Do you find it really hard sometimes to learn some Blues songs on your guitar? Even when you are able to learn something, it still takes you a lot of time while for some people it tends to be a lot more different. Why can some people, who are also beginners, learn the same songs that you are learning a lot faster than you can? What are they doing differently? There’s always a right and a wrong way of doing things.
Like I’ve said, there’s a right and a wrong way of doing things. If it’s taking you so long to learn a particular song on your guitar, then maybe you are doing something wrong. Here’s how I believe you should learn guitar songs (this does not apply to only Blues songs, but to any other music genres as well):
1. There are thousands, if not millions of songs that exist in this world. Like everybody else, there has to be some songs that you absolutely love and some others that you really really hate. That’s normal, but what I need you to do though is this; on a little piece of paper, take your pen and write down a list of 10 songs that you enjoy listening to. They don’t have to be your personal selection of the 10 best songs of all time but instead, just some regular songs that you really enjoy listening to.
2. Once you’ve written them down, now go do some research on them, go find out what guitar chords do they consist of? Out of the 10 ones, some will be very easy to learn, consisting of only 4 – 5 chords while some harder ones will consist of 8 – 10 different chord progressions. Websites like ultimate-guitar(dot)com, chords(dot)com and 911tabs(dot)com can be very helpful. Once you’ve done your research, re-arrange your list of songs in a descending order, that is “easiest” song to learn will have be first on the list, down to the “hardest” song to learn last on the list.
3. Now that you have your 10 songs written down in order on your piece of paper, it’s time for you to get to work. If you’ve been playing for quite some time now, then you must probably already know some of the basic chords that exist. This should be enough for you to learn the first (easiest) song on your list. Learn that song well and spend as much time as possible on it until you know it completely. Don’t move on to another song after learning just half of this one! Learn it COMPLETELY first, then you move on to another one.
4. Once you’ve finished learning your first song on your list, move on to the other one. If you are finding it hard to learn the songs on your list or it’s taking you more than 1 week to learn each one of them, then the songs that you’ve chosen are a bit too difficult. In this case, what I would advise you to do is to create another list but this time, go find some songs that are easy to play and that you like as well. Learning songs on your guitar has to be quick and enjoyable at the same time. It is extremely important that you create a list of the songs you want to learn though, as it will always remind you that you HAVE to finish the songs on your list before you can move on to something else.
5. Don’t forget to practice a lot! There’s a saying that goes like that; Practice Makes Perfect, and that is so true! Practice everyday and see how quickly your guitar skills will improve. And also, when you finish learning about 5 – 6 songs on your list, do go back and practice the first few ones again, just to make sure that you still remember them.
That’s it! I hope you’ll find many of the tips written above to be very useful. Apply them and I’m sure you will see some great results in no time! Besides this, if you are looking for a way to speed up your progress even faster, then I might have something for you. It’s a very special tool that you can use while learning songs that will hugely boost your learning process. Believe me, you don’t want to miss out on that one, so keep reading!