As with any kind of art, learning guitar is an exciting, ongoing journey. The hardest part of the journey is getting started.

You Need a Guitar

If you do not already have a guitar, get one. Your first instrument should not be too expensive or fancy, but avoid wasting money on something cheap. A lousy guitar that easily slips out of tune and sounds bad will only frustrate you.

Music stores usually have guitars for rent. Until you are ready to commit to a large purchase, this may be your best option.

Finding a Teacher

Ask around. Talk to musicians; inquire at music stores.

Private lessons are expensive, so consider group lessons at your local community center or college where you can reap the benefits of having a teacher at a lower cost.

In addition to getting you started, a teacher will ensure that you develop proper technique. Beginners usually develop bad habits that impede progress, or even worse, lead to injury. A teacher will identify and help you correct problems with posture and positioning before they become established habits.

Learning on Your Own

While taking lessons is more efficient and safe, you can still learn on your own. How-to videos on YouTube and other Internet platforms make it easy. Books for beginning guitarists present the basics in a simple manner. They usually contain chord diagrams and tablature that are easier to read than musical notation. You will also learn by jamming with friends.

Woodshedding Is the Only Way

To learn guitar, you have to practice. There is no other way. You will need to build and maintain calluses. Whether or not you like practicing scales and arpeggios, you need the muscle memory. Bar chords may be too hard at first, but over time, you will gain the necessary strength. Patience, perseverance, repetition, and passion take you to the fun part. Every minute will be worth it. Click here to contact .