Words of Advice from Andy

-After you start playing on a regular basis, you may begin to find calices and blisters on your hands and fingers, but stick it out. Your hands will get tougher over time and the pain will go away. Keep in mind that playing electric guitar is easier on the fingers than acoustic guitars because the strings are small in diameter. Another option is to play a nylon string guitar (these are mostly classical guitars). Nylon does far less damage to your hands than the steel strings found on acoustic guitars. However, if you switch you a classical guitar, you may face more problems because of their wide necks.

-"The guitar is one of those things that you get better at the more you practice," said Andy. “So, play as often as you can.”

-Soloing: Start learning as many scales as you can, and practice increasing the speed you play them. Scales are one of the elements of music that allow musicians to solo. Eventually, you become comfortable moving up and down the neck of the guitar and can remember the sound of different notes. Guitar players also use something called “licks,” or a series of notes that sound good together. Andy Advices those interested in soloing to start listening to guitar players they enjoy so they can pick up on their patterns (licks) and eventually use pieces to make their own."

-Try to be around guitar players that are better than you. They'll motivate you to be more competitive in your guitar playing, and teach you tricks.

-Lessons are not needed to learn to play guitar, said Andy. There are several places online to teach yourself to play guitar. Many Web sites that have guitar tabs, also have written lessons and YouTube has thousands of people sharing what they know about playing guitar.