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Published on March 15th, 2022 | by Gerry Galipault


How Long Does It Take to be a Great Guitar Player?

Learning to be a great guitar player takes time, determination, and passion. It may seem to be a straightforward question, but the answer might get more complicated as you consider your own personal goals, what you consider to be good, and what you hope to achieve. It’s more about how many hours you put in, not how long you’ve been playing. You must also assume that all your practice is efficient and that you are not wasting time when you should be practicing. Successful guitar students understand that any goal is preferable to none. This is because players who do not have targets never hit anything.

Set a Goal

Once you’ve set a realistic goal for yourself, it’s up to you to make it a reality. But remember to keep your expectations in check. Your daily practice commitment of 20 minutes may not put you on the road to becoming a world master in a short space of time, but you are still reaching for your goal. It takes years of practice to achieve an intermediate level. Decide how much time you can devote each day to your life, not just this period. Change your aim if changes in your lifestyle affect your practicing time. Just keep at it – don’t give up.

Although it may sound cliched, a great guitarist never actually stops learning. Even if you’ve put in thousands of hours over many years, you can still acquire a new method or improve your skills in a new style of playing. As a result, it’s critical to figure out what kind of level you want to achieve before estimating how long it will take.

It is estimated that in 100 hours you can be a good hobby player, in 1000 hours you can be “good enough” to be classed as a casual musician, and in 10 000 hours you will be able to perform as a professional musician.

Choose a Method of Learning

Determine your style of learning and try to match it with the learning resources you choose. People learn differently and understanding how your brain processes information might help you speed up the process.

With so much at your fingertips thanks to the internet, online tutorials and lessons might be the easiest way to get started. At MidderMusic, you will find various tools to help you make this decision, from recommended equipment to the best online lessons, courses, apps, and software.

Although online learning is a fantastic tool, it does not provide much in the way of feedback. Interaction is a significant benefit of guitar tuition. An advantage of taking classes is that they can be tailored to your specific needs. A skilled instructor will use a variety of approaches and methods to assist you in learning while also keeping the process interesting.

Devise a Plan

There are a variety of skill levels to choose from. Strumming a few chords at a fireside or playing Hendrix solos are two very different things. Practicing several times a week can help you remember what you’ve learned and will increase your muscle memory and hand strength, which are both necessary for playing the guitar. While you can play the guitar for as long as your schedule allows daily, don’t practice for nine hours one day, and then not play for two weeks. If you do this, you will be less likely to recall what you’ve learned, and your time will be wasted.

Schedules don’t have to be as rigid, but some form of routine or plan is an excellent approach to ensure that you practice regularly. The best method to get to a reasonable level of play is to practice often.

Be committed and practice as much as you can. The importance of consistency cannot be overstated. The bottom line is that you should never stop learning new things. Even world-famous guitarists never stop learning. Continue to play and you will astound yourself as you learn new skills and become a great guitar player.

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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

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