How long did it take for you to be familiar playing the guitar…?

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And be able to play a variety of songs etc.

Im keen to learn how to play the guitar but i will be learning from scratch as i have never held a guitar never mind play one.


  1. Clair says:

    I’ve just started learning to play guitar too around 2 or 3 months ago! I’m just trying to teach myself and learn off youtube videos. It really depends. I practice about an hour or so each day, maybe more on other days depending. But i find that some songs just come easier than others! To start I started off learning taylor swift songs (usually consist of the same notes but different strumming patterns) and then moved onto harder ones but I’ve still got a very basic skill level.

    Like everything it just takes time.

  2. Crispus E. Shays says:

    I’ve played guitar for three years and the instrument is still an enigma for me. I can solo, play slide guitar, and strum chords/ rhythms, but I learn something new either big or small, every time I practice.

    We all had to start somewhere. There was a time when I didn’t even know how to change notes on a guitar other than to pick other string. I had to experiment with the guitar for hours until I figured that you had to press the string down to the fret to make another note. Now I can play songs from Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc. Here’s a secret, I also know how to play CRJ’s Call Me Maybe, and I arranged a version myself.

    If you have a goal, and you keep in mind the reason why you want to reach that goal, as long as the reason is strong enough, you’ll reach it.

    It helps if you have an instructor to help you start off with scales, basic chords and other things.

    1) Power Chords are actually less complex than major or minor chords. In a power chord, you only have the root note, and the 5th. In a Major or Minor Chord, you have add the major 3rd or the flat minor 3rd.

    2) Whatever you do, don’t buy a list of chords and try to learn them all. You’ll never succeed. Just learn the basic Major, Minor, and 7th Chords, then you’ll go from there. Powerchords are much simpler. You can learn them first if you want.

  3. Vince M says:

    I used to teach beginning folk guitar and finger picking styles. With VERY few exceptions, I’d send my students home after about a one hour first lesson, with one or two actual songs to practice. In subsequent lessons I’d help them build a repertoire of new songs, new chords and varieties of fingerpicking patterns.

    As long as they took their practice seriously, a student could get “comfortable” in an hour or two. The variety of songs increased with each lesson, PLUS an ambitious learner could go out and pick up new songs as fast and as often as desired.

    Understand. Other than teaching a handfull,of chords, I made no attempt at teaching music. I was teaching people to play songs for theirs and other people’s entertainment.

  4. Lisa says:

    I taught myself guitar for 3 years. I was able to play all the ‘beginner’ chords like A, C, D, E, G, Am, Dm, and Em by the first 3 months of practicing. There are tons of simplified versions of popular songs that uses beginner chords. That following year, I worked on more complex power chords. By the end of that year, I fully developed my calluses. Now, I am able to play almost all chords, including barre chords, finger pick and a lot more techniques.

    I’d like to give you a few guitar tips. Buy an ACOUSTIC guitar. It’ll help develop your calluses faster than classical or electric guitars because of the tension on the strings. Download or buy a chord chart of beginner chords. It helped me a lot when I first started. Later on, I got book of all the more complex chords to practice in from my friend. I wish you the best of luck :)

  5. playinmyblues says:

    Learning how to play guitar is different for everybody but most people can learn a few chords in a day. Being able to use those chords in a song soon after that is easier for some than others. A lot of how fast you learn depends on how much you practice and if you practice with intent instead of just messing around.

    In my opinion, anybody learning how to play an instrument needs two things – desire and patience. You need the desire to start to learn how to play and the patience for when you do not get it the first time, or the second, or the third…

    If you decide that you would like to learn on your own then I suggest buying a book. There are many books out there such as books like the Dummies series, the Idoit’s Guide series, or music publishers’ series. Do a little research to find out what you might like best. Check libraries to see if there is something to borrow first so you do not have to buy it if you do not want to.

    Lessons can be very helpful but you still have to practice what you are taught, otherwise lessons are a waste of time. A book is also a waste of time if you do not practice what you read. Not practicing is the messing around part. There is a time for just messing around. Some might call it noodling or whatever but just messing around with the guitar (and not practicing) can satisfy your desire for creativity. It can help you to develop your own songs.

    Make sure that you get used to paying attention to keeping your body relaxed so you do not get hunched up and hold tension in places like your shoulders, back and arms. This is harder than it sounds. Also make sure to practice slowly at first. So many people think that playing fast is the best but practicing fast when you do not have the technique is the best method to stagnation. It will lead to frustration. Practice slowly to get the technique and then speed up the tempo slowly so you can get used to it before progressing to a faster tempo.

    Just remember – desire and patience.