How long would it take to learn guitar?

I don’t know how to play at all, and if I wanted to learn, for those of you who are experienced, how long do you think it will take me to learn to play properly up to the point where I’d be able to play a song like What Its Like by Everlast? Give me a good estimate, based on the fact that I’d be committed and very ready and willing to learn.

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

  1. Mackenzie R said:

    You can learn a couple chord progressions and a couple songs in less than a week. You have most notes, scales, and techniques down in a few months, if you really put an effort in. But to really master the guitar it takes years, and some never do.

  2. Rob D said:

    It depends on how good you want to be. There is no limit to how good a musician can be. You never stop learning.

    Just to learn one particular song, is not really a way to measure how good you can be at the instrument. If all you wanted to do was learn one song, you might be able to do it in 6 months, but you’d be able to play very little else.

  3. VYFX.com said:

    Hmm, not the hardest song to play from listening to it. You could definitely learn enough to play that song pretty much flawlessly in about two months. It could be sooner, could be longer, but is all dependent on how much you practice.

  4. Sofia In Chains said:

    I don’t know which song is What Its Like.

    At two months (daily practises ofcourse) I was playing songs like For Whom THe Bells toll and TO live is to die all by metallica.

    Now, I’ve been playing for 4 months, and I’m playing seek and destroy also by metallica.

    If you practise ALOT ALOT ALOT in one, 2, 3 years you’ll be freaking awesome.

  5. Whiplash said:

    all that depends on several variables. do you have an ear for music? are you willing to practice? also the older you are the more difficulty you will have in picking it up. I know guys (myself included) that play all the time and just reach a plateau, and can’t get any better.

  6. SirDarkvain said:

    ok ive been playing guitar for almost a year now, and if i put my mind to it, i could learn almost any song, but im very dedicated. more then half the battle is wanting to do it, and dont expect to be Van Halen over night. dont be discouraged by having to play “smoke on the woater” first, because you need to work on your hand-eye coordination. I take lessons, and that helps trmendously. unless youre a musical prodagy, you arent going to learn anything fast w/o a teacher. so, if you get a teacher, i say maybe around 4-5 months if you are dedicated, and about a year if you dont get a teacher

  7. Sebastian said:

    Think of it as talking a walk: learning to play an easy three-chord rock or punk song is like walking down the block; learning to play a Lute Suite by Bach is like walking from Portugal to Russia (not impossible, but it surely takes years and loads of patience, and not all do it in the end).

    As for the cited Everlast song: to play the notes properly, it’d take you a couple of days if you start from zero. To make them sound right, precise and effortlessly, you need to have some years of experience. Even on a relatively simple song like that one you can tell the difference between amateurs and experts. Playing guitar’s much more than just doing the notes, just like being a comedian’s much more than just telling the jokes, being a singer’s much more than just saying the words in tune, etc.

  8. pterry0404 said:

    It would probably take you a couple months to learn how to play that song properly. The first thing you need to do is learn to play some chords and scales, and then you could play some easy songs. (http://guitar.about.com/library/blguitarlessonarchive.htm) that website teaches you how to play the basics and then follows up with some songs using what you just learned.
    I have been playing for about three years, and I am just now starting to play in front of people. It took me about a year and a half of playing to get myself to what I considered “good”

  9. Tom said:

    It depends on just 1 factor: how much you practice.

    Ideally, you could put in a half hour every day or every other day, and you’ll be playing simple songs in a month or two.

    What Its Like involves chord arpeggios and some lead guitar techniques, not that hard. I can imagine you’d be playing that in about 3-4 months. It all depends on how much you practice.

  10. sergey.merzlyakovc said:




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