In large cities it is not difficult to find a specialist who will advise which option to choose. It’s worth spending money on playing a real guitar, not on cheap hand-made articles.
The electric guitar is better than classical or acoustics.
This statement hides two myths at once. Acoustics may include an acoustic guitar with metal strings for singing songs or a guitar that is unable to produce a characteristic electric sound, be connected to speakers. But under the second description falls and the classical guitar, and the first, with metal strings. Owning an electric guitar has a certain skill, he will obviously play better than a connoisseur of only three chords. But the performers of the bardic song have their own difficulties. Author’s vocal song is not so simple. On acoustics, you can play a blues that the electric guitar did not even dream about. The electric guitar and the usual guitar are absolutely different instruments that you should not compare. They do not have the same sound extraction methods, and the destination. How can you compare them then?
It’s better to learn guitar playing from a titled performer.
Do not chase laureate titles from the teacher. Schools often refuse to do it at all. No one questions the knowledge and skills of these people, but this is by no means the main thing. The teacher should not only know a lot, but also be able to explain this clearly to his ward. The process of learning should not become monotonous and heavy, a friendly atmosphere should develop. The teacher himself becomes not a strict teacher, but a senior companion inspired by a common goal. That is why young people often take the role of a teacher, who is able to adapt to the required style of communication with students.
Learning to play the guitar is better at an early age.
Adult students clearly demonstrate the falsity of such a statement. You can start learning how to play the guitar at any age, you just need to be confident. People in the classroom are united not by life experience, but by love for music. Many people only after 30 years realize that it would be nice to get acquainted with the guitar, but among the students there are 50 and 60-year-olds! Why not give up restraint and not go to the introductory lesson?
Before you start learning to play the guitar, you need to learn the musical notation.
For some reason, many do not understand that music existed in people’s lives long before the notes were invented. Their people have created to share their works and communicate to each other. But reading notes is not the only way to create music. Most blues and rock guitarists do not use traditional means at all, but that does not make their music worse. The main thing is to feel it by ear, then it will be possible to select the melody you like without notes.
Children learn faster than adults.
This myth may be true in other areas, but not in music. Everything depends on the degree of motivation and on the time being given. Usually, children have more, because adults have work, family, hobbies. Adolescents and adults are still trained in practice more quickly if they are sufficiently motivated and organized.
Long, thin fingers are required to play the guitar.
Most famous professional guitarists do not have long, thin fingers at all. This is not so important, the main thing is that there are five. Some people go to play the guitar even with injuries and after fractures. This teacher will help develop the required technique of the game, regardless of the types of fingers.
Guitar training will kill your own unique musical style.
Any person already has his own style, which is so easy not to change. And this happens regardless of the level of the guitar. The tone of the voice in conversation, favorite words and expressions are our own music, which depends only on ourselves and makes us unique. It’s the same with playing the guitar. You can try playing your favorite note melody after note, but the sound will depend on how we perceive it. Different people in their own way pay attention to things, exactly the same happens with music. Even if you try to imitate a guitar with a style or a favorite song, there is no chance of accurately reproducing it. Even advanced masters can not achieve this. Therefore, even if someone learns to play the guitar, his own style will remain. Most successful performers believe that it is necessary to meet with the maximum number of people, because this will give additional ideas and will allow to grow and develop.
It is better to play with your fingers and do not use a mediator.
This question has to do with pure psychology. It is clear that the fingers are an understandable and native part of the body, in contrast to an extraneous object. On the other hand, the mediator helps to achieve a clear and vivid sound. It is best to make friends with him and use it actively.
You can play on a frustrated guitar.
This mistake is often tolerated by beginning guitarists. They either forget to set up their tool, or they are lazy to do it. But the upset guitar seriously affects learning. It worsens the hearing and spoils the impression of the game. So before the game it is worth checking your guitar.
Singing should be quieter than the sounds of the guitar.
Those who have already learned and sing and play at the same time make a mistake. They try to make the guitar sound louder than the voice. But you should not do this – it looks ridiculous. In this case, the guitar accompanies the performer, not he to her.
You can not warm up before the game.
Few of the newcomers know that hands must be kneaded before playing the guitar, it seems optional. But here lies a serious mistake. The guitar is quite capable to cause sharp pain to fingers that it is possible to avoid simple warm-up.
The tree does not influence the sound of the guitar – it all depends on the strings.
Such a myth is spread by theorists who are unable to hear the nuances of sound. But it turns out that a guitar made of cardboard will sound exactly the same as an elite tool of Paul Reed Smith, if both there and there will be the same sensors and strings. That’s just the vibrations from the strings go just on the body of the guitar, on the very tree. And it’s easy to feel if you take a note, and then touch the deck and feel the fretting of the neck. The oscillations will go over the entire instrument. So the sound characteristics of the deck will be affected by numerous factors: the type of wood, the shape of the hull and even the varnish. Each deck will have its own frequency response. One instrument will be able to carry out low frequencies, but it will cut the bottom, the other – vice versa. It is logical that the pickups not only remove the vibrations of the strings. They fluctuate themselves, influencing the signal. The sound is ultimately influenced by the body, the neck, and its attachment. Any part of the guitar is involved in the oscillation of the whole system.
New guitars are worse than old ones.
There is a widespread opinion that earlier all objects were made better and better, including guitars. It seems that in the past years a special tree was used to make the instrument, in time it could dry up, play out and improve its qualities. There is some part of the truth in this.Over the years, instruments do start to sound different. It is interesting that this relates to time intervals, not only in the years, but even in the months. You can play a few months on the guitar, and it opens, sounds as possible for its design. In this case, the tool must be made of good wood, be of high quality. If initially the guitar is cheap, then after decades it will not improve its quality. It seems improbable for some that in the 60’s and 70’s they produced substandard tools. Some of them are unpleasantly striking. And among the new guitars there are those who head out on the well-deserved “veterans”. But the price of such products is just comparable to the cost of rarities.