Learn to Play the Guitar
Here are some of the more common ways to learn to play the guitar. Try
each method to see what works best for you.
-Group Lessons: Learning guitar in a group setting can be less
intimidating for the beginning musician. You not only get the benefit of having a teacher to help you along you can
often judge your progress by where the other students are in the class. The worst part about taking guitar lessons
in a group setting is the teachers time is divided so you may not get as much attention as you might need.
-Private Lessons: This is the best way to learn to play the guitar if
you can find the right teacher. The instructor can gauge your progress each week and custom design your lessons for
you. You have your teachers’ undivided attention and you can ask anything you feel is not clear.
-CD Lessons: There are many instruction CDs available in nearly any
style you can think of. The advantage of this style of learning is you can listen to the CD as many times as you
want. Any part that is not clear can be replayed as many times as needed. The disadvantages include the songs may
not be the ones you desire to learn and the instruction is more general without any way of knowing where you are in
your musical journey.
-DVD Lessons: Instruction on DVD includes all the good and bad points
of the CD instruction. The number one advantage to learning guitar by watching DVD video is you can see what the
instructor is doing. Visual learning goes a long way toward answering the questions burning in your mind.
-Music Books: Music books are a time-honored way to learn how to play
the guitar. You can find more books on more different styles than most any other way to learn. You need to be
proficient in reading music if you do not know the song you are learning. Most folks have a hard time getting the
song right if they do not know the song they are learning.
-Internet: In these modern times the Internet is a wonderful resource
in learning to play the guitar. There are many websites that will show you how to play the exact notes your guitar
hero plays. Membership sights are plentiful where for a small monthly fee you can learn most any style you
-Friends: Do not overlook your guitar playing buddies. Most guitar
pickers are a friendly bunch who will be more than happy to help you along.
-Slowing Down Recordings: You can purchase software that slows down
your favorite recordings. This allows you to hear each phrase at a speed where you can pick out the different
notes. This is a great way to learn to play.
-Playing With Other People: The very best way to learn to play the
guitar is to get together with other people and play. This is the fastest way to learn. You will learn more by
getting out and playing with other people than you ever will sitting at home playing by yourself.
The method you decide to use to learn to play guitar is up to you. Try to practice four or five times a week for 30
minutes at a time and you will be playing guitar before you know it. Recommended: Insider Secrets to Playing Guitar