Step 2. Exercise your tense fingers. Stretch it. Wiggle it. Relax it. A tense hand would add up to a tense musician. You must learn the art of changing notes and strings in a speed that will blend with the song whenever a new melody comes in. To increase the shifting agility and strength, practice on the easier notes before proceeding with the tough ones.
Step 3. Learn the chords. Begin with the basic easy ones. Don’t bother yourself too much on chords that requires you to use a bar or all five fingers. That would put so much stress on your part. Some of the easiest and widely used chords are A, A minor, A major, C, C minor, C major, D, D minor, D major, E, E minor, E major, F, F major, G and G major.
Step 4. Work on those strumming patterns. The tip on being able to catch up on the melody is to listen to the song first. Never advance to your style without knowing the basic. It might turn out hideous and instead of producing music, it will turn out as a noise. Strumming is considered easier than plucking. A sequence of “up, down, up, up, down, up” might be easier to remember.
Step 5. Practice! Practice! Practice! Stay focused on your goal. You don’t have any intention of producing a perfect outcome. What is most important is being able to play and have fun. Relax yourself. If your fingers are growing blisters and your hands are surrendering to a sore, rest it. Don’t wait till drops of blood comes out of it.