How to Play the Guitar in 10 Hours Even You Don't Know a Chord and No Musical Talent Needed

This post is for anyone who has thought about picking up the guitar but hasn’t yet.

Learning guitar isn't that hard as you think it is. For those of you who aren’t musicians, becoming one is both more fun and easier than you imagine.

How difficult is it to play a guitar? It's not difficult and all you need to do is for you to pick up a guitar and start playing.

To be honest, before I picked up the guitar, I was operating under a lot of false assumptions about how difficult it is to become a guitar player. What was running through my mind?

1. I believed I was too old to start to learn music.
2. I believed I had no musical talent and that I wasn’t a “musical” person.
3. I thought you needed to learn to read music to play an instrument.
4. I believed to overcome these barriers it would take too much time and effort.

I was so wrong on all these assumptions!

If you don’t have musical talent I’ve got good news for you– you don’t need it!

All you need is just need time. What's fundamental to play a guitar? It's none other then teaching your fingers to do weird things they aren’t used to doing.
That’s it. It doesn’t take a genius. It takes some hours. Set aside 10 hours with the guitar and you’ll be playing some great songs. Promise.

This post will teach you how to play songs on the guitar in less than 10 hours.

The information you need to play the guitar can be learned in 5-10 minutes. That information consists of 5 finger shapes you must remember. I’ve posted them below.

The rest of your 10 hours will be spent teaching your finger muscles to play chord shapes.

Now, here’s what your 10 hours will look like.

  • Minutes 0-30: Read this blog post. All the info is here to get started.
  • Minutes 30-60: Practice making the basic 5 shapes. This is probably the hardest part. You gotta put your head down for 30 minutes and remember the chords that are demonstrated below. Once you start getting these shapes down, adding to your portfolio will be easy. You can even experiment with adding and removing fingers– you’ll find a lot of cool sounds here and you’ll continue to discover these for years to come.
  • Minutes 60-600. Pick up the guitar everyday for 20 days for 30 minutes or so. You can do this while you do other things like watch TV or chit chat. Get your fingers used to moving around on the fretboard. Start jamming out some John Denver baby. Please do sing along. Eventually try to keep up with tempo of the changes in the actual song. Once you can change your chords on time, focus on improving your “touch” with your right hand. Strum the chords in a way that it adds texture to the recording (if you are playing along with the man himself.)

The shapes you need to remember (the only information you need to get started):

G – pointer finger 2nd fret, 5th string, middle 3rd fret, 6th string, ring 3rd fret, 1st string
G – pointer finger 2nd fret,
5th string, middle 3rd fret,
6th string, ring 3rd fret, 1st string
C – Ring finger 3rd fret 5th string,
middle 2nd fret 4th string,
pointer 1st fret 2nd string.
D – Ring finger 3rd fret 2nd string,
middle finger 2nd fret 1st string,
pointer 2nd fret 3rd string.
(Don’t hit the big string)
E minor – Ring finger 2nd fret 4th string,
middle 2nd fret 5th string
A minor – ring finger 2nd fret 3rd string,
middle 2nd fret 4th string,
pointer 1st fret 2nd string

Tips for playing:

1. To get good touch in your strumming hand, it’ll take longer than 10 hours. It’s about reps.

2. Try to consider the amount of finesse you are hitting the strings with. Do a little research on palm mutting and other useful strumming techniques. If it sounds nasty at first, that’s cool. Your fingers and wrists will start to adjust. Focus on getting quality sounds out of the guitar.

3. With your left hand, fret the strings as close to the frets as possible. This will reduce buzzing and the chords will ring clearer. You’ll need to press the strings down firmly to ensure they ring out well. One of the toughest parts for beginners is ensuring you aren’t “muting” the strings that you aren’t fretting. These small touches get programmed in to your fingers after hours of time, so don’t worry too much about it. Just focus on getting the best sound out of your guitar.

4. Your fingers will hurt, don’t worry about it too much.

5. It’ll feel weird for the first few days. This is normal. At the beginning a G chord feels like it was purpose designed to give you wrist cramps, after a month of playing the guitar it’ll feel like coming home.

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