Just as the new year is starting, thousands of people worldwide will be picking up a new guitar and strumming away, trying to teach themselves how to play. Often, people will be disheartened by their lack of skill to start with and end up quitting before they can even play a couple of songs. This is really disappointing as being able to play an instrument is a very rewarding experience and often people like to have someone that can play around. Being able to play not only gives you something to show off and talk to people about, it brings a lot of musical joy and can even make you some extra cash by performing!
If you have recently bought a guitar and want to learn quickly, I always think that having tutorials are helpful and will advance your skill with the guitar in no time. In particular, this course on Beginner to Advanced Techniques will help you become a better player.
Whilst it takes a very long time to become highly proficient at any instrument or skill for that matter, you can get to a respectable level in guitar playing in less than a single year of regular practice. The rate you progress at really depends on how often you practice and what you practice. With the advent of YouTube and other video lesson websites, you can quickly find out how to play any song you want, with little to no fuss.
Most guitarists want to learn how to play rock songs, and we find that this Rock Course helps them play their favorite songs quickly and expertly. Generally, rock music is pretty easy to learn, as it is often simple and requires less skill than playing Country or Jazz music. If you just want to reach the level of guitar where you can play along with the rhythm sections of most guitar based songs, you might be able to do so in less than three months!
Practicing every day, or as regularly as possible is what makes you a good guitar player in the long run. If you manage to practice every day for 15 minutes, with proper practice methods, you will be a far superior guitar player than someone who practices for 60 minutes and doesn’t challenge himself or herself. Most people who try to teach themselves guitar will “practice” by playing things they already know how to play over and over again. This isn’t efficient and wastes a lot of time that you could use to teach yourself more advanced techniques or tracks.
The proper way to learn guitar is by figuring out specific patterns inside any song or technique that you want to learn and practicing only the pieces that you cannot do. A metaphor for this would be drawing. If you struggle with drawing noses, you don’t erase your entire drawing of the rest of the face each time you mess up when you draw a nose. It’s very difficult to stop yourself from reverting back to the start of the song and reassuring yourself by playing the pieces of music that you already know. Increasing your repertoire takes time and hard work and often people don’t want to spend the time improving their skills through practice.
Learning guitar is incredibly gratifying, yet very difficult once you get to the higher levels. Most musical instruments are graded from 1 – 8 and beyond 8 are equivalent to a PHD in that instrument. Time taken to attain these grades varies wildly from student to student but often it takes a month or two to reach Grade one and two. To reach the higher grades, with constant practice can take up to two or three years. Often, people like other genres than rock and try to learn fingerstyle guitar. This course in fingerstyle is a fantastic place to start
An often-cited piece of research is that to become a true expert in any given area, you must spend 10,000 hours actively practicing the skill. This is so true of guitar. I, myself, have been playing guitar since the age of around 6 and am only reaching the expert stage of guitar playing now, at 22. I have probably spent over 8,000 hours playing and practicing guitar and my progress has been fairly linear throughout this time. There’s no quick fix to becoming a guitar god, only long hours of hard practice.
There are other ways of gauging how far along the guitar skills scale you are, such as the RockSchool Musical Grading system, which is similar to standard ABRSM grades, yet they are focused on Rock music in general. Learning how to read sheet music and to read sheet music whilst playing along is less important when you are undertaking a RockSchool curriculum, whereas there is a much greater emphasis on technical proficiency and learning whole songs.
Don’t buy in to the hype and believe the advertisements that you see on the Internet about ” Unlocking The Secrets Of Guitar Playing In Just 5 Easy Steps”. These ads are just that – ads. There are no secrets, just good tutorials and lots of hard work with practice.
Overall, it can take just a few months to become fairly proficient at guitar. Often, once you start playing you will want to get better and better over time, spending years to master the art and craft of playing and trying to learn music theory. This is a fantastic course in the theory of music and will be a great foundation to launch your musical career on. I wish you the best of luck and remember, play to enjoy yourself!