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How can I learn to play guitar quickly?

I have played piano and violin for many years so I can read music and such. I own a guitar but how can I learn to play it quickly? thanks so much

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27 Responses to “How can I learn to play guitar quickly?”

  1. getbcardenas said :

    Take lessons or teach yourself.


    Practice practice practice

  2. teashia.nichole said :

    Get the program called guitar pro 5

    Its great.

  3. boris b said :

    gust take basic guitar lessons

  4. Kyle said :

    you cant it takes long practice and hard work

  5. skippy said :

    start practicing now

  6. Farther away said :

    OMG! this is weird, I want to learn all three of those instruments :O

  7. pwebyd69 said : is like the best sight for guitar tabs.. just start out playing songs that are easy to go along with in your head.

  8. Mairead! said :

    Practice. You can’t learn things like that too easily. I’ve learned when playing over a year now just teaching myself. So practice everyday.

  9. 4 shots iz pro said :

    guitar hero is way better and more fun

  10. cajuninafrica said :

    Go to the music store and there are some pretty good DVDs that you can get that will give you the basics. The thing to remember though is that there are no quick ways to learn. It takes practice and it takes time to build calluses on your fingers

  11. ZachPRESS said :

    By pretending 6 months of lessons is quick

    Well it may be different for other people.
    No quick way.

  12. Lizzie T said :

    eat chicken…. it works for me

  13. usmonbek7 said :

    um take guitar lessons and i will give u tips:

    Consider buying a GripMaster with some callus builder caps. You can do this even before purchasing your guitar. An excellent way to build your finger strength and fingertip calluses quickly.Another way to encourage callous growth is to apply surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol) to the fingertips.
    Research and choose instruction websites online. The internet has an enormous amount of free knowledge on how to play the guitar. Hundreds of web sites even offer free lessons, most of which are very well designed and can certainly be applied to your practice routine. Your questions are more likely to be answered in more depth this way.
    Learn to distinguish between better musicians and worse ones. If you are about as good as your favorite musician after playing guitar for a couple weeks, step up your taste a notch instead of adding to “mediocre musician” status quo and retiring with what you briefly learned.
    Study the physical instrument itself, first. Learn the names and functions of the guitar parts, and how they work together to make sounds. A half hour spent on this basic understanding will be repaid many times over throughout your learning and playing time.
    Get the optimal sound and performance by learning how sound is emitted from the guitar, how tension affects the strings, and how sound differs with increasing the size and length of the strings.
    Teach yourself as many different ways to play a chord as you can. For instance, there are 10 different fret hand positions from which to play the C chord. The more ways you know to play a chord, the more flexibility you’ll have in moving from one chord to another. This can also come in handy if you decide to try composing new music.
    Practice daily (5 out of 7 days minimum) for at least a half hour. If you want to learn quickly, you must force-feed your brain with guitar. This entails learning how to have a good ear for changes in sound/pitch/intonation, comfortably positioning your body (including leg, back, shoulder and arm positions), strum-hand coordination and technique, fret hand coordination and technique, and most importantly, fret hand muscle memory.
    Practice the chords and hand positions silently while watching TV or talking to a friend. Learning fret hand muscle memory is much more difficult than learning strum hand muscle memory (excluding finger picking). You don’t have to use your other hand at all, just go over the different chords over and over. Television or a conversation will help you avoid looking down at your hands too much. However, when learning the chord positions you should study your fingers intently – make sure you get the chord position correct so that your muscle memory is correct. Over time, look at your fingers less often, but still check that you have achieved the correct postion. Over time your confidence in your finger position for chords will grow and you will not have to look so often.
    Press down on the strings as hard as you would if actually playing, to build up callouses on your fingertips. This will be painful, and will make your fingers hurt. Once you develop calluses though, the pain you once felt will surprisingly disappear. The length of time this takes is up to you. The more you practice, the faster it will happen.
    Learn barre chords along with open chords. Don’t skip barre chords simply because they’re difficult. As with developing calluses, the more you play the easier it will become. Barring a chord is almost entirely dependent upon the strength in your fret hand.
    Build up the muscles in your fret hand by repeatedly squeezing a tennis ball or similar object for 5 minutes, a few times a day.
    Allow yourself to become frustrated. It’s inevitable. It’s normal. That chord you’ve been trying to voice cleanly for the past few days, or even weeks, will in time sound clear and distinct. Keep working at it and before you know it, just strumming along, you’ll try again to voice that chord perfectly and will do so.
    Take your guitar every where you go if you’ll be sitting, waiting, watching, etc. Having your guitar with you in those situations will promote your playing ability when starting out. It’s also helpful when establishing calluses. Always have your guitar with you so you can practice pressing down the strings using proper fret hand chord formation.
    Practice. Practice. Practice. Practice makes perfect isn’t just some old wives’ tale. When practicing, strive for quality; if you practice sloppily you’ll be making bad habits permanent. A better aphorism in fact might be, “Practice makes permanent.” Also, just as weight-training athletes rotate their exercises, focusing on one part of the body one day, it’s possible to practice passages focusing on different aspects – tone, smoothness, speed, accuracy. By concentrating on different practice facets of the music separately, you can hone your skills and improve your overall playing!
    Play along with CD vers

  14. xariazs said :

    Here you can learn how to play guitar and anything else you like

  15. g g said :

    go to websites and learn tabs instead of notes.

  16. it's beautiful said :

    find songs that have a pattern and some of the same chords. And also buy a chord chart. you can play a lot of songs with just a couple chords.

  17. chris said :

    practice and don’t listen to the dumb shits that tell you the guitar hero helps there just a buch of idiots

  18. yellowbrushter said :

    i play guitar and i’ve been playing for 3 months and ive gotten pretty good. My first tip would be to learn the Major Chords (A,B,C,D,E,F,G) after that try minor chords and sevenths, my second tip would be to find a good teacher if you don’t want a teacher and want to learn by yourself learn how to read tabs and then you can learn songs. The best Site for tabs is

    Good luck and buy a tuner to make sure your guitar is in tune or else it will sound terrible

  19. stanleys_2001 said :

    Things take time.

    Knowing the piano and violin will help.

    Relate your keyboard knowledge to the fretboard.

    Music theory is music theory, regardless of the instrument.

    Pick which aspect of the guitar you wish to focus on… and start there.

    Good luck.

    I went the other way… I started with GUITAR and gravitated to PIANO.

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  21. donald r said :

    Well the way I and many friends have learned to play guitar is by using “tabs” Just go to Yahoo or whatever search engine and type in guitar tabs. They are very easy to read and a very fast way to learn to play songs. But if your more interested in learning chords and read actual guitar music i suggest you take guitar lessons. If that isn’t a choice then I would suggest to find a friend or someone who can play and ask them to help you learn.

    I hope my answer is helpful.

  22. licence2chillon said :

    you cant learn as quickly as i think your hoping, but a teacher is the quickest (relatively)

  23. Peck Park P said :

    Well if you want to learn certain songs that are on the radio now kind of thing- I found the best way is to go to and search under the song title WITH key words of “learn on guitar”; and most people post a video of them playing the song with stop and freeze frames showing you finger position- also done for piano formats too.
    Next way is to get a video- humans tend to learn in their adult years only visually and even if you can read music- the fingering and tuning and rhythm of playing a guitar takes a few months just to get the basics; but if you can watch a pro do it on a video format- then tends to speed up the process. If you took lessons – most all instuctors what to teach you rote- basics before you can learn a song; then you learn a banal song like “Merrily We Roll Along” or “Darling Clementine”‘ when you really want to just learn the song that you listen to on the radio all the time or learn a lead guitar riff ala Eddie Van Halen and just want to learn the fingering and you just practice that over and over until you get it right. OPEN CHORDS are the easiest to learn– this is when you don’t have to have all your fingers touching different frets ; but one index finger goes over 3 or 4 strings on the same fret bar- you do need to learn the basics of fret, tuning – the keys/notes on the string- if you are using 6 or 12 string or even a 9 string (known as a Chapman Sticks guitars) also if you are going to be using an electric or acoustic guitar. Trey Gun of King Crimson/David Bowie always uses a nine string.
    Open chords- singer/songwriters Dolly Parton (she can keep her long nails she says), Sting and the famous open chord guitar player is Joni Mitchell. You is best place to get FREE guitar lessons:-)

  24. Will said :

    Ignore the nay-sayers! Get a guitar and play it constantly. You already understand music – notes, chords, timing and rhythm. You just need to learn some mechanics of your new instrument. Two weeks and you’re rockin. I guess it depends on what you want to play. If you mean rock guitar, two weeks is totally doable. I’m talking rock rhythm guitar. Beatles, Foo Fighters, Green Day sort of stuff.

    The very best things you could do are: play constantly and find a better guitar player to play with. Luckily, they’re both really fun. 🙂

    Since you already know about playing music, you really only need to do three things to bring the rock: Build up hand strength, learn barre chords, and learn a few strums.

    If you play every day for two hours, you can absolutely be playing a boat load of rock songs in two weeks. For the first 5-7 days, you need to play until it hurts and then play a little more! Your posture and grip will really help extend this time.

    good luck.

  25. johnlauriee said :

    You can search for advice on programs or courses that help you learn guitar. Many sites have reviews of what they deem the best programs, such as

  26. Kevin S said :


    This site for me has been really useful and has many resources. I like it because of all of the videos, and video categories. Plus it has a search function.

    It has everything with tags for “guitar” which make it easier finding guitar related material unlike other video sites like youtube.

    On you can find everything from the most basic of beginner videos, to advanced stuff, guitar reviews, amp reviews and more. I found this site a while back and have been visiting it every day since then. I go there to learn to play songs, get equipment reviews, and also to vote. sponsers someone off of youtube each week and posts them as the “weekly streamer”

    This is kindof cool and gives people a change to make it off the youtube site and onto other pages as well.

    I noticed when I first started going to a few weeks ago, that there were changes being made to the page every day. I think the site is fairly new, but again has given me answers to most all of the questions I had that were guitar related. If you don’t see something you are looking for, just use the search.

    Some Main things on

    1. Acoustic covers and tutorials
    2. Guitar Lessons
    3. Tabs / Covers / Lessons / Workships
    4. Guitar information such as Repair / Reviews

    Content seems to be updated daily, search tags show new things so I don’t get stuck on searching myself, or trying to find something I would like to learn. I simply go to their page and get great suggestions.

    I have sent an email to the admin and got a fast personal response as well.

    Something I really like to see…. Great page with great guitar content, of which most of the time has had exactly what I am looking for and more.

    I noticed there is also a new section that is a web forum area, and rumored a classifieds posting section for guitars and equpt coming soon.

    On the email reply I received from

    I was told that there would also be another place added soon for everyone to upload their own guitar videos and tutorials.

    Definatly a website worth bookmarking in my browser, and hopefully it will be as much help to you. It is web pages like this I think that really help out by keeping so much information in one place. Thank you !

    Sorry to sound like I am boasting this site, but I love it, and it has shown me a lot of new things and I have learned to play a lot of new songs this way. Seeing a video is much easier to learn guitar.

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