#1- Bad Guitar.
#2- Bad Instructional Materials.
#3- No Tuner.
#4- No Teacher.
#5- Practicing Too Little.
#6- Practicing Too Much.
#7- Practicing Too Fast.
#8- Expecting Too Much At The Beginning.
#9- Storing Your Guitar in a Case.
#10- Giving Up.
I’ve been teaching guitar for more than 20 years. One thing I’ve noticed is that most instructional materials for beginning guitarists leave out a lot of crucial information. For instance, how to tune. Not what notes to tune it to, but the actual process of tuning. You can’t play well if your guitar is out of tune.
Oops, a string broke! How do I change strings? What if the chord doesn’t sound right? How can I fix it? How to Play Guitar; The Ultimate Beginners Guide has answers these questions and many more. It also has videos that expand on and demonstrate the ideas in the text. It’s the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide because if the answer to your problem isn’t in it, you can email me and ask. I’ll add that information to the book and your Kindle copy will be automatically updated for free with the next edition.
Ben Brown has a Bachelors of Music Education from Morehead State University, and a Masters in Music Education. He has 15 years of experience teaching high school, and he has taught privately for more than a decade. He’s played in many bands over the last 34 years, including White Johnny and the Spine Poodles (Prog-punk), East 60 (Alt-country), Whisper Garden (Darkly Literary Blues), Fuego Latino (Latin Explosion), Trouble (Western Swing) and Caribbean Blues (Island). He also has played in the usual variety and Top 40 dance bands. Currently he performs solo, but he is intent on meeting musicians and forming a new band in central Wyoming. When not managing MoreThanGuitar.com, he writes and records songs, plays gigs, teaches guitar, bass and voice at the Mammoth Music, and rides his American Quarter Horse Thunder (not all at the same time).