20 August 2008

Learn Guitar in 15 Minutes a Day

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

The Beatles, and other groups since them, inspire countless thousands to want to play guitar. But many are put off by the idea, false, that you need to spend hours every day to practice and learn the instrument.

In reality you can learn to play the guitar if you can spend only 15 minutes per day. I know, because this is how I learned. You might not become Jimmy Hendrix, but you can have a lot of fun and open yourself up a lot of creative possibilities.

So what do you need to turn those 15 minutes per day into playing guitar? This article will show you.

All I got, is a red guitar

"All I got is a red guitar, three chords, and the truth." U2, All Along The Watchtower

A pretty good recipe that can be used to play hundreds, no thousands, of popular songs. In addition to the guitar and the truth, I recommend you get yourself an electronic guitar tuner, too. No matter how you play, if your guitar is out of tune it sounds bad.

Once you've got those you can work on the chords with...


You obviously need to know what to practice. Get yourself organized with a guitar teacher, or video lessons.

15 minutes per day

Now you've got your guitar and got it in tune you need to practice regularly to learn the chords. You are training your finger's muscle memory and a few minutes a day done regularly is the most effective method; don't save it all up for the weekend.

More time won't necessarily help you progress faster at first. More time means more knowledge absorbed, but not better technique.


Three chords doesn't sound like a very tall order, but believe me - or check out some guitar forums if you don't, those first three chords can be a real struggle. Don't expect to be playing them smoothly and quickly in too much of a hurry. But persevere and you will get over your frustrations.

Time and regular practice will fix your problems. Just get started and keep going, when you can play your favorite songs you'll be so pleased that your frustrations will be almost forgotten.


If you really want to learn guitar then find yourself 15 minutes per day and make it into a reality. Get a guitar, get organized and get practicing. It really is all up to you.

You can stop when you have just a few chords and have fun playing hundreds of songs with them. Or maybe you will enjoy it enough to put in the effort to become a new Jimmy Hendrix.

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1 comment:

Gary Fletcher said...

Hi Guitar teacher,

Thanks for reading the blog and taking the time to leave a comment. It's appreciated.

I think a teacher is pretty useful, but as you say, not essential. What counts the most is your own desire to play.


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