How I Learned to Play Guitar

One of my online students asked me how I learned to play the guitar, and I thought this would make a nice post for all to read. It might motivate you, it might set you off, but anyhow, it will show you one thing most importantly: if I could do it, you can too. I was not born with a guitar in my hand, and I am not even very talented. I just loved it from the start, and stuck with it.

My Guitar Story

My Guitar Story

You see, anybody can learn to play the guitar. Be it, there are super talented guitarists, but unfortunately I am not one of them. If I was, you'd be watching me on MTV being harassed by hundreds of girls, not writing on my laptop 🙂

Ok, no more fantasizing, here is my guitar story...

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Learn Guitar by Learning Easy Songs

As a guitar instructor, a lot of people are extremely surprised after they discover how I learned to play the guitar. I am a living example and proof of the fact that it is possible to learn to play the guitar, without needing a private guitar teacher. If I could do it, anybody can, all it takes is dedication and work, and you'll be playing easy guitar songs in no time at all.

Learning Guitar

Learning Guitar

I have been playing the guitar for roughly 15 years now, and true, I did possess a musical background already, because I already played the piano as well as the trumpet. Even so, the guitar is completely unique, so even though I already knew how to read music, I had to train myself the guitar essentially from scratch. Plus it was not as easy back than, as it is today.

The Internet offers an overwhelming quantity of info on any topic, as well as guitar lessons. Lots of newbie guitar players type the phrase guitar instruction into Bing or Yahoo, and don't know how to proceed with the 10 million results the search engines provide them with. This is really a negative part of learning guitar on the internet, since beginners will usually go from one web page to the next, without actually learning anything.

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Beginner chord learning tips

Chords are vital to playing guitar, and they can be a bit of a struggle learning at first. No need to worry though, it'll get super easy with time, all it takes is practice.

Of course, practicing the right way is key in shortening the learning curve, so here are some chord learning tips to help you teach yourself any given guitar chord you're having trouble with. Also, watch this video lesson on chords, and read this article on the most important beginner chords.

So here we go, this is a proven process tried and tested with many of my live students. Grab your guitar, and let's do it!

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5 Most Watched Lessons – March 2018

top 5 guitar song lessonsHey guys, welcome back to another edition of my monthly report on the 5 most popular song lessons on TheGuitarLesson.com. I like to share this report with you guys, because I hope it will motivate you to learn & play more songs, the songs your peers are playing to be exact.

Springtime is here, and welcome it is. It's been a long and hard winter in most parts of the world, so everyone can use a bit of sun and heat. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining. What a great season!

You will probably start going outdoors more, which usually translates into less practice time on your guitar. I would really encourage you to buy a cheap acoustic guitar, and take it with you. Are you going camping? To the beach? Over to a friends house for a barbecue? Take your cheap travelers guitar with you, learn a few campfire songs, and strum away 🙂

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Green Day Guitar Lessons

I decided to include several Green Day guitar lessons on our site because of 2 reasons. Firstly, their music is easy to learn by beginners who like the genre, and secondly, they were one of my favorite punk bands from my younger years. I actually met them at a festival in Europe, and got to hang out with them (and their BIG Philippine bodyguard, Tiny).

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Green Day was formed in 1987, and interestingly enough, only released 8 studio albums. The most popular of their albums (based on chart rankings) is 21st Century Breakdown, which is available on vinyl as well, for all hard core punk fans. They've won tons of awards, with most of their albums having gone multiple platinum, so I think it's safe to say that while you learn to play Green Day guitar songs, you're not only advancing your technique, but making great music at the same time.

If you want to learn songs from the band, check out some of our Green Day guitar lesson videos:

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New Guitar Lesson: Rumble by Link Wray

Rumble is a real oldie-but-goodie! It was actually one of the first songs to experiment with distortion, which would sort of make it a history shaping song I guess...

Our guitar lesson on Rumble will teach you how to play this awesome song, just like Link plays it with His Wray Men. It is very easy, thereby perfectly suitable for beginners.

Rumble Guitar Lesson - Link Wray

Click above to learn to play Rumble

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Learning Barre Chords

Learning barre (bar) chords is the first major hurdle beginner guitarists must overcome, and as with everything guitar related, it takes practice and time. I usually recommend learning everything on the steel string acoustic first, since if you can play on that, than you'll be able to play it on electric and nylon string as well.

Barre (bar) chords

Barre (bar) chords

BUT barre chords are a bit different, since they are really tough at first, and many beginners actually quit when they reach barre chords. So if you get frustrated with it on the acoustic, by all means, practice on your electric or nylon string guitars, it'll be a lot easier, but you may have difficulties holding barre chords afterwards on the steel string acoustic.

Now as for learning barre chords, it's a 2 step process:

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Teach Yourself Visually: Guitar

I just came across this book called Teach Yourself Visually - Guitar, which is a book that is supposed to help absolute beginners learn to play the guitar. I read around a little and wanted to give my thoughts about it quickly. Just to warn you, that if you are looking to teach yourself guitar from a book, this will not be pretty. If you are looking for the positive aspects of learning guitar from books, just go ahead and hit the Back button now...

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How to Sing and Play Guitar at the Same Time

One of my new students recently asked about singing and playing the guitar at the same time, and noticed that my beginner guitar lessons do not contain any video material on the subject. This is true, I'm sorry to say that I have no singing voice whatsoever, so this subject isn't addressed on the website at all, sorry about that.

Sing and play

Sing and play

I can't say that I will have anything of the sort in the future, since I sound like a seagull with a fever when I try to sing 🙂 I do know a bit about the technique though, and as I've heard from others and having tried myself, it's not the easiest form of making music. You need to be able to totally separate your singing from your guitar playing, a skill which is quite difficult to master. You could maybe compare it to playing the drums, where all 4 of your limbs need to be performing different tasks.

Here is a general guide to singing and playing the guitar simultaneously:

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New lesson: Iris by Goo Goo Dolls

What can make a great movie even better? A great soundtrack of course!

Iris was written by the Goo Goo Dolls specifically to be part of the soundtrack for the movie City of Angels, and well, needless to say it turned out pretty well... 3 Grammy nominations, longest running #1 chart position (18 weeks). That's what Iris achieved.

Iris Guitar Lesson - Goo Goo Dolls

Learn to play Iris from the City of Angels OST

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