Guitar Songs: How Good Should I Be At Guitar After One Month?

From the artist who brought you “While I’m Waiting” from the movie Fireproof. Listen to the album here:

I just finished my first month of guitar…I practice an hour a day with additional lessons…I can play parts of songs, know a bunch of chords (although have some trouble switching from chord to chord) and know a couple scales…I feel I should know more…


  1. team peeta says:

    You’re doing really well for someone who just started after a month. I’ve been playing for a year and still have trouble switching chords sometimes.

  2. Firebird_NZ says:

    You’re going good. That’s about where you should be after a month. If you keep practising an hour a day then you’ll get those chords in no time. :)

  3. Bill says:

    Put in another hour or so a day then. I’m sure you’ll find that all the great musicians did little else than practice their chosen instuments when they were first starting out. Clapton probably put in 5 or 6 hours a day on his beloved guitar. You have to love playing to be good – if it’s a bit of a chore you will never excel. Don’t worry about your progress – just enjoy playing.

  4. marshamsam says:

    ive had a guitar for a year now and cant do chords still, i can do some simple song intros, but not much else.

  5. Walter W says:

    You sound about right for a month of playing. Practice the A,D,G,C,E chords A LOT! Most songs are only 3 or 4 chords, usually those. Master those chords and you will literally be able to play hundreds of songs. Part of my practice is I just randomly play those chords. I practice anywhere from 2 – 8 hours usually a day. Cool songs to learn that are easy : Judas Priest “Breaking the Law” Green Day “When I Come Around” John Cougar “Pink Houses”. Feel free to email me if you’d like!

  6. chris says:

    Sounds like you’re doing good. Don’t worry about it, and enjoy it.

    People who are really good at guitar play a lot more than an hour a day. At some point you may connect with it, and LOVE to play. When that happens, you won’t be able to wait to get home to play it, you’ll be playing it all the time. They’ll have to drag you away from it to get you to come to dinner. You’ll be playing with youtubes, and you’ll be hanging around people who want to jam with you, and figure out songs together…then you’ll notice you’ll will getting really good.

    If you can read music, it helps when you want to play with people.

    Good Luck.

  7. Teddy Barrett says:

    what you need to learn first is your first and second major chords. and be able to change from one to another smoothly.