Learning Guitar Is Hard, Mastering It May Take A Lifetime to Accomplish, That Is Assuming It Is Possible At All…
So, with all that in mind, are you sure you still want to learn to play the thing?
Many say that learning guitar is easy. Some even go as far as saying that you can master the instrument in 24 hours or less.
Honestly, I don’t know what prompted them to make such outlandish claims. Maybe there are people who were born with an uncanny, super-human ability so they can learn guitar at such an astonishing pace. Or maybe it’s just a good old marketing ploy aimed to generate buzz and lure people into buying something. Who knows?
But, whatever the case may be, as far as I know, skill that involves complex hands and eyes coordination, not to mention a good sense of rhythm and timing such as playing guitar, is hard to learn. Mastering it is even harder, way much harder and there’s always a chance that you may never be able to achieve it.
Bear in mind that I am not saying all this to demotivate you or belittle your ability to learn. I am just telling things as is, from a mere mortal’s perspective that is. so that you can have a realistic idea on what to expect when learning guitar – assuming that like me, you are a human too…
That said, although not easy, it is not impossible to become good at playing guitar!
You just need to learn the skill from the ground up and working your way up the ladder systematically one step at a time.
“From the ground up, what do you mean?”, you might ask.
You see, learning guitar is very much like building a house. You’d want to make really sure that you indeed build it on top of a good, rock-solid foundation, or else…
Mind you, when I say “foundation”, I am not referring to learning a couple of basic chords or a simple scale. Instead, I am referring to more fundamental aspects of learning guitar:
Sure, learning where the notes are on the fretboard and how chords are constructed on the guitar doesn’t sound dandy or sexy. Many tend to neglect and downplay the importance of these two pillars of learning guitar.
But if you are clueless about the two, if you have no idea:
- where, for instance, all the C, the G, or the E notes are on your guitar’s fretboard, or
- if you constantly need to look up it in your guitar chords book each time someone ask you to play new chords
then you really won’t get far as a guitar player no matter how impressive your guitar playing techniques might be and this is a guarantee! Sooner rather than later, your rhythm is going to sound dull and less to be desired. As for your lead guitar solos, they will sound just like anybody else’s. They may be technically breathtaking and all that, but they will be lacking soul and originality.
This may or may not be a problem for you. If your goal in learning guitar is just to have fun with your friends and impress your mom, then you have nothing to worry about. You can learn to play guitar any way you like.
But if your goal in learning guitar involves anything that is more serious than trying to wow your mom, then you’d want to ensure that your guitar foundation is as solid as a diamond.
By the way, just to be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to make your mom proud of you, I still try to do it whenever I can after all these years 😀 , it’s only a metaphor…
In my humble attempt to help someone out there learn guitar, I wrote two books on:
- how to “memorize” notes on your guitar’s fretboard without rote memorization, and
- how to build any chord, anywhere on the fretboard with ease
I sincerely think that the books can seriously help you forge a rock-solid, diamond-hard guitar foundation in the most effective and efficient way. But, don’t take my word for granted. You can learn more about the two books here and here and judge it for yourself.