Pankaj Saharia, an award-winning structural engineer, understands the importance of finding hobbies that you help you wind down and enjoy yourself. As an avid electric guitar player, Pankaj Saharia knows that there are multiple ways to begin learning, though there are a few tricks that will help regardless of how you choose to go about it, such as the following:
• Aim for a certain amount of practice time each day. While an hour per day is a solid amount, practicing regularly is far more useful for building skill than irregular large chunks of time. Even if it’s only twenty minutes each day, building it into your routine will help you reach your goals more quickly.
• Learning to play the guitar is comprised of both practical and theoretical elements. Practical elements include moving and exercising your fingers, becoming comfortable with the fretboard. Theoretical elements refer to learning to read music and understanding how the fretboard and notes relate to each other. The combination of the two will help you learn more quickly and efficiently, although it may be better in the very beginning to focus more heavily on one element at a time.
• Allow yourself time to play around. While it’s important to dedicate time to learning, it’s important that you take time without any guidance simply to learn through experience and discovery. While less regimented, it’s still incredibly valuable, allowing you to approach music creatively.
Pankaj Saharia lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He is dedicated to serving his community, having founded a scholarship program for high school seniors.