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How Long Will It Take Me To Learn?

I get asked this question all the time and of course, it varies from person to person! The most I can tell you for sure is that after a month, you’ll know whether or not you want to continue.

Three beginner students recently dropped out of lessons after the four weeks was up. Although it usually doesn’t usually happen that quickly, I know that for most people there will be a time where they’ll put lessons aside, either because they’ve become too busy or they feel they’ve learned as much as they want to.

If you’re interested in becoming the next Jimi Hendrix or guitar virtuoso, it will take years 🙂 If you’re simply interested in playing a few songs for yourself, that is quite achievable for most people within a few months. The first month will feel like a slow process for many of you. If you think about it, the guitar is a totally foreign object and your body doesn’t know what to do with it, let alone your brain! So you have to have a certain amount of patience to get through that first month.

If you are the type of person who wants to be able to do something IMMEDIATELY, well, it’s likely not going to work out for you, especially if you’ve never played an instrument before!

So ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I have the time to practice? I usually suggest about 10-15 minutes a day to begin with, but doing it every day is important. Can you manage that?
  2. Do I have the patience to learn? If you’re particularly hard on yourself this might be a challenge! You need to be able to laugh at your mistakes, because you’ll make plenty of them!
  3. Do I have the right teacher? This is something I’ve written about before, so check my article out if you want to know what to consider when looking for a teacher.

As I said before, in about a month of weekly lessons, you should have a good idea as to whether or not you want to continue. And beyond that, I would suggest that in 3 or 4 months, you should be able to play competently, certainly enough to sit and entertain yourself with a few songs!

IJ