How Long Does It Take To Learn Guitar

‘How long does it take to learn guitar?’ is a question asked by many people interested in taking up the instrument. Below are details on what you can reasonably expect to achieve with a little dedication. Of course, in reality it’s an impossible question to answer – everyone is different, and everyone has different ideas as to what being able to ‘play the guitar’ actually entails. For example, being able to strum a few chords is completely different to being able to play the Concierto de Aranjuez, and the latter would take considerably more time to accomplish than the former.

Well, How long does it take to learn guitar?!?

However, is is possible to give ‘ball park’ answers to the ‘How long does it take to learn guitar?’ question, and it all depends on your expectations …

Can You Learn Guitar In Two Weeks!?!

If you are learning the guitar in order to be able to accompany yourself singing a few songs then you could expect to be able to ‘play’ the guitar within a fortnight! Learning four of five chords and a basic strumming technique may well be adequate for your needs, at least to a very basic level. If you put the time in, although your fingers may be a little sore and the chord changes a little slow, it could be done.

How Long Does It Take To Learn Guitar

How Long Does It Take To Learn Guitar – Six Months?

If you are learning the guitar in order to play in a band then in theory you could be doing so within six months – perhaps even sooner. At the beginning of your guitar playing career it all comes down to how much time you can dedicate to practising … and this depends on what else you’ve got going on in your life at the time. Kids, work and modern life in general can make it very hard to set aside regular practice time. However, with fifteen to twenty minutes every day and longer whenever you can manage, after six months you’ll be able to play passable rhythm guitar and improvise some simple lead solos. If you are at school or college it may not seem like it, but you probably have the advantage of having more potential free time, so this should easily be possible. You won’t be Steve Vai just yet (no-one said this was going to be easy), but neither will you sound like an absolute beginner. You may even be coming up with your own riffs and perhaps starting to put songs together.

Classical guitarists will be able to play simple tunes, and have a basic understanding of reading music. Reading music is a major difference between the two disciplines – whilst it is not a requisite part of rock and pop guitar playing, for classical guitarists the reverse is true. In classical music the emphasis is on playing music as it is written (although in time you will realise that there is just as much potential for artistic expression), and learning a classical instrument tends to be more structured, with a recognised technique.

How Long Does It Take To Learn Guitar – A Year?

After a year’s worth of reasonably dedicated practice, you would be ‘gig-ready’. You may have been able to play gigs earlier – hopefully you have been – but after a year your guitar playing, depending on the material you are performing, would be strong enough that you would no longer appear to be a beginner. Perhaps a reasonable answer to ‘How long does it take to learn guitar?’ would be about a year to eighteen months.

How Long Does It Take To Learn Guitar es-175After a year or two, you’ll know more about where you want to go with the guitar. Perhaps you may decide that you’re happy at this level, and to remain a reliable, solid gigging musician. You may have decided that acoustic guitar is your thing, and that strumming chords and playing simple arpeggios is not quite enough – you need to be playing virtuoso solo pieces to hushed, admiring audiences. Or perhaps you’re a metal fan and want to concentrate on shredding, or maybe you’ve discovered a hitherto hidden desire to ditch the distortion and play jazz, or classical guitar. With the basics under your belt, now is the time to choose a path and go on to the next level.

Become A ‘Good’ Guitarist In Three To Four Years? – Sounds About Right.

Whichever path you take, and provided you are dedicated, and have the time to spend improving your playing (and have at least a small amount of natural talent), then within three to four years your playing would probably be at quite a high standard. You would be able to impress people with your guitar playing, express yourself through the instrument, and you might even be able to be making a living as a guitarist.

How Long Does It Take To Learn Guitar – Now Become A Great Guitarist

After three to four years, further improvements to your guitar playing tend to come in smaller increments – you will spend more time refining your playing, finding your own voice, identifying areas in your technique that need work and rectifying them. There are many, many good guitarists around, and far fewer exceptional players. In a way, this is where the real hard work comes in – having the confidence, dedication and ability to concentrate on the minutiae, in order to find a unique style and to master the instrument. Perhaps the answer to ‘How long does it take to learn guitar?’ in reality should be … ‘A lifetime’.

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4 Responses to How Long Does It Take To Learn Guitar

  1. Jones says:

    You can learn how to strum a few chords in one lesson. Your fingers will hurt until they harden up, but you’ll be able to play a lot of songs with just three or four chords. But you never stop learning – I’ve been playing for over ten years and still don’t consider myself better than average. However, I;ve taught kids who have become exceptional players in only a few years, so I guess what you’re saying is right. And it does depend on how strict you are and how much you put into it.

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  3. isaiah says:

    wow great motivational advice!!!

  4. Simon Guitar says:

    Good article. The guitar is easy to pick up and play, but difficult to master. The instrument has been a big part of my life and I’m glad I started playing those few chords all those years ago!

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