10 mistakes every beginner guitarist makes

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Learning to play the guitar can mark the start of a journey that has the potential to lead down many different paths. For most of us, it’s the beginning of a lifetime hobby – something that brings us joy, happiness and a sense of achievement. It could help you travel and see the world, and meet people you otherwise might not. It might even lead to a career in music. 

However, before you go down any of these paths, it’s important that you get a few things down – practice, technique and the desire to play the guitar are crucial to it actually going anywhere. 

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.