The 7 Most Common Beginner Mistakes on Guitar

Many people start off learning to play the guitar with a lot of bad ideas already in place. In this short lesson, Colin Daniel will address 7 of the most common mistakes that beginners make on the guitar.

Keep in mind that his list is drawn up from the experience of having taught over 5000 students one on one over the past 40 years… if there’s a common mistake that beginners make, Colin has definitely encountered it!

The list might surprise you though, because they have more to do about mindset and your overall approach to the guitar, rather than things like “using your second finger instead of your first finger on a ___ chord” or specifics of that nature.

So, with that said, take a few minutes, watch Colin’s lesson, and then examine your own playing habits to see if you’re making any of the common beginner mistakes that he mentions.

If you’d like to learn more about Colin’s beginner course, please click here.

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John Conti - October 22, 2013 Reply

Hey Colin, thanks. I’m an older beginner, and those fundamentals make a big difference, good habits make you less tired and less frustrated.

    Karissa Graham - July 1, 2014 Reply

    How long have you been playing? I’m just starting out.:)

guitar 1952 - October 22, 2013 Reply

Excellent video! I keep watchin them. Thanks a bunch.

Bernie Most - October 22, 2013 Reply

Excellent advice. I’d never heard of the ills of pressing down too hard. Now, about that 1 hour a day of practice – that’s what I really need to work on. Thanks very much.

Michael Adewunmi - October 22, 2013 Reply

Hey collin. Nice video….actually i never knew pressing the string with too much pressur is a mistake……a very nice video here….. pls i got a lil problem….. i wanna start learning solo on the guitar…..i wanna learn it extensively…….ive browsed thru ur guitar videos bt dont know d package to order for…..pls i ll be glad if u can help me wit that…….pls which package shuld i order for…..thanks

    Jonathan Boettcher - October 22, 2013 Reply

    Hi Michael, are you just starting on the guitar, or have you been playing for a while? If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend Colin’s Beginner course as an excellent foundation…

      Michael Adewunmi - October 23, 2013 Reply

      Hmmm… Nope….ive played for a while now.now….a crawling crawling 3yrs on chords.chords….. Bt nothinh on solo yet except the littlr junks i see online …… Bt now i want to start soloin very well n master my fretboard on soloing….. I really wanna know it extensively FROM THE SCRATCH OF SOLO.SOLO……. So what package cn i go for?? …… And thanks for the quick response ……thats really nice of yu…..

        RiffNinja - October 30, 2013 Reply

        Well, his Guitar Improvising Secrets would help in that direction, though it is not a complete, from scratch, learning how to solo course either. I’d also recommend my Guitar Scale Patterns course…

Karissa Graham - July 1, 2014 Reply

Hey thanks so much for all of the pointers.I’m just starting out with an acoustic guitar and TRYING to teach myself. My family and I are great participants in the arts I play flute and sing in choir,my oldest sister plays saxophone,clarinet,piano,writes stories and is going to college to be a major in music,my mom plays the piano and sings,and finally last but not least one of my other sisters sings in the school choir. I just wanted to say music has always been a part of my life thanks for being a great teacher even though I’ve never met you.

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