Learn To Play Guitar In 5 Simple Steps
There are so many ways to learn to play guitar by yourself. Here we will describe some basics that will get you started and help you not get overwhelmed. Just follow these simple steps and you will be playing quicker than you imagined.
1. Learn These Chords: E, D, C, and G
Most realize that all music comes in the form of 8 keys – this is amazing to hear how all the combinations come together to form such great music. What’s even more amazing is that the majority of guitar songs use a few basic chords that – if you know them – you will be way ahead of the game.
The chords are E, D, C, and G. To make it easier, use this video:
Many simple, good, catchy, popular, and classic songs use these chords exclusively. Even others use these chords VERY heavily. Take the time to learn these chords, and just switch back and forth between them – most combinations go well together. Then go back and learn A, F, and B – in that order. F and B are generally the most difficult.
2. Practice Easy Songs First
Once you have mastered E, D, C, and G and a few of their variations, you will be able to play quite a few songs. We have a page totally dedicated to learning easy guitar songs and suggest you check out that page for tips. You can literally learn our top 5 songs in less than 5 minutes.
Here is a good example of where to start:
3. Be Totally Dedicated
We all know people who say things like “I wish I could play the guitar.” Talk is cheap. If you don’t REALLY want to play, you won’t. So decide in your mind how far you want to go. You don’t have to buy a $1000 guitar just to get started. The money investment can be minimal. The time investment can’t. If you aren’t willing to put in the time, you will never get good.
If you aren’t willing to get callused fingers, don’t start. If you are a girl that doesn’t want to have short fingernails, don’t start. If you are embarrassed to suck for a while, don’t even start. On a more positive note, it really doesn’t take a lot besides will power. Guitar is a beautiful instrument that anyone can play with little to no previous musical experience and/or refined instruction.
4. Challenge Yourself Beyond Your Ability
Once you get a small grasp of easy songs, start learning songs you do not have the ability to play. This is the only way to get better. A good buddy of mine or now rocks the guitar said the third song he ever learned was Creed’s “One Last Breath”. Here is a video of it:
He said he just liked the song and spent 5-6 hours a day for two or three days learning it. He says that did more for him than anything on the guitar – learning songs beyond his current ability.
5. Practice, Practice, Practice
Before you know it you will be amazing. Its totally cliche, but just practice. If you make a priority in life you will impressing the ladies in a few short weeks. Whatever your goal may be, it will take some practice to get to your level. Some people can learn to play guitar very quickly, others take a while. Just give it some time and before you know it, you’ll reach the level you want to be at.
At this point, if you need more practice, these simple free guitar lessons might not be enough. Find a trusted instructor to help you further your skills.
Here is some inspiration:
Learning to play the guitar is something that everyone should do in their life. Guitar provides the mobility that many instruments don’t. It is one of the few instruments that is easy to carry, easily fits in a car, and can be played anywhere from formal weddings to around the campfire with friends. Here we have provided 5 steps – or free guitar lessons – that will get you quickly on track. We hope this helped, and feel free to contact us for more detailed requests.