The question lots of people ask me when they start thinking about learning to play guitar is, "How long will it take me?"

Well, it depends on several things, not just how talented you are. Sure, having a talent for music and a good ear will help you achieve results, but in the long run, the guitarist that practices diligently and in the correct way will win over the lazier, yet more "talented" musician. Why?

learn guitarPlaying the guitar will mean learning totally new hand and finger movements, almost like learning to walk. You will need to strengthen hand muscles that you didn't even know existed, and on top of that, you'll have to learn very precise, coordinated finger movements as well. The only way to learn these movement, improve your hand muscle memory, and really progress at playing the guitar, is to practice regularly.

But lets get back to the original question of how long it will take to learn the guitar. Given that you practice regularly, you can reach these stages within the given amount of time:

  • 1-2 months: Play easy guitar songs (changing between and strumming of basic chords, single string plucking songs with not much string jumping, chord arpeggios)
  • 3-6 months: Play a bit more difficult songs, which  require more technical elements. For example, songs requiring easier hammer-ons, pull-offs and other easier lead guitar techniques.
  • 1 year: Play intermediate level songs, including many very popular guitar songs, riffs, blues, and so on. You will probably start getting a more definitive feel for barre chords at around this time as well.
  • 2 years: If you practice enough, you could be playing most songs in 2 years. Of course, you'll need to practice them before you can actually play them, but learning a song at this stage is very quick, as you'll have mastered most technical elements already.
  • 2-3 years: If you learned guitar theory during your guitar journey, you'll be able to improvise on the guitar as well.
  • 5-6 years: You can call yourself an advanced guitarist, you'll be able to play anything you want.
  • 10 years: You'll realize how much you don't know yet, and want to learn even more. Your guitar collection will reach a yearly average of 7-12 guitars.
  • 20+ years: You'll be playing and entertaining others all the time. Out of your 20 guitars, you only play 3, your favorite ones.

The moral of the story is that learning to play the guitar is a never ending process, but getting to an acceptable level, where you will actually start enjoying your music (and won't drive others crazy 🙂 ), can be reached after about 6 months of regular practice.

I would like to emphasize the word REGULAR, i.e. practicing the right things for at least 1 hour every day (or at least most days of the week).

Many beginners pick up their guitar for a couple days, than stop for a week, pick it up again, than give it a rest, and so on. This is usually caused by the fact that learning the guitar won't happen overnight, it takes weeks of practice before you even start getting a hang of how to change chords. It's all part of the learning curve, but unfortunately, many beginners lose their enthusiasm after a very short time. This has always been like this, and always will be.

If you ever get discouraged, remember this...

Once you start learning guitar, you'll find that a few things will seem overly difficult. If you ever get discouraged or stuck at any given point, just remember:

Even the best guitar players were beginners at one time, everyone went through the learning curve. The masters who make it seem so easy, like Eric Clapton, Slash, BB King, Steve Vai were all beginners at one point in time. Yes, they all had to learn the D major chord, and they all sucked at changing chords in the beginning. Who would have thought, right!?

Practice often, practice the right things, and you'll be left with a wonderful hobby that will be yours to keep for life, bringing you, your family and friends countless hours of fun and joy.

A pretty good trade off in my opinion!

How to minimize the time it takes to learn guitar

I've been playing guitar for 20 years now, and have been teaching both private students and online for well over a decade. Over the years, I've talked with countless guitarists who have wasted so much time during their guitar journey.

Do you want to know what 95% of them were doing wrong?

They were either:

  1. Practicing the wrong things or
  2. not practicing enough.

The remaining 5% hadn't bought a guitar yet 😉

Now solving problem #2 is "easy" as long as you don't have 3 kids and a dog named Vanilla. You just have to find the time to practice.

Solving problem #1 isn't hard either, but it isn't evident, especially nowadays. Newbie guitarists are sucked into learning from random videos on YouTube, thus have absolutely no direction. Lots of people literally waste years trying to learn this and that, jumping from one video to the next.

Don't get me wrong though.

There are some great videos on YouTube, but beginners need to have direction, structured lessons to learn guitar as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is key.

Now if you're thinking of learning guitar:

How about you?

If you're a guitarist, it would be great if you would leave a comment on how long it has taken you to learn guitar. It would be valuable info to others just starting out.

If you're a newbie and have a question about this, you can leave a comment below and I'll answer it ASAP.

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      At the beginning, just as much as your fingertips can handle. This might be 10-30 minutes. As you develop calluses, you can increase your practice time. It’s best to aim for 1 hour per day.

      The world won’t collapse if you miss a day. But I wouldn’t miss 2 in a row… You never know 😉

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  1. b.bolt
    b.bolt says:

    Is there any difference in how long it takes to learn the acoustic guitar vs the electric guitar? Are either of them easier to learn?

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  2. Tonda
    Tonda says:

    Hi,
    Thanks a lot for the article, I’m planning to learn Spanish guitar songs which seems a bit harder that regular songs. Any tips for learning Spanish guitar?
    Where to start and how to progress? is it similar to above?
    I just bought my guitar a week ago and practicing 1 hour a day

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  3. Cheese_PuffXx
    Cheese_PuffXx says:

    Hi,

    I love this article. I am 15 years old and am looking to starting a band (As Lead guitar) after 6 months from now with two other begginers, a drummer with some background, and a rythem guitarist who is just starting as well as myself. Is this too soon for a band?

    I am currently using Yousician and thinking about purchasing Rocksmith 2014 edition, as well as using any tabs and youtube videos.

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      You can learn a lot in 6 months if you really put your back into it. Practice as much as you can, and you’ll be great. Playing with others is an awesome feeling, and you’ll see that even as beginners, you’ll advance at a much faster pace, since you (and your fellow band members) will be motivated to show off your chops, and not hold the band back.

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  4. Gerrick
    Gerrick says:

    hello, i am a complete beginner and always wanted to play the guitar, i worked for like 5 months to get money and buy my guitar but i feel like im to old for it (im 21 btw ) so i wanted to ask if i am to old to start or not cause i want to be able to play like my favorite rock songs in 3 to 4 years, well depends on how long it will take me.

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi there, you are definitely not too old to learn guitar. If you want to play like a true professional in 3-4 years, meaning you plan on making a living off of your music, you have to devote a lot of time and effort to learning and mastering every aspect of playing the guitar. This would mean around 4-5 hours of practice per day. Most people don’t plan on making music their livelihood though, so if you just want to have fun, play your favorite songs, than an hour per day is good.

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    • Ak
      Ak says:

      Hello Gerrick,, you are still young (I’m 51 and restarted from scratch a month ago). I did dabble 20 years ago but stopped. I WISHED I didn’t give up then.
      Don’t give up.

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  5. Ben
    Ben says:

    Finally a realistic breakdown on what it REALLY takes in terms of time lines for mastering the guitar! Most of the garbage online shames you into thinking that you can pick up the guitar with zero experience and be playing like a pro in 5 days when the facts are different.

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  6. beena
    beena says:

    This article is very helpful! I just had a question about bar chords. I just bought my guitar literally like 5 days ago. You see my index finger is probably 2.5 inches and currently my fingers aren’t very strong. Is it still possible for me to do bar chords? It seems impossible right now. If it is how long do you say it may take to do so?

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi Beena, after 5 days, you should not be thinking about barre chords just yet. Learn the basics first, that will strengthen your hand and fingers. Afterwards, you can start learning barre chords.
      I’ve never actually measured my index finger before, mine is just over 3 inches, and when I hold a barre chord, there is room on both sides, so I think your finger will be fine.

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  7. Matheus
    Matheus says:

    Hey, how long do you think one should have of knowledge in guitar before adventuring into the realms of prog rock? I’m actually planning on learning guitar to play prog rock but since it’s really difficult I don’t think it’s a good starter… also, could you briefly explain me what’s those “jazz style” ”blues style” ”hard rock style” guitarists? Like, what makes a guitarist have x genre style?

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi, as all other guitarists, you’ll first learn the basics, perfect them, than learn more complicated techniques, perfect those, than you can start specializing in any given genre. You’ll learn a lot along the way about all the different genres.
      The pace of this really depends on how much tim you put into it. Daily practice is key, if you are serious about it.

      To answer your second question, it just means that the given guitarist has specialized in the given style. It won’t mean that that’s all they play, but most of their music will be in that genre.

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  8. Richard Dean
    Richard Dean says:

    Hi, I’m 55yrs ….young, and have been wanting to learn for a good many years, have attempted self teaching without too much success due to seeing real results. I have gotten to the point of just about losing the “fat finger” chord finger placement, I practice on an older wider neck guitar till I got use to it, now on my regular guitar, I seem to be able to place my fingers better.
    Here’s my question, how much practice with each lesson or technique does it usually take before moving to the next lesson/technique? How many times a week and hours each practice is a good progression to stay on tract learning via your approx learning curve ?

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    • Ben
      Ben says:

      I am learning as well and usually if you practice 1-2x a day for an hour daily then if you do good usually 1-2 lessons for next topic based on what I am seeing. I do shorter frequent sessions which help me learn the chords better for example.

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  9. Celeste
    Celeste says:

    Thank you for this article, I know you may not have answers for what I’m about to ask but I would die to be in a metal/hard rock band soon!!! How long will that take me? I played classical guitar when I was 12 – 15 years old just reading sheet music off very simple songs (one string) always using the E, B, G string and have performed throughout my early teens in ensembles, however and I lost interest in playing because there was no support and I wanted to play rock, not classical! I’m 21 now and picked up the guitar for the first time in 6 years and I’ve just learnt all the notes along the fret board but still learning different voicings and such. I’m very frustrated about interval training and learning by ear! No one taught me that but I am working very hard to learn songs by ear. I can play songs from KillSwitch Engage – My Curse and such and I play them as smooth as I can. I just want to know, in your opinion, how long it’ll take me to be able to perform in a serious rock band without looking stupid? So sorry this question is soo annoying but I’m so desperate and frustrated. I want to make it by 22 by I look at all these other people starting off younger. I think I’m too late.

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi Celeste, hard rock is actually one of the easier genres. There are no complicated chord shapes at all, it’s mainly rhythm guitar on power chords, and embellishing riffs in between under heavy distortion. These are plucked fairly fast. This is basically all that’s needed to play rhythm guitar in a hard rock band.
      Of course, you’ll hear super fast solos in hard rock songs as well, but that level takes many years to reach. To be able to play rhythm guitar in a heavy metal band, I would say you need about a year (if you’re serious about it and practice every day of course).
      Don’t worry about your age at all. The only advantage youngsters have is that they have more free time to practice.

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  10. Keaton
    Keaton says:

    Hey,
    I’ve been slowly teaching myself how to play and although I’ve only been playing a few weeks I feel confident. I took lessons when I was younger but quit due to a poor teacher. The last few days I’ve been attempting to learn songs but I end up getting sidetracked and start making my own. Is this a bad thing or a good thing?

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  11. Sahil
    Sahil says:

    Is it possible to learn gutar by taking 2 months coaching and then learn & practice on my own by youtube videos& tutorials.?? Please tell me.

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    • Amelia
      Amelia says:

      I know this might be a little late but yes it is possible, I’m only 13 years old and since May 2017 I’ve been looking at youtube tutorials for begginer guitarists. In half an hour i learned the basic chords, then i moved to the more complex ones (i learned barre chords after practising fingering and moving between chords for nearly a month), then i just started looking at my favourite songs’ chords and just about a month ago i learned to read tabs in a video that lasted three minutes at most. Right now I’m working in power chords, and I’ve never gone to a single guitar lesson ever. So yeah, you can do it 😀

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  12. Steve B
    Steve B says:

    This is an excellent article Tom!

    I played very poorly when I was a kid. Due BTW to lack of proper and regular practice.
    I picked it up again after decades of not playing, and have been playing for about 2.5 years now.

    This time around I followed and still do, a daily routine of real serious practice, theory, running scales, and then noodling around. And man is it paying off.

    If you are new to guitar let me give you this message of hope…

    If you think that you can’t learn to play, or that you can’t learn to play things that seem really complex at the moment, let me assure you that you can, and will. It just takes dedication for the first few months, and then really cool things start happening. And if you are new you may not realize this, but there is a system for how the guitar works, how everything is laid out and connected. The problem is that at first it is completely hidden from everyone. But if you take the time to learn bits theory as you are going along you will have a bunch of ‘Holy Cow’ moments and that big ole mysterious guitar neck will start looking a lot smaller and friendlier to you.

    Lastly, I think that even the boring stuff that you have to do every day like running scales, or learning where all of the notes on the neck are etc., is really not boring at all but rather exciting. You just need to understand why you are doing it and then turn it around in your mind that you are not just say running pentatonic scales you are actually learning awesome lead riffs, because that is where all of that work is leading you!

    I’ve got a long way to go with my playing, but it gets less and less difficult every month to learn new things, and the journey is really fun.

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hey Steve, thanks a lot for your detailed comment! I’m thrilled that people who are actually going through the process are posting here, giving motivation to others. The guitar can be tamed, it just needs some love, time and attention.
      Thanks again!

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      • Juliet
        Juliet says:

        Hi! I’ve been playing guitar for the past 5 months. I sing and write songs as well. I play and sing along. I’ve mastered the G, d/dm, A/am, C/cm, e/em, and f. I’m on the barre chords right now . Please, kindly let me know if I’m on the right time frame or too slow with learning. Thanks. J

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  13. Shubhi Bajoria
    Shubhi Bajoria says:

    Hi!
    I’m 18 years old and I really want to play guitar on one of my friend’s birthday in August. I learnt it a very long time ago and I think I’ve forgotten everything but I don’t know. And I have my final exams in July. How long do you think I would have to practice for playing something in August?

    Thank you.

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi there, if you already knew how to play guitar and you’re 18, it’ll come back quickly. You can definitely play the song in August, just practice every day. I realize that you July final exams means you won’t have much time for anything, but if you want to play the song, you need to find time to practice, there is no way around it.

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  14. lene
    lene says:

    Hi, I am really curious.
    i am 16 years old, I played guitar from Gr 3 to Gr 7 which is approximately 5 years. Then i stopped (which is something I’ll regret for the rest of my life). I am a singer and I write songs too. I can play the piano fairly, and I can find the chords of a song on a piano fairly easy.

    I am now 16 and I started guitar lessons 1 week ago. I practice about 1-2 hours a day.(split up through the day)

    How long will it take me to “get good” again. (I am honestly very musically gifted- so when I learn an instrument I learn pretty fast and I have a good ear too)

    By “Good” i mean : being able to play by ear, being able to play almost every note, being able to pick, and fingerpick, being able to write down music in my head, and being able to play famous songs and being able to figure out their chords fastly.

    I really hope you can help me! I hope this made sense

    Thank You

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi, if you practice for an average of 90 minutes per day AND you practice correctly, meaning you push yourself to learn and master new techniques instead of playing things you already know, you will get to your desired level in about 9-12 months I would say.

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  15. Clara
    Clara says:

    My son is 10 years old and has been getting private lessons for over 2 years. He knows a lot of chords and strumming patterns. He can play picking songs well but I really struggle to hear anything that remotely connects to a song when he strums it. Should it be clear at this stage??

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hmmm. It’s weird that picking songs sound good, but strumming is not. Maybe he has rhythm problems? I can’t really tell without seeing/hearing it. You should definitely discuss this with his teacher.

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  16. Marcos
    Marcos says:

    Here is something that i think will improve our motivation while learning:

    We usually go for songs with chords and rhythms that we already know. We search for tabs and chords of music we like.

    Although this is very good and i do it all the time, I also try to “invent” music with the stuff i already know. The songs I invent are very simple, getting complex as a learn more and more. But there is something very pleasing to make a tune you like. It is an awesome experience.

    If you know A, E and D major and a couple of strums, try to make different combinations of those. Try to strum, or fingering… one day you’ll make a tune that will sound good. And you’ll be very impressed because it is yours!

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  17. Vikas
    Vikas says:

    Hi, very good article. I have been playing guitar for the past 2.5 years. And I would have to agree with everything you said regarding playability. I am at a stage where I can effortlessly switch open and barre chords and play many beginner to intermediate level songs. Now, I am working on determining chords of a song by ear and to sing and play easy songs. Can you please give any suggestions?

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi Vikas, thanks for your comment. The questions you asked are very broad, I could speak about them for a long time, so this comment section isn’t really the place for this. I would suggest you do google searches these topics, there is a lot of material on them.

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  18. Mandy
    Mandy says:

    Hi – you may have answered these questions already, so I apologize in advance if this is redundant. I am interested in learning guitar because I write and sing music, but I have no way of playing them for anyone due to not knowing how to actually play any instruments. I can hear a song play it back on the piano fairly quickly, but I have no formal lessons in the instrument; I am self taught. Guitar, I feel, may be much more difficult to teach myself so I will be investing in lessons so that I get it right 🙂 My main question is, how long til one is generally able to begin writing and playing their own songs on the guitar, and the age old question: what guitar should a beginner really be looking to purchase? I have a few ideas of what I would like, but I know nothing about guitars. I would love any help and advice you could offer.

    Thank you!

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi Mandy,
      If you’re a singer looking to basically accompany yourself on the guitar, than you’ll need an acoustic guitar. Unless you’re a heavy metal singer 🙂
      You’ll need to learn chords and changing in between them, that will take a few months, not long. Singing while playing is the next step, that will take a while to get used to as well. Basically, you’ll need to be at a level where your hands flow from one chord to the next without thinking about them, since your mind will be preoccupied with singing.

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  19. Paulo
    Paulo says:

    Hello, i love the article and i would like to make one question. What steps should i take first to improve my playing since im a bit lost. Start with learn chords only and change between them? Picking exercises? all in once? try songs?

    As im trying to learn alone, sometimes i dont know what to do first.

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  20. Daniel Vianna
    Daniel Vianna says:

    Hi! Nice article, congratulations.

    I do agree with you, practice is everything.

    I’ve just received my Guitar today, I’ve given a try before in the past when I was like, 17 but I give up. Now, with 36 I decided that I am addicted to learn music. After started drumming and having lessons I just realized that I am in love with music and I feel like I want to learn all the instruments…it’s crazy… I am still having the drums classes and my intentions are to start the guitar lessons in the beginning of next year…meanwhile, I’l;l try to do one of those online courses you suggested.

    Apologies if I was too long, just wanted to share my situation 🙂

    All the best and everyone, keep trying and learning!

    Daniel.

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  21. sreedeep
    sreedeep says:

    Hi.. I am a 21 year old. I have no experience in music or singing. But I really want to learn playing guitar. So do you think I can learn paying guitar without any knowledge in music? Will I be able to cope up with it? Waiting to hear from you

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi, yes of course. Anyone can learn music. How quickly and how well you will learn depends only on how much time you dedicate to it, how much you practice.

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  22. sathi jith
    sathi jith says:

    Good article, i am 27 year old and i started to practice Guitar 6 months before and now i have decided to do Grades in Guitar. How many years it will take to complete 8 grades. As well as my question is, if i complete 8 Grade Exams in Guitar mean how my future will be? is there is any possibilities to earn money? Because i am going to invest my time and money on this?… Why i am asking this mean, now a days in many bands they are not using Guitar, they are using Keyboard instead of Guitar, so if i complete Grades in Guitar mean will any opportunities can i see in my life?

    I am waiting for your reply and your Guidance.

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi, sorry but it’s impossible to say whether someone will make money as a musician or not. It doesn’t work like that.
      I know some great musicians that don’t make a dime with their music, and I also know other great musicians that do… Will you? I have no clue.
      If you become really good, you will be able to get gigs playing, that’s for certain.

      As for the time factor, the quickest I’ve ever seen anybody become really-really good is 3 years, but he basically locked himself in his room and practiced 8 hours per day.

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  23. Daniel
    Daniel says:

    Hi, well I am planning to learn how to play a guitar, just trying to play the basic chords. I am kinda having some difficulty in pressing the strings and also it is very much hurting, I feel like my fingers are burning. Also a little difficulty in switching chords. Is there an advice you can give me so that I could use while playing my guitar or are these common for every beginners out there?

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi Daniel,
      These are all things every beginner goes through. Keep at it, keep practicing, and it’ll all get better quickly.

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  24. Faiz
    Faiz says:

    Hello, I am 25 and starting my first class next week. I am a total beginner am i too late to learn? as it was a childhood dream to play guitar but unfortunately could never go for classes and never had the resources to learn. Any advice would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Faiz

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi there, all is good, you can never be too late. If you have the time and dedication to practice, you will become a great guitarist!

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  25. Phil
    Phil says:

    Great article. I think I need to start a support group, but after seeing this article, I might be a lonely group of 1 (+my guitar). I’ve been practicing 2-6 hours a day for the last 6 weeks. All I can think about when I’m not able to practice is getting back on my guitar to practice. It’s becoming an obsession. Having 30+ years of piano hasn’t hurt any progression either. But I’ve started to improvise now too, which is feeding some of the obsession. Thankfully, the family has been encouraging me to practice. However, the wife is getting lonely (I think she is planning to hide my precious..er, I mean my guitar). Maybe you can write an article about obsessive compulsive behavior and guitar?

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hehe, good one Phil 🙂 Our women have to learn to respect our priorities, right?
      Just hope my wife doesn’t read this 😀

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      • Phil
        Phil says:

        That’s right! That’s exactly why I left my lonely guitar at home when we left town to celebrate our anniversary last weekend! Whoops. Oh, well. Guess that’s why we’ve been married over 20 years. It was painful.

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  26. ashen
    ashen says:

    That is exactly me, after learning two years, learning a song is now extremely quick, NICE ARTICLE- shout out loud.

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  27. Luke
    Luke says:

    I have always wanted to learn to play the guitar, just sit down and strum a few cords. I’m not very patient, I would want the playing skill of a 20 years experience in just 6 months. I guess I need to start somewhere when it comes to the guitar.

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    • Dwayne Jenkins
      Dwayne Jenkins says:

      Hi Luke. I’m Dwayne. Nice to meet you. I think we all would like that. To have mastery over something (especially the guitar) in as little of time as possible. But unfortunately it doesn’t work like that with an instrument. I will say this though, if put a little time aside everyday, you’ll be amazed at your progress in a short amount of time if you stay focused.

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  28. Walter
    Walter says:

    Good article 🙂 I’ve been playing for about 7 months now and I’d say my alternate picking and palm muting are very good and I’m getting better at string skipping. I can play some metal riffs, but haven’t tried to learn any whole songs yet. I only know a few chords and like 2 scales. I know you obviously haven’t heard me play, but do you think I’m learning slowly? I just find it boring to learn a whole song, so I usually just learn the main riff and take elements from that into my own playing.

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  29. Cole
    Cole says:

    I am 13 and I am starting guitar lessons next week. Since I was going to start playing guitar my friend asked me if I wanted to start a band with him when I learned how to play so I said yes so me, my cousin, and my good friend are going to start a band, so I was wondering how long it would take before I could start playing good music so thank you for this information, it was very useful. Since I am not really busy I am probably going to start hanging out with my friends less and focus on practicing guitar more.

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    • Dwayne Jenkins
      Dwayne Jenkins says:

      Hi Cole. I’m Dwayne. Nice to meet you. I’m a guitar instructor out of Colorado and think it’s great your getting involved with your friends to start a band, I hope that works out. I believe your on the right track. Spend as much time as you can practicing and really getting to know your guitar. It will pay huge dividends in the future when you start performing in the band. Be sure to set some goals for what you wish to accomplish and stay focused on your end result. Good luck and have fun.

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Ummm, 19? My oldest live student was above 60, and he did great 🙂
      Stop planning to learn, just get a guitar and start playing!

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    • Dwayne Jenkins
      Dwayne Jenkins says:

      Hi Apurva & Tom. I’m Dwayne Jenkins and it’s nice to meet you. Got a great site with some great lessons. I say I agree with you 100% It’s not about age, it’s about the willingness to learn. Which is what’s great about guitar, it can be learned at any age. Young or old.

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  30. robert
    robert says:

    hi tom just read your comments I have been having lessons for last 2/3 years learning 12 bar blues start finish turnaround etc know the major minor diatonic scales etc I feel know I could possibly stop lessons and know enough to be able to teach myself in any thing I wish to learn is this a good idea or am I being arrogant and think I know it all which i definatly know I don’t as ” the more I know , the less I realise I know ” thanks tom

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  31. richie
    richie says:

    I have been playing guitar pretty much everyday now for about a month and half…maybe 7 weeks and i have come a long way. i can play a few of the easier guitar part songs like glycerine by bush, brain stew by green day, rockaway beach and blitzkrieg bop by the ramones (though i can’t play at full johnny ramone speed yet, u gotta play all downstrokes if you don’t wanna cheat, lol), and a few others. my speed at switching chords is not up to par yet, but i notice every few days i seem to be becoming more and more comfortable at switching chords and learning how to minimize movement when switching chords which you must do to switch them without missing a beat. i play the g chord major triad the easy way with the 3rd finger instead of the 4th and i play the a chord major triad with a barre with my 1st finger and although these are easier than playing the traditional way it makes my other fingers have to come further to switch chords. but many guitar players play those chords that way and have no issues whatsoever at switching chords so i think over time i will get up to speed. it’s all practice that’s for sure, if you tough it out at the beginning it will pay off. im still not out of the woods yet, i’ve still a lot of practicing til i can say i am not a beginner anymore….

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  32. barryny
    barryny says:

    Hi Tom.
    So I’m gonna be 60 and decided to try learning guitar again.
    I am a TRUE lefty – lefty in everything I do.
    47 years ago (at 13) I took guitar lessons on a righty guitar. Although I was able to learn chords pretty well, my strumming and picking style left a lot to be desired. Long story short I really never advanced too far and gave up within a few years pretty much discouraged…
    Fast forward and I just purchased a lefty guitar – an Ibanez AM93L semi-hollow electric. I’m hoping that I can achieve some rhythm skill using my dominant hand. Bottom line if rightys strum with their right hand then I believe that leftys should strum with their left.
    My question is:
    Do you think that I am at a disadvantage by trying to learn lefty?

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi there,
      No matter which handed you are, I always recommend learning the right handed way, because:
      – all of the material you come across is meant for right handed “view”
      – most of the guitarists you meet, will be playing the right handed way
      – most of the guitars you can buy are right handed

      Actually, it’s not really “right handed” as in writing for example, because you’re learning totally new movements with both hands, so it doesn’t really matter which hand learns what. If you think about the fine motor skills involved, strumming is much easier than fretting, no? So that means your dominant hand should have the harder job, right? But that’s not the way things are, which just shows you that handedness isn’t really relevant to the guitar.

      But anyhow, if you feel more comfortable with the lefty, than by all means, go for it! As long as you practice at least an hour a day, you will progress regardless of which handed way you are learning.

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  33. Dominic Fraser
    Dominic Fraser says:

    The amazing thing is, after 10 years I will be able to know how much I don’t know. 😀 . This is why they say, “Little knowledge will make you arrogant, in depth knowledge will make you humble”. 🙂

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  34. Steven
    Steven says:

    Hi, I am learning to play classical guitar. I have had a month off because I couldn’t afford lessons for that period. So I am now picking up on things, and moving back to where I was before. I am learning basic harmonics, hammer-ons/pull-offs and barres. It has especially taken the best of a week to get back into the barres. Another technique I am learning is trills.
    I am also about to start learning the top line of a duet version of “Cavatina”.

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  35. Howling Mad Murdock
    Howling Mad Murdock says:

    Brilliant article. I’ve been playing for nearly 4 months now and practicing every day really does work, even if just for half an hour. What worked for me in terms of extra motivation was some advice from a friend who’s a semi-pro player, learn songs as soon as possible, do the basic practice first, then just have some fun and experiment. I do finger exercises to warm up, do a different one of the pentatonic scale postions each evening, a set of chords, some chord progressions to build speed, then pick a guitar tab at random and give it a go, finally followed by blasting the first tune I learned (Teenage Kicks). That’s my own personal practice schedule and works for me, everyone is different. I do each bit of it for 10-15mins each and I’m loving it when I can play new songs. I have a million miles to go but as ability increases so does confidence. Roll on 2016 when I’ve had 2 years experience and can play the way I want to 🙂

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    • Del
      Del says:

      How did you get on Murdock? I’m at the stage you were two years ago. Just curious to see if you kept it up and when/ if you started to feel like a musician?!

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  36. Ian Johnson
    Ian Johnson says:

    I love this article, and it’s a bit cheeky actually, which is even better. You do start to build a collection, but I can honestly say that it’s not as bad as the author makes it sound. I’ve been playing for almost 17 years now (yikes! I’m getting old.), professionally for 6 of those years. I have a grand total of…6 guitars, if you include my bass. I discovered quickly that all I really needed was a good classical, a decent rhythm guitar and a good lead guitar, and you’re pretty much set (bass is optional). The endgame is right, out of all my guitars, I primarily play ONE of them unless I have a gig calling for one of the others.

    The simple fact of the matter is that you NEVER master the guitar, and you never will. Practice isn’t fun, but it’s necessary to get good. Once you do that, and then bring it to the stage, the fun really starts. Nothing is more fun that that thrill of doing something that has so many chances to go completely wrong, and pulling it off in front of hundreds/thousands of people. Don’t just practice! Play! As funny as that sounds, doing shows gives you a goal, and a benchmark which gives you a good reason for all that woodshedding.

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  37. Sushant
    Sushant says:

    I saw this article for the first time on April 2014, I got very much inspired. I began my guitar learning process. Now after about 4 months, i can play every possible barre chords, hammer ons , pull offs. And with few days of practice i can learn a new song very well. All thanks to this post which helped me to be positively motivated. I just used an hour of daily practice. Though unable to shift to barre chord quickly enough and a bit of off beat tabs, i will definitely learn them too in a coming few months

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      You’re doing great, thanks for sharing your story, and I hope it will provide inspiration to others as well!

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  38. Scott
    Scott says:

    Hey there! always puts a smile on my face seeing blogs like this 🙂 useful info, diverse commenting community and food for thought. I always share things like this with the visitors of my website
    Keep on bringing us cool blogs like this
    cheers!

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  39. Scott
    Scott says:

    hey, I totally agree with your approach as to how long it will take to learn guitar. I’ve been playing for about 7-8 years now and as it says in your article, “can pretty much play what I want”. ha. I found this blog heaps helpful to realize achievable goals in guitar playing and will absolutely share this with my friends and followers on facebook.

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  40. sanaa
    sanaa says:

    U just gave me the motivation I needed.. was wondering which model of guitar to purchase. Could u suggest me 1?

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  41. GRETSCH RICHARD
    GRETSCH RICHARD says:

    Wow.Its a mammoth question.Basically you never stop learning,but i always set myself the goal of 2 years or 1000 hours to get to where i wanted to be,whichever came first.Everyone is different and people pick up things at their own speed.Its a very subjective question but the above was always my first goal.You certainly do not need a teacher for electric guitar,in fact some of the best and most famous guitar players on the planet have never had a professional lesson in their lives and are completely self taught.Another advantage of this is you develop your own style.All this theory about which finger goes where and what does what can send you mad when you start off.The secret if you genuinely want to learn is stick at .The first few months are tedious and very monotonous but gradually things improve if you keep going.I have heard from so many people who have given up after the first month because they cannot play their favourite guitar riff yet.Put quite simply it takes hundreds and hundreds of hours,but believe me when you can go to your bedroom or other learning area and pick up your guitar and play the solo to Hotel California by the Eagles for example my God you will be glad you stuck at it.

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  42. Syrin
    Syrin says:

    This is a good life lesson in general. I’m a physician, and the same was true in medical school. Those who studied every day, and not just near test time, are the ones who always did best regardless of natural ability. I imagine this is true in any endeavor.

    Thanks for the time frame about when we could expect to play what types of songs. That’s helpful. I used to be a decent violinist, but lost interest decades ago. Now, my teenage son joined a rock band and spends 2 hours a day practicing guitar and an hour a day practicing drum. He’s done this for 2 years and can play virtually any song, writes songs, changes songs, and has just excelled. I am amazed at what he’s accomplished. He has stirred the inner musician in me to take up the guitar late in life. Let’s hope I have half his ability.

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Oh yeah, practice with your son, and you’ll be forming a father-son band in no time. As you already know, it really comes down to how much time and effort you put into it.

      Thanks for sharing your sons accomplishments and time frame as well, I’m sure lots of people will find it useful.

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  43. smruti kadu
    smruti kadu says:

    sir i liked yr article but i dont have much time to spend on guitar learning i m a 10th std passed student searching something to do in my vaccations.so i wanted to know if i could get basic knowledge in 1 month?

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi Smruti, no 1 month is not enough for much. You’ll just start getting a feel for the basics, but won’t be able to do much yet.

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  44. Xavier
    Xavier says:

    Thanks for the amazing article, I was curious about this question from the first day I started my music lesson. But my teacher told me to have some patience, and first strengthen your base. Because having a firm base will surely help in long run.

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  45. Hassan
    Hassan says:

    Hi i am a beginner and just got my guitar how long will it take to learn the basics.and i am also planning to go to guitar classes and stop it once i study the basics is this a good idea?

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi, as you can see above, if you practice regularly, you will make steady progress. Exactly how long depends on your abilities as well, but mostly on how much you practice. A personal teacher is always a good idea, but you can learn the basics online as well. Just make sure you follow a single course, not jump all over the place in between websites.

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  46. shradhanand
    shradhanand says:

    Sir , along with guitar I i want to develop my vocal skills also …sir give me some tips so that I can develop my vocal skills along with guitar …..

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Sorry I can’t help you there, I’m not a singer. There is a site called JamPlay which has singing lessons for guitar players, here is a free signup page, check it out. Once you’re inside, do a search for singing, and you’ll see the lessons.

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  47. Aakash
    Aakash says:

    hiii sir i reallly liked ur article & ur page i also want to learn guitar,not just for professionaly but just for peace of my soul i m so passionate for it hw much time it takes to me to just playing almost every song with regular practice of guitar & the song
    thankyou very much sir

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  48. shradhanand
    shradhanand says:

    Sir ,many people say that it is impossible to learn playing guitar without going to classes …
    Sir is it true …??

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Nope 🙂 Online lessons are great nowadays. Later on, when you get better, playing with outers will become important, but you can definitely learn online, without a live teacher or having to go to classes.

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  49. shradhanand
    shradhanand says:

    Sir , I an engineering student (2nd sem) . My dream is to learn and play guitar …I want to go for guitar classes but I dont want to leave studies …sir please suggest , can I learn guitar along with my studies …??

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    • Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com
      Tom - TheGuitarLesson.com says:

      Hi there, well, I always say that you can make time for things that are important to you. If you can free up 1 hour of your day for the guitar, than yes, you can learn alongside your studies. If you’re really pressed for time though, I would suggest learning online rather than from a teacher, since you’ll save the time you would spend traveling, and also be able to practice whenever you can fit it in, not based on the teacher’s schedule.

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  50. Prem
    Prem says:

    hi. want toknow.how long does it take to learn theory and sit for the theoryexams? for every grade, is there a time limit

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  51. R. Harlan
    R. Harlan says:

    Waant to learn the classical method of guitar but having trouble finding a suitable teacher so am looking at you all. I’ll need a course that encomposes DVD as well as a book. Also a site ? What can you suggest ? Ron

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  52. Cecile
    Cecile says:

    Hi
    My son is studying Performing Arts Level 2 but his sudden interest the last few weeks is playing base guitar…he has never played any instrument before…but he is very keen about music. He is 17 and half and he seems very keen to want to learn. What direction do you think he should take in his studies or not necessarily…?
    Cecile

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  53. Angela Case
    Angela Case says:

    I’ve been taking guitar lessons for about a year and a quarter now, once a week with 50 minute classes. I can play Stairway to Heaven now.

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  54. richard
    richard says:

    I have been playing for 8 months now,practise everyday anything from 2 to 4 hours each day.There are no short cuts as far as I can see other than the dedication and discipline needed to put time aside each day to learn.Loads and loads of repetition.Iam reaping the rewards now as I am building up a catalogue of nice varied tunes from hard rock to gentle ballads.When you first start,apart from the pain to your hands,you feel you will never memerise the notes needed in each song,and it can take weeks to remember even basic stuff.After a few months things start to gel,your playing improves almost overnight and your brain starts to learn things much quicker and you begin playing almost on auto pilot.Just stick with it and remember to practise as much as you can and you will be rewarded.

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    • TomFontana
      TomFontana says:

      Richard, thanks for you comment and story, I hope it helps everyone see that practicing diligently is the way forward in guitar.

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  55. Steve
    Steve says:

    This is not always true. I have been trying to play for 30 years. Have had some exceptional teachers, practiced for hours and still don’t understand it and really can’t play. You have really oversimplified playing the guitar and the learning process.

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    • Cody
      Cody says:

      Hmm, try Rocksmith out? It could have been your teachers or yourself holding you back. I’ve seen guys on youtube who have one year or less of exp. and are actually fairly decent. I’ve seen guys with 5 years of exp. on youtube who are amazing.

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  56. Anisha
    Anisha says:

    Hey! Right now, I’m in 10th class! I really wanna learn to play guitar…. But the only problem is I’m scared it’ll affect my studies…. How many hours do u suggest me to practice a day? ( Keeping in mind that I’m in 10th! ) O:-)

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    • TomFontana
      TomFontana says:

      Hi Anisha, the more the better, but if you want steady progress, you’ll need to practice at least an hour a day. It’s much funner than studying though, so you can do it when you’re tired before going to bed for example, when all your studying is already taken care of. And of course there are weekends, when you can practice a lot more 🙂

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  57. Barb
    Barb says:

    Thanks!!! When you play Electric guitars, Electric guitars use steel strings that are a bit harder on a beginner’s fingers than nylon sting acoustic guitars.

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  58. Roy
    Roy says:

    Hi, like your site. I will let you know how I do. I’m 61, learned a little guitar when I was younger, can strum basic chords, can’t really move my fingers with real coordination on the fret board (3rd and 4th fingers very uncoordinated). So now I just got a new used guitar and I’ve been practicing every day now for 1 month and can tell my coordination is getting a little better, just doing a lot of scales right now. I am giving myself a good year to really get my finger on the fretboard to be good to acceptable. I practice about 2 hours day, everyday. Being an older student, I will let you know how I do.
    One hint that I did was to tell all my friends and family I’m doing this, so now I feel real motivated to getting better.

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  59. leida
    leida says:

    I played guitar since 2007 then stopped after I was put down by my father. So I put my guitar down for a while. it has been 2 years since then and my ear for music has gotten better so I picked up my guitar recently and begin playing. It was hard to play any song since my hand hasn’t gotten any sort of movement but with practice everything just came back to me. Since I quit my job I might as well practice for 5 hours a day. Plus its such a good medicine for my depression.

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  60. Pradeep
    Pradeep says:

    Well i truly agreed with above article, but mind it it requires concentration , passion , dedication , i learnt guitar guitar in 6 months as as intermediate level player but i use to give 6 hours and believe me , more you practice more you want to play , i have 6 guitars , but still i can play any song but i belive i only know .1% of this instrument

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    • TomFontana
      TomFontana says:

      6 hours per day from the start? Wow, that’s impressive! So there you have it, the more you practice, the quicker the process is. Thanks for your comment!

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  61. Barb Granneman
    Barb Granneman says:

    Great article. thank you for the information. Great information and it is exciting to have found this site,I really enjoyed …
    Thank you again

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  62. Jack
    Jack says:

    Hi. I just wanted to say that this isn’t all true. Sure, people can feel inspired by this. But your ability to play the guitar is based on how much you practice and your level of commitment. Not if you’ve been playing for 2 years or 6 years. John Petrucci, the guitarist from Dream Theater (he’s incredible) started playing when he was 12. He ended up going to Berklee, which probably happened 5 or 6 years after he started playing. Just sayin 😉

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  63. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    Hi my name is stephanie im 14 and i wanna learn guitar pretty quickly,me and my friends wanna start a band but I don’t wanna drag them on because it make take to long. The music I listen to is post-hardcore and screamo, so how long will it take to learn rock music, my friends think it wont take long but i know it will, this helped alot thanks. I once did guitar when was younger but quite because it was to hard, now im starting again bc I just feel the passion to play again but im just scared it might take to long. But thanks for the artical it helped alot.

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    • TomFontana
      TomFontana says:

      Hi Stephanie, learning guitar won’t happen overnight, but if you practice for at least an hour every day, you’ll get to a stage where you can play rhythm rock guitar in a few months. So not fancy solos as such, but you’ll sound good with power chords and rhythm.
      Just remember, it takes regular practice and devotion, that is the only secret.

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  64. choseo
    choseo says:

    I have been playin guitar fo abot 5 years or more,or atlist i’v been touchin that instrument tym to tym sumtyms wit gaps lyk a wik or two bt on average bot 2 tyms a wik…..i know sme clasical pieces bt stil a great amatuer wen it komes to electric and lead guitar……….bt playin witout usin da strummer hav traind my right hand’s finger to pluck n play simultaneously which made me fil a lil cnfident bot goin fo da bass guitar..i dn’t even knw if dat’l be suitable fo me.. your article has put to lyt sme truths n doubts dat i wantd to clear…..tanks……

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  65. Butchi
    Butchi says:

    7 guitars in the first 3 months. Little ahead of schedule. Learned Barre chords before Arpeggios. Progressing nicely. Very persistent with my Practice. Nice article and I am sensing it does take time. Hope to get into theory soon

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  66. Tony Smith
    Tony Smith says:

    Great article. I am 59 in July and had not picked up a guitar until about a month ago, just went to a local store with an experienced player and bought a 60′s player strat ( i liked the colour). After 3 lessons and daily practice the fingers have stopped hurting , my fingers now go to places on the fret that was impossible a couple of weeks ago. Really enjoy Tom’s lessons although I am still working on the finger walk. The joy of stumbling through a 12 ar blues shuffle when your teacher joins in with the lead…Priceless
    Its never too late and I really do not care how long iit takes
    Many Thanks ( Birmingham UK )

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  67. Tom Clark
    Tom Clark says:

    This is something I get asked so much and I have found my response is never a quick one! It is so much in relation to the students desire, their dedication and ability to deal with the frustration of hitting the ruts. Lessons inspire and guide you but it is all about those 6 days in between!

    Great article!

    Tom

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  68. K.Selene
    K.Selene says:

    I feel really sheepish and silly even commenting here but also that I have the right. The reason is because I have ADD and it wasn’t diagnosed until my 20’s. Before that I didn’t even have the patience to learn ‘twinkle twinkle’ on a recorder!(or any other instrument) …I always had this crazed emotional feeling of familiarity with a lot of music.
    I had a great 4th gr. teacher who always had classical music on during school hours and who taught us a great deal of the various composers.
    Music is something you can’t touch. It is like vapor that soothes and excites all at the same time.
    Needless to say…I NEVER was able to learn much from music teachers. I think this may be because there are fundamentally different ways of understanding music. Just because one person has a soul soothing relationship (and it is a life long relationship) with music that allows a sense of freedom from pain and boredom…and is also a huge catalyst for the imagination…doesn’t make them worse or better than one who appreciates and devours theory like a toddler would an unlimited candy supply.
    After failing to learn two instruments as a kid — violin & piano, I decided ‘hey I might not be any kind of musical genius BUT I FEEL IT and I actually learned to read it well enough to …GUESS WHAT!? Teach myself guitar. My playing is all emotion …it took SEVEN long years (and YES it was on and off as I had a life and not all the time in the world to devote to guitar) but in the end …I can play tons of stuff with just the letter chord over a lyric. Why should I feel like I’m SHIT because the ONLY way I was EVER going to learn to play ANY instrument was if I DID IT MYSELF? More power to you if the circle of fifths is something that causes uncontrollable salivary excretion and fits of pleasure…that’s cool BUT I HATE IT…I HATE MATH…I HATE STUPID BORING DRY AND BRITTLE DEAD CRAP and yet I always scored very well on aptitude tests for arithmetic etc. Oh well…just ‘cos you may be supposedly able to do something doesn’t mean it will make you HAPPY. My singing and self accompanied guitar makes me really happy…and for the only time ever in my life as though I was allowed in what always felt a snooty piece-of-spoiled-dog-feces country club for little (mostly) boy monster brats.
    How unjust that those with NO depth of feeling, empathy, yearning for the highest level of emotional beauty are the ones who seem to be self anointed kings of what makes a person a ‘good’ guitarist. To them I decree…there is a Shiny Yearning Love that blesses some souls, who, though often banished, are self taught and learned and can see through the likes of you…

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  69. Samuel
    Samuel says:

    Great Answer….I resigned my job to learn guitar seriously.I’ve learned all the open chords and the first position notes by myself nd now i started barre chords which took away all my confidence dat wondering dat I could never learn dese barre chords in my life.d comments are also good.thnks 4 the article and all the commentors. Im starting my practice of barre chords right now nd i dnt bother even if it takes my life time to learn ’em.

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  70. John
    John says:

    Everything…and I do mean everything I learned in 55 years of playing 9 musical instruments at the same time… still makes me think I know nothing and have a burning passion to improve on all of them.
    Moral of the story, you can practice, but you can’t teach passion.
    “Passion” in this context is simply the utter and burning desire to learn for learning’s sake. Thanks for the enjoyable article and comments everyone.

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  71. Camilo
    Camilo says:

    I’ve been playing for almost 5 years and i have master some techniques but i also noticed that playing guitar involves much more. At first I was excited because i was noticing that i was learning and was able to play chords with no problem…as i was progressing i started to listen to a few great guitar players like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteem, and more and then i felt like I hit a wall. I got very discouraged because I asked myself “how can I ever play like them?” just looking at the videos made me realized that I was a long way far from getting to that level but one day I said to myself “if Ive gotten this far, I have to keep going. I can’t just stop playing guitar! its something i’ve always loved doing so I picked up the guitar and started playing at least two hours a day!

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  72. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    I have had two rounds of rehearsing guitar over the past two years. I first practised first for two weeks(no teacher, just alone)and I did learn regular easy chords (c,D,Em,E,A…) then I didnt play in about a year and a half, and then started again. Then I learnd both barre, and tabs in about four weeks(I am now during the 4th one)

    so, I’ve sort of used 3 years on this. But only 6 weeks of good practise. Am I a quick learner?

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  73. Jerry Hammond
    Jerry Hammond says:

    Learning to play was one of the best skills I ever learned. It helps to be creative and have a lifelong passion for Guitar itself. I entirely agree lessons are the best way to learn, as there are progressions and timetables that will almost always otherwise be left unserved. Personally I pick up things pretty fast, and could play most songs on the radio after 8 months. I got a few DVDs of Guitar lessons and a couple of my favorite guitarists and that is what I use to keep myself in great playing shape DAILY and learning as many techniques as I can come across. I’ll decide in about a year (nearly 2years learning/playing experience) whether to seriously learning Classical Guitar. I probably will, as Guitar is something I’ve always thoroughly liked and now completely love. Best advice I can offer is learn on the best guitar yiu can get your hands on, practice and play more than an hour a day. It flies by when playing to the radio. Also really great to play with friends, as you can help each other get better at it and find goals and progress levels to strive for. And most importantly, play because you really love to. If you enjoy it more than most things you do, then you’re certain to get tons of enjoyment with it for a lifetime.

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  74. farnaz
    farnaz says:

    tomorrow will be my first day to learn guitar . i am a little stressed i don’t know if i can cope with learning process 🙁
    i was looking for more information on Internet then i found here , Thank you for great explanation . i like the part you said ( If you ever get discouraged, or stuck at any given point, just remember that even the best guitar players were beginners at one time, everyone went through the learning curve ) this calmed me , i hope this sentences stick to my mind always so i won’t lose my confidence !

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  75. Steve
    Steve says:

    HELP. This was a great article, so thank you for that. I’ve been wanting to play since I was a kid but just never took the time. I’m now ready to make guitar play a part of my life. My wife just brought me home a used “Washburn” 12 String Acoustic guitar (D12-12N) and it’s beautiful. I can’t stop looking at it. Unfortunately, I cannot play it yet. I have zero experience which leads me to my 1st question:

    Should I learn to play on this guitar or should I get a 6 string?

    I have heard that if I can learn on a 12 string, that a 6 string will be easy, but not vise versa. Also, that it’s easier to learn on a 6 string. I am most interested in playing as a lifetime hobby but I do want to learn quickly and I want to go with the best option for variety of songs. If it’s not that much of a difference then I’ll probably just use my 12 string.

    Second Question(s): How often should I take lessons? How long should each lesson be? How long should I practice to get optimal results without burning out the passion?

    I’m in my late 30’s and I work when I want to, so I have plenty of time to dedicate to this new life hobby. I just want to start off right. Thank you all for any advise you provide.
    -Steve

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  76. Russ
    Russ says:

    Great article. There is only one thing I would add that you hinted at. The timeline is based on practicing where learning of new techniques is the goal.
    I have seen guitar players that have been playing “John Denver” style consistently for 20 years and although they are solid as a rock … they progress very slowly. This is especially true with guitar players who sing or play liturgical music. I’ve also seen guitar students with 2 years experience and a thirst to always learn new techniques. I would have to say practice hours= competency practice hours+new learning=advancement.
    Also, I would add the same as others. Lessons are a necessity both because they push new techniques versus ones already learned, make deadlines for learning those techniques, and provide an independent verification of progressing.

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  77. Alberto
    Alberto says:

    Cool article!
    I’ve been playing for about one and a half years now and and so far this is exactly what I have experienced.

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