So you want to learn guitar… I’ve been playing guitar for over 15 years and I know how frustrating it can be when you are first starting. One of the difficulties comes when trying to find the right learning resources that are needed for your individual learning style. And then for many, there are the costs involved in hiring an instructor. What I’ve found as I’ve learned and then taught others is that for some, it is important to get started with a one-on-one instructor. However, for most students, it is better to find online guitar lessons or a good course with an online community. The cost is much lower, and you can learn on your own schedule.
Today I wanted to share with you a few FREE resources to use while learning how to play guitar that I recently came across on the Learn and Master Guitar site. Did you know that they offer free live guitar lessons every Tuesday night at 7PM CST through the power of streaming video? I just discovered this earlier this week and decided to drop in for one of their lessons on how to play guitar. I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted with the face of Steve Krenz himself (the instructor of Learn and Master Guitar) instead of some other Legacy Learning Systems staff member. He was actually there taking questions, giving tips and tricks, and just having a good time talking to all of us. Right away I could see he has a passion for teaching and talking all things guitar. I chimed in and asked a few questions by joining the chat room and he was very helpful. His session was dedicated to beginners and he also agreed to cover more topics on how to play guitar in the future based on what people in the Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar forum say they want to learn.
Many of you that subscribe to our newsletter have asked me how long it should take to learn to play guitar. My answer usually varies because, to tell you the truth, there is no set time limit. And of course, how do you determine when you think you have actually learned to play guitar?
While some think having learned guitar only includes being able to play a few simple songs. Others are speaking of being able to play professionally. Also, the amount of time it takes to learn to play the guitar varies depending on your learning style and the amount of time and dedication that you intend to commit to practice and the process of learning.
There are more than a few ways to learn guitar these days. So before you decide on the best course or method for you to learn how to play guitar you have to fully understand your goals and objectives in learning guitar and really understand your own personal learning style. Only then, will you be able to apply that knowledge to finding the right course or other guitar instruction for you. Here are a few of the types guitar lessons that are available:
One of the most useful tools you can benefit from when you are beginning to learn guitar is a basic guitar chord chart. Having a good guitar chord chart at your fingertips will make it possible for you to learn any song that you might find the chord sheets for. You will want to make sure and find a chart that contains both basic guitar chords and also the more advanced chords that are often utilized in Jazz, Blues, and other such styles.
Most of the guitar chord charts that you will find online tend to leave a bit more to be desired. They are either difficult to read, only have a limited selection of chords, or only show one or two voicing for each chord. In reality there are a ton of combinations and voicings that can often help you to spice up a song a bit if you know how to play them. One of the few places that I have been able to find a complete guitar chord chart is over at the JamPlay resources section.