December 2016

Learn Guitar Online – 99% of Guitarists Will Never Learn These Killer Lead Guitar Secrets

Learn Guitar Online – 99% of Guitarists Will Never Learn These Killer Lead Guitar Secrets
By Mike P Hayes

Must Know Lead Guitar SecretsThere seems to be an awful lot of confusion as to how to go about playing solos and backup guitar and judging by the amount of correspondence I receive each week I think it’s time to put the record straight!

It’s no wonder the novice guitarist becomes overwhelmed, there appears to be so much to learn; an endless array of guitar techniques to master, piles and piles of scales and theory to learn… the newbie player can literally spend a fortune on books, DVDs and lessons as well as spending countless hours of practice time and never make any significant improvement in the lead guitar department.

But what if there was a much easier (and better) way of learning to play lead guitar? The good news is there are many ways to learn to play guitar so let’s leave all that other hard, boring and ineffective stuff behind and take fresh approach.

Lead guitar concepts:

Playing music has nothing to do with techniques; all the bends, slides, finger tapping etc., in the world does not mean a thing if what you are playing has nothing to do with the song.

When you solo or fill-in it should be a natural development of the material IN the song, not something clever sliced onto the song.

Music is about storytelling

Always think of a song as a story being told and your role as a musician is to participate in the musical conversation.

* play fill-ins etc., in the spaces when there is a break in the vocals… use rhythmic phrases from the tune to help shape your solo.

* analyze the intervals used in the tune… take these melodic musical “cells” and feature these intervals in your solo that way your solo will relate to the MELODY of the song.

* scales can free your fingers and freeze your brain, scales are no more than your musical alphabet, in the hands of a skilled musician scales can be music, just as a skilled writer can use our English alphabet to communicate ideas.

* practice playing melodies by ear… try to find them by ear.

* practice playing a chord… then sing or hum a short melody (approximately 4-6 notes)… next try to find your melody on the guitar; with practice this will get easier.

As these ideas crystallize in your mind you will notice a marked improvement in your guitar playing, your playing will naturally become more musical, more logical and most importantly you will play with more feel and you will begin to get an emotional response for your listeners.

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Learn Guitar Lesson – 99% of Guitarists Will Never Learn These Killer Rhythm Guitar Secrets

Learn Guitar Lesson – 99% of Guitarists Will Never Learn These Killer Rhythm Guitar Secrets
By Mike P Hayes

Rhythm Guitar Secrets ExposedA great rhythm guitarist can make his or her presence felt without soloing; like a football lineman you know he’s there because of the integrity of the group not because he scores in solo displays.

Most guitar players are happy if they know the chord shape for the song but there’s a lot more to playing rhythm guitar than kockin’ off a few generic chord shapes.

Problem #1: How do you keep out of the other guitarist’s way, especially when they are playing chords.

Problem #2: How do you make common ‘garden variety’ chords sound fresh and exciting.

Problem #3: How do you create a transparent rhythm guitar part that enables the listener to focus on the primary material ‘the story’.

These are just some of the issues a serious advancing guitarist must learn to overcome in order to become a competent rhythm guitarist.

But what if there was an easy way to learn how to play chords on guitar, the good news is there are many ways to solve these problems, here is just one of the possible solutions.

Let’s take a ‘real world’ example:

The key of “E” is a popular key that guitarist’s like to play in.

Step 1: Learn all the standard chords in the harmonized scale of E.

E major scale harmonized would produce the following chords:

E – F#m – G#m – A – B – C#m – D#dim – E

These chord shapes can be readily found in any songbook or basic ‘how to play’ guitar method book… and that’s where the problem begins; everyone has the same information and is playing the same chord shapes (and sounding the same!)

Step 2: Learn to ‘open’ up the basic chords by adding ‘drone strings’ or ‘common notes’ to the basic chord shapes.

The best way to create your own ‘common note’ chords is to modify the standard chord shapes by adding the first and fifth notes of the scale to your basic harmony.

Here’s how…. the E major scale consists of the following notes:

E-F#-G#-A-B-C#-D#-E; therefore the first and fifth notes of that scale would be: E & B

Next modify your basic chord shapes to allow the notes E & B to be included in every chord in the key of ‘E’; preferably as the highest sounding notes of the chord.

In this instance the first string open is ‘E’ and the second string open is ‘B’.

Here is one way we could modify our standard chord shapes.

F#m (standard version)

-2–
-2–
-2–
-4–
-4–
-2–

F#m (drone string version)

-0–
-0–
-2–
-4–
-4–
-x–

some more examples for you to try…

G#m (standard version)

-4–
-4–
-4–
-6–
-6–
-4–

G#m (drone string version)

-0–
-0–
-4–
-6–
-6–
-x–

With a bit of practice these new chords will become easier and sound much more professional than the basic shapes.

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Learn Guitar Lesson – Unlock Your Guitars’ Secret Today – Understand How Chords Work

Learn Guitar Lesson – Unlock Your Guitars’ Secret Today – Understand How Chords Work
By Mike P Hayes

How guitar chords workHave you ever heard of an acoustic phenomenon called phase cancellation? Unless you are a recording engineer you probably haven’t heard about phase cancellation and are wondering what it has to do with playing guitar.

Essentially phase cancellation is like an audio ‘black hole’ or ‘blind spot’ where sound actually disappears, understanding how phase cancellation works can help you understand how to get the best sound from your group or recording project.

Here’s a very simplified explanation of how it works on the guitar and then I’ll give you some musical examples on how to avoid this problem, I certainly wish I knew this stuff when I started it would have saved me thousands of dollars and countless hours of frustrated guitar playing.

When two guitarist play the same chord in the exact same position on the guitar using the same chord voicing the resulting effect is similar to phase cancellation whereby the sound actually gets smaller! The result to the ears is a very thin and unnatural, hollow, sound.

Most guitarists are not aware of this issue, once you know what you are listen for you can spot the problem immediately. Anyone how has ever heard a room full of guitarists will know that twenty guitars are not necessarily better than one.

I initially discovered the phase cancellation problem when I bought my first four track recorder, naturally I thought four tracks of guitar would be much better than one track… wrong!

At first I thought I was losing my hearing or certain frequencies in my hearing at least; long story short, I ending up solving my problem (or so I thought) by trading in my four track and buying an eight track recorder; unfortunately my musical problems where only more obvious… the sounds became smaller and thinner despite substantial amounts of electronic outboard effects and numerous additional guitar tracks.

In hindsight it’s obvious that my lack of understanding of how basic acoustics principle work was the problem not lack of musical knowledge.

Here’s some practical ideas for you to try:

The following chord progression could be played a number of ways here are just some of the possible ways to create interesting,full guitar chords for group playing or recording projects.

Chord progression

E /// | A2 /// |

Guitar 1: E

E

-0-

-0-

-1-

-2-

-2-

-0-

Guitar 2: E

E

-0-

-0-

-9-

-9-

-7-

-0-

Guitar 1: A2

A2

-0-

-0-

-2-

-2-

-0-

-x-

Guitar 2: A2

A2

-0-

-0-

-9-

-7-

-0-

-x-

If you are using two guitars the idea is have each guitar play a chord voicing (chord shape) that is not too close to the other guitar.

In the examples above I have the two guitar playing shapes that are far apart you could use many other versions that have the guitars playing closer together for a tighter sound.

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Learn Guitar Lesson – 1 Simple Blues Tip Cuts Down Hours Of Guitar Practice Learn The 1 Simple Tip

Learn Guitar Lesson – 1 Simple Blues Tip Cuts Down Hours Of Guitar Practice Learn The 1 Simple Tip
By Mike P Hayes

Blues Scale PatternLearning to playing the blues should be easy, especially on the guitar; if there is one instrument that seems to be made for blues it’s the guitar. Why then do so many players struggle to learn the most basic riffs?

You probably know someone who has been playing guitar for several years but still can’t play the blues convincingly, they probably have several DVD’s, lots of books and TAB sheets and usually they are also the proud owner of a number of cool guitars; however they still can’t play anything that even vaguely resembles the blues.

Music is a language and the most obvious place to start should be to learn that language, however the majority of guitarists are total strangers to the language of music, sure they know lots of snippets of stuff, a fast run, a fancy scale, a handful of jazzy chords and heaps of other random information.

The keyword here is ‘random’; if you were to learn a pile of random words from a dictionary without knowing their meaning or without developing the necessary skills of being to assemble these words into a meaningful sentence you would not be able to communicate your ideas clearly.

Guitarists who have not learned the basics of the language of music always remains as musical fringe dwellers unable to participate in create meaningful music with other musicians.

Here’s one simple tip to get you off to the best possible start with your blues playing, understanding this one easy musical fact of life will save you literally hours of frustration.

Blues Tip: Learn the keynote position in your scale pattern.

(a) Every scale has a keynote (root note) i.e., a keynote is the same name as the scale you are playing, if you are playing the ‘G’ Blues scale then the keynote would be the note ‘G’; if you wanted to play the ‘F’ blues scale the keynote would be the note ‘F’.

(b) Since the focus in this article is playing the blues obviously the essential scale to learn and master would be the blues scale.

(c) the most common fingering pattern for the blues scale is:

Blues scale pattern key of ‘F’.

Step 1: first finger at the first fret, sixth string

Step 2: fourth finger at the fourth fret, sixth string

Step 3: first finger at the first fret, string five

Step 4: second finger at the second fret. string five

Step 5: third finger at the third fret, string five

Step 6: first finger at the first fret, string four

Step 7: third finger at the third fret, string four

(d) the keynotes of this scale pattern are first finger, first fret, string six and third finger, third fret on string four.

(e) here is an easy reference guide to help you locate the names of the notes and their position on string six.

String six notes (thickest string)

open string = E

fret position

1 = F

2 = F#/Gb

3 = G

4 = G#/Ab

5 = A

6 = A#/Bb

7 = B

8 = C

9 = C#/Db

10 = D

11 = D#/Eb

12 = E

Once you can identify where the keynotes are in the scale it is a simple of moving this scale shape all over the guitar fretboard to accommodate the various musical settings you will find yourself in with singers and other instrumentalists.

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Learn Guitar Lesson – Ridiculously Easy Chords To Learn And Play in Songs

Learn Guitar Lesson – Ridiculously Easy Chords To Learn And Play in Songs
By Mike P Hayes

Easy Play Guitar ChordsHave you ever downloaded an “easy play” guitar method from the Internet or browsed through a “simple” beginner’s guitar instruction book at a music store? I’m sure you have… and I’m also certain you were disappointed to find how hard these “easy play” methods are.

I know from my own early experiences trying to play the guitar that one of the biggest stumbling blocks is trying to cope with difficult chord shapes; just recently I though I’d do some research to see if anything had changed over the past ten years, surely with all the new advancements in technology and the ability to instantly access information worldwide things should have advanced in guitar instruction!

Well, long story short… it hasn’t, “easy” guitar methods are just as hard as ever with the only change I can report is there’s a lot more of them!

Here’s the musical facts of life to get you off to the best possible start with your guitar playing:

1. A guitarist must first learn to develop their beat… it does not matter how many chords a guitarist knows if they can’t feel the rhythm and develop their groove.

2. Guitarists can NEVER develop their sense of rhythm while struggling with difficult chord shapes.

3. People respond to music in this order (a) rhythm; then (b) melody and lastly (c) harmony.

Notice how rhythm is first in the list!

O.K., how do we overcome this issue of difficult chord shapes, the good news is there are many ways to play easy chord shapes on the guitar; here are just a few to get you started.

G

-3–

-0–

-0–

-0–

-x–

-x–

Em

-0–

-0–

-0–

-2–

-2–

-0–

C

-0–

-1–

-0–

-x–

-x–

-x–

D

-2–

-3–

-2–

-0–

-x–

-x–

Learning how to play these chord shapes will allow you to play many songs.

Concept 1: The idea is to learn easy chord shapes so you can concentrate on your beat.

Concept 2: Once you have master these shapes practice them in common chord sequences called ‘chord progressions’.

Concept 3: Apply these chord progressions to songs.

Here is an example of a common chord progression using these simple shapes.

G /// | Em /// | C /// | D /// |

The song “Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam has this exact same progression throughout the entire song.

Summary: The trick with learning easy chord shapes on guitar is to know how each chord is spelt, every chord has it’s own unique spelling, once you know the names of the notes that make up a particular chord you can design or re-design a chord shape to suit your fingers.

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Learn Guitar Lesson – How To Play Amazing Guitar Solos Using Simple Chord Shapes

Learn Guitar Lesson – How To Play Amazing Guitar Solos Using Simple Chord Shapes
By Mike P Hayes

Play amazing guitar solosWhat is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of playing a lead guitar solo? 98% of guitarists would immediately think of some scale or scale pattern; very few would think of using chord shapes.

Here is a very simple yet effective way to create powerful, musical solos…

Step 1: Begin with the basic chord progression of the song you want to solo over.

I’ll use a simple three chord progression in the key of G.

G /// | D /// | C /// | C /// |

Step 2: Design a variety of chord shapes on a defined string grid.

String grids are essentially groups of three stings i.e., grid 1 = strings 1, 2 & 3; grid 2 = 2, 3 & 4; grid 3 = 3, 4 & 5 grid 4 = 4, 5 & 6.

Since we are working on lead guitar solos I would recommend using string grid 1.

Step 3: Using voice leading principles create your chord shapes from a predetermined point on the string grid; the best way to make sure you have all your options covered is to begin with the first chord and find as many ways to play this chord on the string grid you have selected.

Using string grid 1 (strings 1,2&3) I’m going to indicate all the possible ways to play the “G” chord.

G

-3–

-3–

-4–

-x–

-x–

-x–

G

-7–

-8–

-7–

-x–

-x–

-x–

G

-10-

-12-

-12-

-x–

-x–

-x–

Now that you have your three starting points the idea is to find the most musical way to play the other chords in your progression, voice leading will give you the most musically correct and best sounding set of chords.

The concept is to (a) identify the notes contained in each chord and (b) connect the notes from one chord to the next with the least possible movement.

Example 1:

G

-3–

-3–

-4–

-x–

-x–

-x–

the notes of this “G” chord are arranged in this order

G (string 1)

D (string 2)

B (string 3)

The notes of a “C” chord are C, E & G, since the note “G” is common to both chords we will begin there, next connect the ‘B” note of the “G” chord to the “C” note in the “C” chord; finally move the “D” note of the “G” chord to the “E” note in the “C” chord.

Like this

G

-3–

-3–

-4–

-x–

-x–

-x–

C

-3–

-5–

-5–

-x–

-x–

-x–

Likewise you can create a smooth change from your “G” chord to your “D” like this…

G

-3–

-3–

-4–

-x–

-x–

-x–

D

-2–

-3–

-2–

-x–

-x–

-x–

How does this help you with your lead solos? Easy you simply pick any of the notes (strings) that are in your chord shapes.

Here is an example:

G chord = you could play

-3——

——3-

—4—-

——–

——–

——–

or

G chord = you could play

-3——-

—3—–

——4–

———

———

———

Try playing different string sequences and see how many new sounds you can come up with! Once you find a pattern you like change to the next chord in your chord progression and use the exact same picking sequence, then on to the next chord with the same picking sequence.

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Learn Guitar Lesson – Guitar Chords Made Ridiculously Simple

Learn Guitar Lesson – Guitar Chords Made Ridiculously Simple
By Mike P Hayes

Guitar Chords Made SimpleIt’s time to stop pulling your hair out with frustration trying to play difficult chord shapes on your guitar. Remember, we are supposed to be playing guitar for fun aren’t we?

Have ever wondered if you were really cut-out to play guitar, after all the guy’s and gal’s on the videos seem to make it look so easy!

Despite our best intentions the reality of guitar playing really hits home once we get our guitar out of the case; there’s sore fingers, impossible chord shapes and nothing seems to sound anything like remotely like music.

But what if there was an easy way to play chords on the guitar, well the good news is there are many ways to play easy chord shapes on the guitar here are just a few to get you started!

Here is a sample of a few “one finger” chords:

G

-3–

-0–

-0–

-x–

-x–

-x–

G7

-1–

-0–

-0–

-x–

-x–

-x–

Gm

-3–

-3–

-3–

-x–

-x–

-x–

“One finger” chords, I can’t possibly get any easier than that can it? How about a “no finger” chord!

Em

-0–

-0–

-0–

-x–

-x–

-x–

No kidding, that is a correct E minor chord without using any fingers.

Moving right along…

Another set of popular chords that turn up often in songs are “E” chords, here are a few “one fingered”, “E” chords for you to try.

Em7

-0–

-0–

-0–

-0–

-2–

-0–

E7

-0–

-0–

-1–

-0–

-x–

-x–

E

-0–

-0–

-1–

-x–

-x–

-x–

You can make any difficult chord shape easy to play once you understand which individual notes make up a particular chord, e.g., a “C” chord is usually quite difficult to play especially for newbie players, here is a simple one-finger version for you to try.

C

-0–

-1–

-0–

-x–

-x–

-x–

Now, it’s time you to expand your chord vocabulary how about some two fingered chords

Em

-0–

-0–

-0–

-2–

-2–

-0–

D69/F#

-0–

-0–

-2–

-0–

-x–

-2–

Don’t be put off by the complex chord name “D69/F#” this chord is really simple to play and works well with the “Em” chord, in fact these two chords are all you need to play the song “Horse With No Name” by the group America.

Horse With No Name

Em /// | D69/F# /// |

Next I’ve included a couple of two finger variations of popular chords for you to try.

C

-0–

-1–

-0–

-2–

-x–

-x–

D6

-2–

-0–

-2–

-0–

-x–

-x–

The “D6” makes for a good substitution for the standard “D” chord.

Summary: Chords are like musical words, once you learn how to spell a chord you will discover many new (and easy) ways of playing that chord on the guitar.

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Learn Guitar Lesson: Confused By Chords – 1 4 5 Unlocks Your Guitar’s Secret

Learn Guitar Lesson: Confused By Chords – 1 4 5 Unlocks Your Guitar’s Secret
By Mike P Hayes

Confused By Guitar ChordsOne of the most common ways to learn guitar is to buy a chord book and start learning shapes, this is the beginning of a life long quest searching for the lost chord.

Fortunately, most would-be guitarists give up their guitar playing adventures within a few short weeks (days for some), I say fortunately because they have been saved from the frustration and aggravation of learning to play guitar via the random chord system.

But what of the dedicated guitarist who dares to trod the “musical road less traveled?” How do these brave fledgling musicians learn to play music and master the guitar fretboard?

After thirty-five years of professional teaching I can honestly report that out of 100 newbie guitarists only 2% ever learn how to unlock the fretboard and understand how to apply the fundamentals of music to their chosen instrument.

Music is an endless journey, even the very best musicians have only scratched the surface of what is possible; there are countless harmonic options in music which equates to thousands of chord shapes on the guitar; how do you ever learn all this stuff?

The good news is you don’t have to know all the chords in a chord book to play music, if fact most of that information will not help you at all it will only serve to confuse you even more. There are many easy common sense ways to approach learning the guitar here is just one of the simple ways to learn chords.

Each key has seven chords that are created by stacking the notes of that scale on top of each other in thirds. It could be said that these seven chords are the ‘children’ of the scale.

Here is an example in the key of C major.

C Major scale: C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C

The seven chords created from the C major scale:

C – Dm – Em – F – G – Am – Bdim

Learning random chords is simply that…. random!

The most important thing to remember about learning chords is that it does not matter how many chords you know, it’s the knowledge of which chords go together that will enable you to play songs.

Tip 1: 99% of two chord songs use the 1st and 5th chords of a key.

Tip 2: 90% of three chord songs use the 1st, 4th and 5th chords of a key.

Tip 3: In a three chord song; if you are trying to decide whether the chord progression of a song moves from chord one to chord four or chord five use the following examples to help you decide.

Chord 1 moving to a chord 5 the sound drops down (5 has a heavier musical weight or density than 1.)

Chord 1 moving to a chord 4 the sound goes up (4 has less musical weight or density than 1.)

Summary: Learn the 1 – 4 – 5 chords in the most popular guitar friendly keys e.g., keys of G, D, A and E and you will be well on your way to playing many songs by ear.

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Learn Guitar Lesson: The Famous 5 Note Scale – Play Great Guitar Solos With Only Five Notes

Learn Guitar Lesson: The Famous 5 Note Scale – Play Great Guitar Solos With Only Five Notes
By Mike P Hayes

Great guitar solos.Some guitar players seem to pick up a guitar and start playing great solos without any effort, they hardly raise a sweat; other unfortunates struggle with their instrument all their life without making any noticeable progress.

I guess it just comes down to those that ‘have it’ can do it and the those who ‘don’t have it’ are never are able to do it.

WRONG!!!

It all comes down to ‘those that know how to do it’, can do it and ‘those who don’t know how to do it’ can’t. It has nothing to do with natural talent or any other ‘old wives’ tales about learning music.

Early on in my guitar playing adventures I was often puzzled by certain individuals who were ‘not the sharpest knives in the draw’, yet they could play really neat solos on the guitar, whilst I (who was taking music lessons) could only play a few kiddies tunes.

It turns out that a particular five note scale is the secret, which five note scale? The minor pentatonic scale.

Technically speaking any group of five notes could be called a pentatonic scale but the one that interest us as guitar players is the minor pentatonic scale.

Extensive research has revealed that the notes of the minor pentatonic scale can be found in almost every culture on earth, this is truly a universal scale and of course explains it’s popularity (both on guitar and in music.)

Music of the whole earth:

Here’s something to think about… in days gone by, people all over the world working in isolation (from each other) arrived at the same (or almost the same) set of notes.

Why five notes?… easy, people have five fingers.

Why do the notes(s) in the scale vary (slightly) from country to country? Again, that’s an easy one, it’s because of the size of the individual’s hand.

When a person in India is making a wooden flute the distance between the holes will be slightly differ to a flute made in Africa – it makes sense doesn’t it? The instrument maker would craft their instrument to suit the size and shape of their hand(s), this accounts for some slight variations in the same set of ‘universal’ notes.

The amazing discovery is that people all over the world have been searching for a particular set of notes that all feel ‘right’. It’s as if we all come to the planet with the music inside us, it’s just a matter of working out how to get the music out.

Now, let’s take a look at the famous five notes of the minor pentatonic scale; I’ll use the “F” minor pentatonic scale for demonstration purposes.

The notes of the “F” minor pentatonic are:

F minor pentatonic scale = F – Ab – Bb – C – Eb – (F)

If you are familiar with minor scales on the guitar you will realize that the minor pentatonic scale could be created by modifying the ‘natural minor scale’.

F natural minor scale = F – G – Ab – Bb – C – Db – Eb – (F)

By omitting the second and sixth notes we produce the “F” minor pentatonic scale.

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Learn Guitar Lesson – How Long Will It Take To Learn Guitar

Learn Guitar Lesson – How Long Will It Take To Learn Guitar
By Mike P Hayes

How long will it take to learn guitar.I’m sure it’s on every newbie guitarist’s mind as they set out on their guitar playing adventures, “I wonder how long this will take?” It seems like a simple enough question but the answers can be quite complex and depend on what you hope to achieve.

How long it takes to play guitar depends on…

1. What skills you need to learn.

The type of skills you will need to acquire on guitar will depend entirely on your goals; here is a sample list of questions for you to consider before buying a guitar.

* Do you want to learn a few simple chords so that you can accompany yourself when you are singing?

* Do you want to play complex lead guitar solos?

* Is your goal to be a non-professional, semi-professional or professional guitarist/musician.

Answers: If your goal to learn a few open string chords to accompany your vocals, it should only take about four to six weeks, the biggest obstacles to overcome will be:

(a) sore fingers

(b) learning easy chord shapes

(c) understanding how chord progressions work so that you can learn and memorize songs quickly.

If you want to play lead guitar in a rock, metal or country band give yourself twelve to eighteen months to get the basics under your belt. Guitarists who want to play guitar as a profession need to know that it’s a lifelong study that never ends.

Now that we have discussed general time frames for learning guitar, let’s take a realistic look at whether you will be able to achieve your goals.

2. How committed are you?

Before you waste your time and money you need to ask yourself the following questions and be brutally honest with your answers.

How focused are you?

Are you easily distracted?

Are you internally or externally motivated?

If you are the type of person who is easily distracted by the latest “new” thing, resign yourself to being part of the audience and save yourself a lot of frustration and money.

When you take up the study of a musical instrument what you end up learning most about is yourself, music is a discipline; if you don’t have much of that quality… guitar and music is NOT for you.

On the other hand, if you are a dedicated, focused person who can apply themselves… welcome to the guitar playing club!

Summary: Obviously, the question of how long it will take to learn guitar is an individual matter, the key is to be patience with yourself and take “baby steps”.

The truly talented player is the person who has the ability to work harder than anyone else!

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