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How long did it take you to learn guitar?

i just got my acoustic guitar, and i’m 13. i played for the first time today, and i wanted to know how long it will take until i can actually play a song and feel comfortable playing because truthfully i currently suuuuck.- oh yeah and i dont have a teacher, im teaching myself with a book/dvd

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7 Responses to “How long did it take you to learn guitar?”

  1. KelseyCarissa..x3 said :

    To Be honest, I started when I was 4. And I quit.
    But I would Suggest playing by ear, just playing what you think sounds right, if you want to learn fast.

  2. Adam P said :

    i have my guitar a year now and im still learning, you will feel like smashing your guitar sometimes lol practice every day even if its for 5 minutes, dont just binge practice at the weekend, you will get there eventually and it is worth it

  3. y3ll0wn3ss said :

    Well I’m 16 and I’ve been playing for about 6 months and I guess I’m OK. Around where I’m supposed to be, maybe a little more since I play a lot. It took me a few days to learn my first song, Swing Life Away by Rise Against. It only uses Em, G, and Cadd9 over and over so you could look up the chords and try it. I’m self-taught too but right now I’m trying to find a teacher for music theory, you should probably learn the basics like chords and work on switching between them. Learn barre chords and maybe some easy solos and then maybe find a teacher, it’ll probably be a lot easier that way.

    It also depends on the person, no one is born more talented than someone else, but people can be born a faster learner than someone else. Talent is something you work for. Musicians usually run in blood so if you have a musician in the family, you might just have it easier. Also don’t get discouraged by learning a song, read tabs, and don’t just practice guitar, play guitar.

    Oh, and a valuable lesson: Beatles songs are GREAT for starting out.

  4. Ken C said :

    I’ve been playing for four decades, and I’m still learning!

    Yes, you’re going to suck when you start out. You’ll probably still suck on some level a few months from now, but eventually it starts to click and you’ll surprise yourself.

    I had piano lessons before I started guitar, so I could read music and had some theory under my belt, but otherwise I’m self taught as well.

    The best “learning” I’ve ever done is playing with other musicians.

    Give yourself a chance, and good luck to you.

    Greetings from Austin, TX


  5. fieryice said :

    Took me about 3 months to be able to play smoothly and that involves daily practice. Your fingertips will get callused and your skin will break but hang in there.

    Self-learning may take a bit longer but its not that tough.

  6. bob said :

    It took me a good year to play anything decent. Its easier nowdays though. Check out the site below. They teach all aspects of playing, you can even play with other tracks like a band. Using a system like this you could be playing pretty well in a couple of weeks.

  7. Rita said :

    One problem I have is my moirnng quiet time. I used to do it just before breakfast, but when J wakes up he insists on occupying the same space I do. I tried reading out loud to include him, but he is so squirmy, I can’t focus enough to meditate on what I’m reading. My solution is now to wake up even earlier, complete my quiet time before he wakes up. Then when he comes to join me, I can read TO him instead of attempting to read With him.


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