How Long Does it Take to Learn Guitar?

How many years does it take to learn guitar?

This can be a difficult question to answer, because the answer is totally dependent upon the the player.  Becoming a good player takes a long term commitment.  Some people will be able to play at a high level very quickly, while others may take a bit longer or never really achieve any better than average skill.  Not being able to achieve better than average skill, in virtually all cases is due to not making enough of a commitment to succeed.

If you practice hard you should be able to play many easy songs in about six months to a year.  In three years, if you are consistent you should me able to play most songs.  It may take a bit longer to learn very fast songs or ones that use advanced techniques, but this all depends on what your focus.   It can take a lifetime to master guitar with all the techniques and styles of music.

How long it takes to be good at playing guitar, depends upon several factors.  The way you practice, how much you practice, and how naturally talented you are, are all factors.

Not only how much you practice but also the way you go about practicing can have a huge effect on how fast you develop skill in playing guitar.  You can was months and years practicing the wrong way, the wrong things, or practicing things in the wrong order.

How should you practice guitar

So how should you practice?  There are different ways to go about this.  Most definitely the best way is to get a guitar teacher.  A good guitar teacher can guide you around all the mistakes that you will most likely make as new player and also show you what to learn first, so that you can build upon the skills you have learned and reach your goals more quickly.  Be advised though all teachers are not created equal.  For some advice on finding the right guitar teacher check out my article, Do You Need a Guitar Teacher to Learn Guitar?

If you can’t afford or it doesn’t work out for you to take guitar lessons, it is possible to teach yourself, but it will be very helpful if you can find someone else, who is above your skill level to jam with as much as possible.  It is also important to develop a practice schedule and to define your goals (what you want to achieve as a player).  Having a practice schedule will help you economize your practice time, because it is easy to waste time playing what you have already learned when you should be working on techniques and skills you have not yet learned well.

Defining your goals will guide you to which skills you need to practice.  While it is all well and good to be a well-rounded player, you will reach your goals much quicker if you only practice techniques that help you achieve them.

How many hours should you practice guitar

How many hours a day should you practice guitar?  You should practice as much as you can, at least and hour a day, and two or three hours a day if you can find the time.  Many guitar virtuosos have reported practicing eight to twelve hours a day when learning guitar.

How important is talent when learning guitar?

No doubt, some people are more naturally talented than others when it comes to playing an instrument.  Playing guitar requires the use of many different skills so it is highly unlikely that one person would naturally possess all the skills needed to be a great guitar player.  The most important trait to have is the ability to persist in getting better and not giving up when things get tough.  The people who have this trait are the ones most likely to succeed.

Playing guitar is like anything else, you will get out of it what you put into it.  If you practice hard consistently, you will make steady progress toward your goal of becoming a better guitarist.  If you don’t practice that hard and go weeks in between your practice sessions you may never be happy with your playing abilities.  How long it takes to learn guitar depends on you.