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How to Learn Guitar Quickly

Simple Steps to Learn Guitar Efficiently

You are driving down the road and you hear one of your favorite songs. Once again, the guitar solo ignites your passion, but this time, it’s different. You decide that - once and for all - you are going to start learning to play that guitar sitting in your living room. At the same time, you have a great deal of trepidation. Doesn’t it take months, or even years, to learn to play?

strumming guitar chords

Strumming guitar chords

You are not alone. Most guitarists who have reached the pinnacle have done so only after years of hard work. But you might be surprised to discover how quickly you can learn some basic chords and begin to strum along to songs you enjoy. The important thing is to begin with a few basic concepts.

Be Passionate

No great artist has risen to the top without having a passion for their work. Take an honest assessment of yourself. Why do you really want to do this? Does the idea of playing in front of an audience or hearing a recording of your own playing excite you? Terrific! Are you trying to impress that guy or gal you have a crush on? (No shame there; many is the successful musician who was initially inspired that way.) Or maybe you simply want to play for the sake of playing. That’s great! Find your reason. If you can find passion for learning guitar, the momentum it causes will keep you going at times that others would peter out and give up.

Be Properly Progressive

One of the biggest mistakes a new guitarist can make is trying to begin at an advanced level. You simply cannot be an Andres Segovia or a Joe Satriani in a week. Even the most advanced players build their musicianship on a strong foundation of the basics. For now, forget about trying to do a Ritchie Blackmore solo. Your first, most important lesson may simply be the proper way to hold your guitar, proper handling of a pick, and proper finger placement on the strings. Only then should you progress to a few basic chords and then take it step by step. This may seem like the slow way to learn, but it is actually faster than having to “unlearn” bad habits that would end up hindering you. For this, and many other reasons, it is best to get lessons from someone right from the beginning. Most music stores offer lessons or can make a recommendation for a good instructor.

Here’s another suggestion: Once you have mastered a few chords, learn a few songs with simple chord progressions. In the beginning, easy is better because each time you master a song, no matter how basic, it will fuel your passion to keep going.

Be Patient and Persistent

Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time and effort to become a proficient player. What’s more, everyone learns at his or her own pace. Be gentle and kind with yourself. At the same time, don’t buy into your own baloney! Only you really know if you’re putting in an honest effort. If you are not, it’s a poor idea to make excuses. Pick yourself up and keep going. You are worth it.

The fastest way to learn the guitar (or indeed, any musical instrument) is to start with the basics and practice daily. Be open to learning and you will be surprised how quickly you can become a good player.

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