With the right mindset, you can teach yourself how to play
1. Learn to Read Music
It’s not as hard as it looks! At this point, books are your best friend. However, if you have a best friend who knows how to read music, ask her or him to teach you. Once you have the basics of reading music, you’ll suddenly have access to decades; worth of songs and sheet music.
2. Learn to Love Tabs
Tabs are often viewed as a shortcut for reading music, but you’ll often see them paired together. When you want to play your favorite radio tunes, you can easily find free (and usually accurate) tabs on the Internet. Learning a song this way teaches you to listen closely.
3. Give Your Pinkie Some Love
It’s easy to forget about your little finger, but that runt will be your hand’s MVP if you let it. Work your pinkie just as hard (if not harder) than your other fingers to fully develop your hand.
4. Take Pride in Your Callouses
Honestly, your callouses will probably only be attractive to other
5. Try Classical or Jazz
If you really want to develop your finger picking and strengthen your pinkie, classical (or flamenco for more soul) is impossible to play without great technique. If you want to learn the art of effortless improvisation, jazz is what you need, and it’ll do wonders for your technique.
6. Learn Keys and Their Chords
Memorize which chords match specific keys. As you jam and learn, knowing the keys and chords helps you gain a more intuitive understanding of how songs are built.
7. Find a Practice Buddy
Friendly competition and solidarity help those practice hours pass quickly and give you the motivation you need to power through that tough solo or chord progression.
8. Regular Practice Beats Irregular Practice
Practicing for 30 minutes every day is better for you than practicing three-and-a-half hours once a week. Like athletic condition, the routine is an important part of the process.
9. Bar Chords Are Fun (Repeat Until You Believe It)
The F chord should be your first bar chord. Why? Most bar chords are either the same shape or very similar. Bar chords are tough on your hands, but once you learn them, your hand will be strong enough to play for hours on end. Plus, changing keys, playing without a capo, songwriting and song learning become much easier.
10. Know When to Stop Practicing
If your hands are shaking or your fingers feel bruised, you’ve been practicing too long. Your hands are made of muscle and knowing when to stop practicing ensures you’ll be able to play
Many modern guitarists are self-taught, and with so many free or cheap learning resources, you can jump start your