Exactly How Long Does it Take to Learn Guitar?

How long is a piece of string?

Seriously though, “how long does it take to learn the guitar?” is a question that I hear and get asked all the time, and really there isn’t a definite answer. It all depends on how your learning, how often your learning, and sometimes how good your guitar is.

If your teaching yourself, expect it to take longer than if you had a private tutor teaching you, and likewise if you only have 10 minutes a day to practice, don’t expect to learn as fast as someone who can practice for 4-5 hours a day.

However, there are some things you should consider if you want to learn to play quickly.

Try to learn good technique first time

Everyone struggles with some guitar techniques the first time they play; I know I had difficulty playing bar chords. Often though, when someone struggles to perform a certain technique or chord, they’ll move their hand(s) into an awkward position and be happy like that, so long as it sounds right.

As you get more experienced with playing the guitar, you’ll realize that everything you learn nicely comes together when you start to learn songs, and you’ll also find that some of your techniques may be bad, making it almost impossible to play a song well.

This is why you should figure out the best way to do something and learn it well, so you don’t have to break the habit later on.

Don’t play too fast!

When I say don’t play too fast, I don’t mean faster that the song itself, but rather faster than you can actually play it. If you try to play a song you’re learning at the same tempo as the recording and mess it up, then you should really try playing that song at a slower tempo, and then gradually get faster as you feel more comfortable with it.

It may seem harsh, but if you can’t play the song slowly, what chance do you have of playing it at normal speed?

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