What is the Easiest Way to Learn Guitar?

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“The easiest way to learn guitar” is to have fun. When you are having fun things just come easier.
Time flies by and you get in a zone of enjoyment. You can listen to yourself and enjoy what you just did.

When I started, I made sounds that I liked and enjoyed. Did I know what I was doing?  That answer is a big fat no.  Did I care what people thought?  That answer is also a big fat no.
Did I fantasize in my mind that I was a guitar player?  Absolutely, I fed the dream.

You teach yourself even when you are learning from others.  Before the internet and the increase of communication, I always tried to learn at least one thing from every guitar player that I met. Because I always paid attention to what I liked it helped me to develop my style. Please check my learn guitar free page.

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With all the online and youtube guitar lessons that are available, you can find any type of lesson that you choose. There is even an online guitar site that you can jam with others and form online bands. The best and fastest way to learn is to organize a plan and get specific in what you want to learn.
Write out your goals.

After some time of just having fun, I got a book of folk songs with chord diagrams. I found that I could make many of the basic chords, I just didn’t know what they were called.
I was on my way. Please check my “Best Website Page”


Key of “G” chord chart

How to learn guitar chords

You can make many chords with the same shape. If you learn the common shapes of basic chords and develop the muscle memory to put your fingers down at the same time and learn to change to other shapes you will be able to make many chords. There are many chord charts available. We have some on this website.

How to learn guitar scales                           

Pentatonic scale charts. Add two 1/2 step blue notes and these will be the 5 blues boxes.

There are five basic pentatonic scales for the neck of your guitar. When you add two blue notes to each scale it becomes the five blues boxes. The blue notes are 1/2 step or one fret from the pentatonic note and what brings that blues sound.

When you use all four of your fingers and move them up and down the scale pattern you will develop muscle memory. Start slow and play clean. You will eventually pick up speed, add hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and bends.

You will learn to go from one box to the other and won’t have to use all the notes on one solo run.

In a nutshell

If you start by having fun the desire to learn and the practice that it takes will be easier motivation for yourself.

Please note the learning videos on some of my pages and let me know where you are in the learning process and what you would like to learn.

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8 thoughts on “What is the Easiest Way to Learn Guitar?

  • December 19, 2016 at 7:11 am

    “When you are having fun things just come easier.” – This is a very important statement for anyone trying to learn a new skill.

    Thanks so much for the informative piece, Marty.

    • December 19, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Hi George,
      Thank you for your comment. There are some important qualities that will help in the guitar learning process but you can’t really use them if you are not enjoying the process. Some may find fun in the learning of theory and organizational process.

      I am a sound person and the fun starts with enjoying the sounds and rhythms that I can make with the guitar. After this the rest of the work becomes more enjoyable and I become more motivated.


  • June 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Hi Marty,
    I have several guitars laying around the house collecting dust. They belonged to my late husband who was a music fanatic. Now when i get the urge to learn how to actually play one myself, I know where to come (I have bookmarked your website).
    Your website is full of great information, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • June 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Hi Sheri, thanks for stopping by my site. My website is for newbies to start enjoying the guitar. Before I knew all the theory and chords I just started having fun making sounds that I liked and it went from there. With a start, it is easier to learn new techniques and add some fundamental theory.
      If you have any questions I would be happy to answer if I can. It would be interesting to know what kind of guitars your late husband had. BTW guitar goes good with coffee:-)

  • June 9, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    When I began to learn guitar, the internet as a useful tool did not exist. I was forced to learn the way that my instructor wanted me to, which was not fun.

    My daughter has learned to play in 5 minutes because she was able to do it her way. Just as you said, she had fun with it!

    Thank you for your website and for emphasizing that people should have a good time with music.

    • June 9, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you for your comment Richard. I am glad that your daughter is having fun and learning. I have had lessons that I despised but still had music that had to get out. I was fortunate to find a way to enjoy the process.
      I am happy to answer any questions and help if I can.

  • June 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Marty, I’m so glad I found this post. I have owned a guitar for years. It’s a beautiful guitar and it has a lovely sound when someone who knows how to play strums it.

    In all these years, I’ve learned only 3 chords and it takes an eternity for me to change between them. Your article has given me renewed hope that even I can learn guitar.

    Thanks to you, I’ll be strumming tonight.

    • June 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      That is great news Gary and what my site is all about. You can also use partial chords and just strum the the first 4 strings. That way you can play a lot of 1 and 2 finger chords. That is prevalent in electric guitar but can also be used in acoustic.
      You should only strum the strings playable or dampen strings that are not played, unless the can be played open.
      I am happy to answer any questions and thanks for your comment.

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