Learning Guitar for Beginners

9 Essential Steps to Learn to Play Guitar
James Delaney BY JAMES DELANEY 07 OCTOBER 2021
Learning Guitar for Beginners
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Learning to play the guitar is not the hardest thing for a beginner, but to start this process. And that's because a novice guitarist may not have clear answers to many essential questions related to the study of guitar if he does not do a thorough research on several sites. Learning to play the guitar can become frustrating even during the study if the answers to these questions are incorrect or are misleading. Although many people start learning to play the guitar, if they do not follow a well-established plan and do not have the necessary patience, unfortunately many of them give up after the first months.

When you decide to learn to play the guitar, you may not know what to start with.

From the initial question ("what would be the best way to learn to play the guitar") other questions branch out:

» Is it better to learn with an instructor, face to face, or can I learn from home, through an online guitar course?

» Should I learn music theory first?

» Between learning chords first and then songs, what would be the best option?

» If I like different musical styles, what should I start with? With blues, rock, pop, folk, country?

And so on. There are many questions that can be intimidating, to which there are no clear answers and that can make you delay the start of learning the guitar.


Whenever we want to accomplish something complex, in order to have greater chances of success we must think the whole process in perspective, and, at the same time, be aware that we must allocate time and have patience. The same applies to learning to play the guitar. The truth is that there are no shortcuts or substitutes, and the main question is not how to learn to play the guitar as fast as possible, but how to learn as efficiently as possible.

Next, we present you the main ideas and we will go through some tips & tricks that will help you start playing the guitar in the right way and will make the learning guitar process efficient, well organized, and enjoyable at the same time.

1. Choose the right guitar and familiarize with it

First of all, you have to decide what you want to start with acoustic or electric guitar. They do not exclude each other, you can start with one of them and after a while to play both. Similar in operation, they have both 6 strings (for classical variants, but there are also guitars with 7 strings or 12, which are not the subject of this article), but the differences between an acoustic guitar and an electric one can be decisive for a beginner:

- an acoustic guitar can be handled more easily at first, because it only needs to be tuned, and the sound propagates through the resonant box, while an electric guitar must be attached to an amplifier;

- the strings of the acoustic guitar are usually further away from the fretboard, which requires a greater pressing force.

We must also take into account a few physical factors when choosing a guitar: if you have a small hand you will have to choose a smaller guitar, if you are left-handed you will have to choose a left-handed guitar (you can not just reverse the strings a right-handed guitar, because it cannot be tuned perfectly in this new configuration).

2. Set an optimal learning environment

3. Start with the basic guitar techniques

4. Expand your skills by learning songs

5. Practice every day

6. Be patient