Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a musical genius to learn guitar. In fact, even if you’ve never played an instrument before, you can still be successful with some basic instruction and a lot of practice. However, the sooner you start learning the basics of guitar, the easier it will be down the road. So if you’re interested in picking up the guitar as an instrument, here’s what you need to know.
Many people have the desire to start playing the guitar and creating their own songs. I’ll outline a fundamental “guitar practice theory and method” for getting started in the section below. This strategy works. I know this because we’ve helped over 600,000 students breakthrough on guitar.
WHAT HOLDS MOST PEOPLE BACK WHEN LEARNING GUITAR?
Before picking up a guitar and starting to learn how to play it, most people have a number of misconceptions about the challenge level it takes to become a guitarist. Several of those presumptions are listed below.
- I need to learn how to read music in order to play the guitar
- I am too old to begin learning how to play the guitar
- I have no musical talent and have never been a very “musical” person
- It takes way too much time and effort to learn the guitar
- I should have started years ago.
- I don’t know where to start learning guitar
If you had any of the those beliefs, you could not be more mistaken. Learning guitar is much simpler than you can imagine. Just the right strategy is needed and teacher is needed.
HOW TIME AND PATIENCE CAN HELP YOU LEARN GUITAR
Learning to play the guitar involves teaching your fingers new movements and shapes that they don’t usually do. Once you do that it becomes much easier. You may train your fingers to memorize a set of shapes by dedicating an hour or two a day.
Start with each day’s practice by spending only 15 minutes on the instrument. Do it daily, though. After two weeks, increase the length to 30 minutes, six days a week. then continue using that strategy for three months.
You will be able to play a limited number of chords and a few tunes after the first five hours of playing the guitar. Next, increase your practice period to 45 minutes. Work on another five-hour chunk with the instrument five days a week.
The learning process can take hold with just a little time commitment and patience on your part. Putting in those initial 10 hours is the objective. When you put that behind you, your playing will truly start to grow.
MOTIVATION WHILE LEARNING GUITAR
Those who master the fundamentals of the guitar (after putting in the initial 10 hours of practice) adore playing the instrument. Many people will say that learning to play the guitar was one of the most significant and meaningful decisions they’ve ever made when they reflect on the choices they’ve made that have altered their lives the most.
BENEFITS OF LEARNING GUITAR: Developing a musical talent
- A worthwhile approach to “unplug” and unwind that is also productive.
- It’s like learning a new language as you join a group of musicians who want to jam, sing, write, and perform.
- Regardless of your gender, ethnicity, creed, or color, you will become more attractive to others.
- The joy of listening to music will increase as you start to analyze music and get an understanding of its inner workings. (You’ll eventually begin to create your own.)
- Additionally, after mastering your guitar as an instrument, all the instruments you learn afterward will be easier.
How to play lead guitar by feel…
It takes roughly 20 minutes to learn the essential skills required to play the guitar. This information is made up of FIVE various finger shapes that you must first remember and then learn to feel. The first five of these chord shapes are listed below (the “G Major,” “D Major,” “C Major” “A Minor” and “E Minor” chords).
The “G Major Chord”
The next important chord to learn is the “D Major.”
The “D Major Chord”
Our third chord type is the “C Major” chord.
The “C Major Chord”
Our fourth chord type is the “A Minor” chord.
The “A Minor Chord”
Our fifth chord type is the “E Minor” chord.
The “E Minor Chord”
WHAT SONGS SHOULD I LEARN ON GUITAR
We’ve compiled a short list of 10 songs that beginner guitar players can learn. Now that you the 5 basic chords we’ve taught you above you now will be able to play the songs below on your guitar.
“Marry You” (Bruno Mars) D-Em-G
“New Flame” (Chris Brown) C-Am-G
“Lucky Man” (Emerson Lake and Palmer) G-D-Am
“Leaving on a Jet Plane” (John Denver) G-C-D
“Ring of Fire” (Johnny Cash) G-C-D
“Release” (Pearl Jam) G-C-D
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Bob Dylan) G-C-D-Am
“What’s Up” (4 Non-Blondes) G-Am-C-G
“Lively Up Yourself” (Bob Marley) D-G
“Bottoms Up” (Brantley Gilbert) Em-C-D
Pick your own tempo Tap BPM Metronome
You don’t need any prior musical talent or experience to learn how to play the guitar. In fact, you can be a complete beginner and start seeing results in as little as 15 minutes a day by using our simple chords. You must set aside the time, practice self-compassion, and master the first five chord shapes.
Use those chords after that. Use songs to train yourself to switch between them. Make every effort to learn the chord changes quickly enough to be able to play along with the original recordings.
It’s time to increase your skill on the guitar once you master the chord changes. Check out my “Rhythm Guitar Made Easy” where we walk you through guided step-by-step training on how to master Rhythm Guitar.
Guitar playing is enjoyable and incredibly gratifying. The best part is that anyone can play if they put their mind to it. Start small and gradually increase your workload into you’re completely comfortable with guitar. Start learning today and see just how easy it is to play guitar!