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Do You have what it Takes to Play the Guitar?

Bob Pardue Pardue

What does it take to learn to play guitar?

Playing the guitar is a great way to express yourself through music. If you feel a strong urge to learn to play the guitar, here`s a quick self-test to determine if you`re ready to take this giant step.

Test Mind and Body

Before signing on for guitar lessons, test your mind and body. Your mind should be clear to learn. Learning to play the guitar is like learning any other skill. You must have some free time to dedicate solely to learning - even if it`s only 15 minutes per day. This should be a time of total concentration when you can block out the cares of work and life to work on your lessons and practice.

Physical Health and Playing the Guitar

Your body`s physical health is also important. Playing the guitar requires holding a guitar in an upright position, either resting on your legs or held upright

Also, consider the physical condition of your hands, fingers and wrists. Some conditions that could hinder your playing ability include arthritis, carpal tunnel or frequent swelling of the wrists or fingers.

It`s Still Possible

Even if you have a condition that makes it difficult to play a guitar, this doesn`t mean you will never play. You can research online or talk with a professional instructor to find out if there are ways to work around your disability or physical weakness. For example, if you have back pain, you might find a lightweight guitar that`s easy to hold. Or, if you have swelling or pain in the hands, there may be exercises to help relieve the tension. Don`t give up until you`ve done the research.

The Relevance of Musical Talent

If you have natural musical talent, that`s great. However, if you don`t feel that you are naturally talented, don`t worry. You only need the desire to learn and the ability to listen, read and practice. You learn to play the guitar

Questions to Ask

After considering the above, answer these questions to determine your readiness to learn playing the guitar.

1) Do you have a strong desire to play the guitar?

2) Why do you want to learn to play the guitar?

3) Do you want to learn to read music or play the guitar 4) Is a guitar instructor available where you live?

5) If an instructor is not available, are you willing to learn using an online guitar course?

6) Once your guitar lessons begin, are you willing to practice at least fifteen to thirty minutes per day, five to six days a week?

7) Do you have the money to invest in a guitar?

Your answers to these questions should help you determine if you`re ready to learn how to play the guitar.

You`re only lessons away from playing great guitar music!

Bob Pardue is owner of the site for reading music called Music Playground. You can view his other music articles

Underrated guitar hero sees the bright lights

Evening Standard (London) , Jan 27, 2006 by CHRIS ELWELL-SUTTON

Richard Thompson

Barbican Hall .

A NORMALLY sedentary Barbican crowd was brought to its feet last night at the close of a two-hour excursion through a huge body of work by an underrated artist whose fabled guitar skills often obscure the fact that he is one of the world`s great singer/ songwriters.

Despite the reverence in which he is held in folk circles and among guitar lovers of all persuasions, Richard Thompson`s onstage persona is disarmingly modest, self-effacing and approachable. Requests and audience participation were encouraged, especially during his more light-hearted compositions such as Got The Hots for the Smarts, which raised chuckles as he sang in his unique faux- Celtic accent of his love for a woman who "likes to be goosed/While reciting from Proust".

Any sense of irritation at the inclusion of such songs - which are hardly on a par with rocky classics such as I Feel So Good and his encore, the beautiful Beeswing - was short-lived. One of the great strengths of the singer, who first found fame in his teens as a member of Sixties folk rockers, Fairport Convention, is his ability to switch effortlessly from silly to serious.

"Like so many of my songs, this one is unbelievably depressing," he deadpanned, to the crowd`s delight, before launching into the tragic tale of love and death that is 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.

Accompanied for most of the show by the UK`s top acoustic bassist, Danny Thompson (no relation), he played this song alone, displaying the most jawdroppingly brilliant guitar work I have ever witnessed, banging out intricate, high-speed solos while simultaneously doing the job of a good rhythm guitarist on the lower strings. As he prepares to release a hotly anticipated five-CD box set, Thompson can rest assured that he has done justice to a glorious back catalogue.

(c)2006. Associated Newspapers Ltd.. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved.

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