How long does it take to learn to play guitar?

I am 22 years old and have never played in my life. I’d like to learn to play electric guitar, and was pondering whether I should buy one to learn. How long would it take for me to become an average player, and what are some good ways to learn without lessons?

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7 Responses to “How long does it take to learn to play guitar?”

  1. Stratplayer2010 said:

    It depends on how much you practice, you can get really good in a few years if you practice everyday. It all depends on effort, and talent haha, if you don’t have natural talent, then work your butt off!!!

    All-Guitar-Chords.com is a great place to learn basic chords and scales

    also try youtube lol

  2. Veggie! said:

    The basics don’t take long.
    I’m thirteen and I’ve been playing for three years and I’m still learning.
    It all depends how much effort you’re going to put into it.
    Go to different chord websites and learn songs you think will be fun.
    Good luck!

  3. being a dumbass is an artform said:

    you learn new stuff everyday, so its impossible to say how long.

  4. Tory R said:

    I started out playing an acoustic guitar it took me about 1 yr to learn all the basic chords then i switched to electric. I tought myself how to play by the internet an looking up easy songs on ultimate-guitar.com and putting random chords together.

  5. The Speaker Reaper said:

    if you really wanna master the instrument, you’ll never stop learning new ways to adapt and improve. so to answer your question: as with even the very best of guitarists, it should take you the entirety of your life.

  6. Caleb W said:

    Honestly, you will never stop learning new stuff once you start. That is, if your looking to be better than just “good.” as far as chords go, one year should give you a pretty good grasp of it. Theory, Sweeping, alternate picking, Tapping, Sweep Tapping, and every other trick will take devoted practice in that particular area for a long time. The biggest problem you will have at first is changing from basic chords.

  7. apostole55 said:

    About 45 minutes, or else everyone and their uncle wouldn’t play it. = ) Really though, 45 minutes to get basics if you’re a quick learner.




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