Learning to play the guitar can get a bit expensive in the long run. It's not that any one aspect is overly expensive (except you Gibson :-)), but the fact that it takes quite a while, and all the little things can really start adding up if you aren't mindful of your spendings.

Save $$ on Guitar Stuff

Save $$ on Guitar Stuff

Because of this, I've collected a couple of discount and coupon codes for guitar students, which you'll be able to use to save a few $ here and there, and in the long run, it might even add up to major savings. And don't underestimate this! Learning guitar takes years, and you'll be saving hundreds of $ if you spend wisely.

I'll give you links to coupons and discount offers to redeem over at Jamplay, GuitarTricks, Guitar Center, Guitar Pro and of course TheGuitarLesson.com below.

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The reason why 95% of people start learning the guitar, is because they want to be able to play songs. This is totally natural, since the point of playing an instrument is to make music. Only few people have set goals with the guitar, such as professional musicians or composers, but for most beginner guitarists, being able to play famous guitar songs will suffice.

Practice more songs!

Practice more songs!

Hence the big question, how long will it take before beginners can actually play the songs they like? The answer depends on several things, but mostly, how much practice time you can put into learning the guitar. The more you practice, the better you'll get, and the more you'll actually want to practice, since you'll have loads of fun playing new songs.

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I love playing the blues, it was one of my primary aims when I started learning, and as I've been communicating with you guys, lots of you have said that you want to learn more blues songs.

This week's new guitar lesson goes out to all you blues fanatics out there 🙂

Check out our new guitar lesson on an acoustic 12 bar blues solo in the key of E, I'm sure you'll love playing this song after learning it. It was actually one of the first blues songs I learned as well!

12 Bar Blues Guitar Lesson - Key of E

12 Bar Blues Guitar Lesson - Key of E

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Opening gp3, gp4, gp5 and .gpx files is as easy as 2 clicks, once you have the necessary software downloaded and installed.

Guitar Pro: a tablature editor, a score player, and a backing band all in one

New Guitar Pro 7

Files with the extension of gp3, gp4, gp5 and .gpx are all Guitar Pro files, and the numbering refers to the version of Guitar Pro they were originally created with. The present version of Guitar Pro is GP7, which is the most modern version of the guitar software to date.

Guitar Pro files are actually tablature files, since Guitar Pro is a multi-track music sheet editing program. It has the power not only to write music for any instrument you can imagine, but thanks to its realistic sound engine, it has the ability to playback the score as well.

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If you're at all serious about learning to play the guitar, you'll already know the secret to advancing your skills.

practice time

Practice time

Practice, practice, practice.

Saying it is actually easier said than done. You need to, first of all, make the time, and you also need to come up with a suitable practice routine, that will develop your guitar skills.

As a rule of thumb, if you have X amount of time to practice, it's a good idea to split up your practice session like this:

  • 1/3 devoted to technical aspects of playing guitar and scales. This gets you practicing and refining things you have already learned.
  • 1/3 devoted to using your knowledge to play and make music, along with a backing track for example. This is the fun part 🙂
  • 1/3 devoted to learning new stuff. This is where you advance as a guitarist/musician.

Each part of this general practice routine is important, but it is still just that, pretty general.

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Learning the guitar is a never ending journey. I've been playing for many years, and I still learn new things on a daily basis, including new techniques that I can use while playing, or making up new guitar songs. Starting out on this journey is undoubtedly the hardest part of it all, since you basically have to teach your fingers and mind a brand new skill, sort of like learning to walk.

Playing songs = motivation

Playing songs = motivation

The initial stages of teaching yourself to play guitar can be very demotivating, since in the beginning, each new chord, chord change, barre chord, etc. will be a struggle. This is why over 60% of newbie guitarists quit withing a very short amount of time. And this is why it is very important to keep yourself motivated during the early stages of your career as a guitarist.

I've found that the best way to keep new players motivated is to have them playing songs on their guitar right from the beginning. Through learning easy guitar songs for beginners, you will practice while making real music, which is what motivates you to practice even more. There are many guitar courses that have you doing rigorous exercises, and that just does not work. Why?

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It's inevitable that when you set out on learning something new, you will make mistakes. This is true for learning guitar as well.

Being a live and online guitar teacher, I've helped a lot of beginner guitar students get through the initial hardships, and have observed several very common beginner mistakes newbies tend to make.

There is a Latin proverb which goes: "A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own."

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In the spirit of proverbial Italy, why not be wise today? I've compiled the 10 most common problems beginner guitar students tend to have, so that you can learn from the mistakes of others.

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Are you an absolute beginner to the guitar? Do you have some experience, and want to start learning easy to play songs for beginners on your guitar?

If your answer is YES to any of the above, that good news! You CAN start playing easy guitar songs for beginners from virtually day 1 of picking up the guitar.

Guitar Songs 101

Guitar Songs 101

There are tons of very popular, yet simple songs you can start playing today! Of course, you'll need to be familiar with some basic principles and techniques, but once you can pluck a couple of notes and hold down a couple of simple beginners guitar chords, you'll be well on your way to learning to play songs on your guitar as well.

At TheGuitarLesson.com, you'll find high quality video guitar lessons teaching you how to play the best songs in an easy, step-by-step manner. Here are a couple of the most popular lessons you could start watching today:

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This week's new guitar lesson covers a mega-hit from 2011, Someone Like You by Adele. It is a very moving, romantic ballad about how the artist deals with an ex-boyfriend. I think that if you've ever been in a relationship, you'll be able to identify with the song.

A critic's quote puts it very nicely: "Romantic pain has never been so beautiful."

Someone Like You Guitar Lesson - Adele

Click above for the video tutorial on Someone Like You

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This week's new guitar tutorial is on an evergreen classic by Eric Clapton and Cream, Crossroads. Crossroads was originally recorded live in 1968, and is actuallya cover of a Robert Johnson song. While the Eric Clapton version is much different than Johnson's, it is one of the most popular guitar songs of all time.

Crossroads holds several prestigious titles, for example it is #10 on Guitar World magazines greatest guitar solos of all time. It is one you'll love playing, as it's actually considered to be one of the easier guitar songs.

Learn to play Crossroads by Eric Clapton

Learn to play Crossroads by Eric Clapton

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