How to learn how to play a guitar

Feb 01, 12 How to learn how to play a guitar

The first thing to learn about playing the guitar is that there are two main techniques in popular guitar music. The first is ‘picking’ the individual notes to form a melody, known in rock terms as playing lead guitar. The second would be ‘strumming’ chords which is done by playing different notes at the same time, also known in rock music as playing rhythm guitar.

Teaching yourself how to play chords on the guitar is a great place to start if you are learning. Guitar tablature (or ‘tabs’) is written music for guitar that shows you how to play chords using simple pictures of the strings. You can find many simple songs for guitar by visiting the tabs page on Ultimate Guitar

There are many free resources on the web that can show you how to learn how to play the guitar. However, the best way to improve quickly is to have guitar lessons. Lessons with a teacher will give you the opportunity to play with an experienced guitarist and have immediate feedback on what you are doing. There are guitar teachers in every town or city so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one.


Many young people want to just pick up an electric guitar and play a rocking solo, but we would advise learning how to play a acoustic guitar first. This is a great place to start as on a classical acoustic guitar the strings are made of nylon, which means they are softer and won’t hurt your fingers while you are getting used to the guitar. The other great thing with all acoustic guitars is that they are quieter than electric guitars so you won’t get any complaints from other people about all the noise you are making!

Whichever way you choose to start just remember to take it slow and don’t expect miracles immediately. Playing the guitar can be very rewarding but you need to be prepared to work hard first. For more information on how to learn how to play a guitar visit


Quotes from the master

Many people consider Jimi Hendrix to be one of the best rock guitarists ever; here is what he thought:

“I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.”
Jimi Hendrix

“Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.”
Jimi Hendrix

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