Does learning the guitar have to be a painful, slow-going process? No.
Is it possible to pick up the guitar quickly? Well, that depends. There are a lot of variables that factor into how fast you learn, including personal goals, practice habits, teachability, and more.
If you have no desire to become the next guitar hero, then getting to where you want to go may not require that great of a sacrifice. Most beginning guitar players can figure out the basics of picking, strumming, power chords and open chords in a relatively short amount of time, as long as they practice consistently.
On the other hand, if you have aspirations of achieving your personal best or becoming a guitar legend, then there truly is no limit to how deep the instrument goes. There are far too many styles, genres and techniques for anyone to be able to pick it all up overnight.
What it comes down to is you. How fast are you willing to learn, and how much time and effort are you willing to put into it to get to where you want to go?
“Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.” – Jimi Hendrix
8 Ways to Learn the Guitar Fast
If you are serious about learning the guitar quickly, here are several steps that you can take to reach your goals faster.
- Practice every day: set aside at least an hour to practice every single day. Make sure that your practice time is focused.
- Surround yourself with resources: it’s not all going to make sense at first, and that’s totally fine. Find magazines, books, DVDs, websites and other tools you can delve into and learn from.
- Listen to your favorite guitarists: listen to music that prominently features the guitar on a regular basis. Engage in the listening, and don’t just make it a passive process.
- Watch other players: watching guitar players will prove vital to your development. You need not be able to do what they do; simply observing and absorbing their playing will help your development.
- Visualize: see yourself playing like the guitar player you one day hope to be in your mind’s eye. Visualization is an important part of achieving your goals.
- Seek out teachers: working with a qualified teacher can help with accountability, ultimately moving you closer to your goals with increased speed. However, just about anyone that plays guitar can teach you something. Seek out people you know that play guitar and take the time to learn from them.
- Jam with others: jamming with others provides you with the motivation you need to become better. After all, if you can’t follow along with other players, you won’t enjoy yourself as much. You’ll begin to look for creative solutions you may not have thought of otherwise.
In conclusion, don’t compare your progress with anyone else’s. Everybody’s journey is their own, and it’s okay if yours doesn’t look exactly like theirs.