It is a common fantasy of many; you are at a party in a friends' house or maybe all sitting around a fire on a warm summer evening. Everyone is chilling out and having a good time when you reach for the guitar and casually strum a few, well-known, mellow tunes. Suddenly everyone looks at you in awe. There is just one problem - you can't actually play!
So, can I learn guitar?
Fear not. The scenario above is within your grasp. And it might only be a matter of a few months from now before you attain it. Sure, we are not talking about you being the next Eddie Van Halen, but then that would be like comparing someone who has just started jogging to an Olympic gold medallist. The jogger still runs and (hopefully) still enjoys the experience. And you will enjoy the basics of guitar (after the first couple of weeks anyway).
The guitar is relatively cheap and easy to get into. A basic guitar is cheaper than most instruments and is way cooler. With what other instrument can you so easily impress an unsuspecting crowd. But the choice initially can be overwhelming. Do you go for acoustic or electric, and even if you decide that there are still hundreds to choose from.
If you want something easily portable as the story in the first paragraph would suggest then acoustic is your thing as it does not need an amp.If, however, you imagine yourself as a rock monster then electric would be your choice - it's great for adding effects like distortion. But it is surprising how good a cheap model will sound considering you can spend twenty times the amount and it will still fundamentally sound like a guitar.
The only way to learn to play will be to use tuition or a guide and books can be a very cheap way of doing this. Better if you had some professional training though as this will be quicker and more tailored to you. You can sign up to an on-line course for the price of a couple of tutor sessions so it does not need to be expensive.
I can't deny the first two weeks will be a bit difficult. It won't take long pressing the strings down before your fingertips complain, so it is recommended that you only put in ten to twenty minutes a day for the first week while they harden up. Which I suppose is the key point. You do need to play every day to adapt to this new activity. Try to find a regular time, such as straight after work before you get too involved in doing anything else. But the good news is, even after the first week twenty to thirty minutes a day will be enough to develop your playing and by week three, if you do it properly, you will be able to play something basic. And once you get to that point learning is a lot easier and a lot more fun.
People of all ages learn guitar, young and old, and although younger students do pick up things quicker I've not known any student fail as long as they put the effort in, and even talented students don't get far if they don't accept that. So the answer to can I learn guitar is a resounding yes. Persistence is the key. And who knows, once you are playing regularly, jamming with others is only a step away. That's when playing really gets fun.
To sum up, learning guitar is only a three-step process:
- Get a starter guitar kit if you don't already have one.
- Sign up for tuition, and there is a course review here to help you.
- Get practising.
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