How To Play Guitar For Beginners

So you’ve finally taken the leap and decided that today’s the day you’re going to start to learn how to play guitar – right on!

Learning how to play guitar will give you an incredibly rewarding skill for life, and once you know how to play, you’ll find that having a guitar is like having good friend and constant companion (I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true!)

First off, let me tell you that you’ve made a good choice – the guitar is one of the friendliest instruments around, and it’s relatively easy to make fun, satisfying sounds pretty quickly. In fact, you can be playing chords and strumming along to some of your favorite songs within a few days (though your fingers may hurt a little: more on this later).

One of the great things about learning to play guitar today is that there’s never been more educational information available. Here’s the flip side, though: it can be totally overwhelming – how do you even know where to start?

If you’re serious about learning guitar, the most important thing you need to get started, other than an overall love of music and the instrument, is a basic blueprint, or plan – a roadmap for where you want to go. This should be in the form of an incredibly simple list that you can always refer to when you get stuck, or lost, to remind you what you’re trying to do.

Here are the basic steps involved in learning how to play guitar for beginners, boiled down to just the absolute essentials, so it’s not overwhelming:

  1. Learn Guitar Chords
  2. Learn How To Strum
  3. Learn Guitar Songs
  4. Learn To Play Guitar Solos

Yup – that’s it. Obviously, there’s going to be more to learn about playing the guitar down the road, but I think that you’ll find that this is plenty to chew on for now. Write these down on a post-it (the best plans all fit on post-its) and stick it somewhere you’ll see it every day.

Okay, now let’s take a closer look at each of these points, starting with learning how to play guitar chords…