How long would it take me to learn guitar?

I am 14 years old. I’ve played in the band for two years so i do know a good amount about music. i played the saxophone so i know how to read treble clef. also, summer just began and im looking for a good hobby. how long would it take me? also, what can i do to teach myself?

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2 Responses to “How long would it take me to learn guitar?”

  1. Christopher said:

    If you already understand music, can read standard notation and keep a steady rhythm, then guitar will probably come relatively easy for you (as compared to others just starting out and not knowing music at all). That’s a real plus and automatically boosts your ability to get started and develop pretty fast.

    Usually takes about 2-3 months to start getting the “feel” of the instrument, and most people can get to playing a favorite song of theirs (an EASY song) within the first six months, give or take a few weeks. It all just depends on how much time you commit to practicing. Expect to practice about 15 minutes or so every day, minimum.

    “Teaching yourself” is very difficult. It can be done, but understand that doing so will delay your progress by quite a bit – it takes a lot of patience. The very first thing to do is get a good “beginner” guitar book – something from the Mel Bay series is perfect, or if you can find one and afford it – The Guitar Handbook is a good resource to have. There are all sorts of videos on youtube for learning your favorite licks and songs.

    But really – you should consider taking a few private lessons, at least to get yourself started off on the right foot. Personal instruction from a qualified guitar teacher isn’t cheap, but it’s a very good investment and pays for itself in spades. At the very least, see if your school or the local YMCA offers a guitar class, and/or maybe your saxophone instructor can point you in a proper direction.

    Good luck – it’s a lot of fun. 🙂

  2. dunedain ranger said:

    it depends on how fast you learn, one year to three or five years

  3. a.darenskihj said:




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