The Journey Of The Beginner Guitar Player

The Journey Of The Beginner Guitar Player Part 1:

Having taught many hundreds of guitar students over last decade, I have noticed that students that follow certain paths tend to enjoy the process, succeed at learning the guitar, and exceed their expectations if they stick with it long enough. These students are not special, do not have extra talent, and do not practice long hours.

They just progress along the path in the right order and as such tend to see regular results while growing their passion and interest for the guitar. If you keep this in mind as you travel along your guitar playing journey, you will succeed as well.

The path that I have seen total beginner students succeed on looks a lot like this.


Start off by learning easy, short little sections of songs that are either familliar to you the student, or are fun to play.

These can be strumming sections of songs or single note melodies like "Happy Birthday", or simple rock riffs like "Iron Man". This will help the student find enjoyment in the instrument and make it fun to practice. The snippets are simple and can be easily memorized and repeated over and over again.


Memorize and master these short snippets.

Mastering these short snippets will allow the motor skills of the student to develop and sink into the hands of the student.


Begin learning basic chords switching and strumming, learn how to count.

Basic chords and strumming are going to massively develop the coordination of the two hands separately. Many students have a lot of trouble at this stage because the level of difficulty goes up quite a bit. The students must learn the proper technique in this stage and practice daily in order to own the skills learned at this stage. They will also learn rhythm, and how to feel music. Without rhythm, they will never fully develop any musicianship and stay at stage 1 forever.


Learn the notes on the E and A strings and start moving around power chords.

Learning the notes on the 5th and 6th string has MASSIVE benefits that come into play later but it also is an easy way for students to be creative, to learn rock songs, and to play sections of songs that they find difficult by replacing them with simpler version of the song on the E and A string. A good guitar teacher will be able to help during this stage.


Continue memorizing the open chords, power chords, and easy rock riffs until these can be played effortlessly.



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