Here’s part 2 in our new series of answers to Guitar Beginners’ FAQ. Find Part 1 here and General Guitar Lesson FAQ here.
Onto question 2 then,
“How Long Will It Take Me To Learn?”
Just like Question 1, this is something you probably know the answer to better than we do. If you’re someone who is willing to put in the practice time, and who perseveres with things, and perhaps even more importantly loves music and has a strong desire to play it, then the answer is not very long at all. If these things don’t apply, then a lot longer, if at all!
But before getting into all that, we need to define “learn”. – Learn what? How will you know when you’re someone who “can play”? Furthermore, just about all the greatest musicians of our time and recent history have at one point or another said something along the lines of “you have to never stop learning”, “The journey is never over” and so on.
If you’ll consider yourself somebody who plays the guitar once you can strum “Wonderwall” then generally speaking, it won’t take as long as it takes to play Stairway To Heaven start to finish.
So our outlook, and advice to you would be that playing the guitar is a concept that is made up of a multitude of different elements and aspects, each differing to another in difficulty, and again from person to person, based upon how naturally musical you are, previous instrumental experience, or willingness to put in the practice time.
So the quickest way to learn is to forget about having a number of weeks in mind and immerse yourself in the material, the practice and the passion for the instrument and music as a whole.
– Might sound a bit of a dry, boring answer, but when you’re blasting out songs and riffs really soon you’ll be very happy indeed!
So, ANSWER: Shut up and get on with it! 🙂
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