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Learn To Play The Guitar

Nov 28, 2007
There are many different ways in which you can learn to play the guitar. Listed below are some different ways that you can try and see which method works the best for you as an individual.

Group Lessons

It can be less intimidating for a beginning musician to learn the guitar with a group of other people. It provides the benefit of having a teacher present to assist you and judge your progress. The only problem when taking guitar lessons in a group, is that the teacher is divided between a certain amount of people, so you will not receive as much personal attention as if you were to have a one-to-one teacher.

Private Lessons

Choosing the correct private tuition is certainly the best way to learn to play the guitar. The teacher can judge your progress on a weekly basis as well as custom design particular lessons for you. You can feel free to ask any questions, as you have the teachers undivided attention.

CD Lessons

There are a wide variety of CDs available to aid you in learning the guitar. The advantage of this type of learning process is that you can repeat the CD as many times as required. If any part of the CD is not clear then you simply listen to it again. However there are also disadvantages to learning from a CD. These include the songs, which may not be to your liking and there is more general instruction without any sure way of knowing how far you have got to in your musical journey.

DVD Lessons

The entire range of good and bad points are included on DVD instruction. The greatest advantage of learning to play the guitar by watching a DVD, is that you can see exactly what your instructor is doing. Visual learning goes far in answering the questions which may be burning in your mind.

Music Books

Learning to play the guitar with music books is time-honored. Books in different styles can be found. It is essential that you are capable of reading music in order to follow the books and to learn a song that you are not familiar with. It is difficult to achieve the correct song, if it is not known by the individual in the first place.


The internet is a wonderful way of learning to play the guitar in this modern day and age. There are an abundance of websites that offer instructions on how to play the guitar just as your favorite rock heroes do. There are a vast amount of membership sites available which ask for a small monthly fee whereby you can personally select the style of guitar playing that you desire.


Guitar playing buddies is something which should not be overlooked. Most guitar pickers are a friendly bunch who will be more than happy to help you along.

Slowing Down Recordings

It is possible to purchase software which slows down your favorite music. This will allow you to listen to each phrase at a speed which suits you.

Playing With Other People

By getting together with other people to learn to play the guitar is a very beneficial way of learning. It is also the fastest way to learn. You will certainly learn more by playing with other people than you ever will playing at home by yourself.

The method in which you decide to learn is a personal decision. Whichever method you choose, it is advised to practice four or five times a week for at least 30 minutes at a time. By doing this you will be playing the guitar before you know it.
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of MusicianHome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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