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How Long Does It Take to Learn Guitar

How long does it take to learn guitar? That’s a question on every beginners lips

First of all, it really depends on how good you want to be and also what level you want to achieve

This article takes a high level approach to give you an understanding on how long it takes to learn guitar

Providing all facets of the instrument are taken into consideration

What the Study of Guitar Involves

If you want to be advanced in all facets of guitar then you’ll need to study the following:

  • Finger Picking Technique
  • Plectrum Technique
  • General Technique
  • Timing
  • Lead Guitar
  • Rhythm Guitar
  • Scales, Modes, Patterns
  • Styles
    • Classical
    • Rock
    • Jazz
    • Etc
  • Notation, Music/Guitar Theory
  • Improvisation, Arrangements, Composition
  • TAB

This list is generalized and can be broken down further, however due to wanting to keep this article short I’d rather leave that up to your guitar teacher

How Long Does it Take to Learn Guitar Time Frames

With over 30 years experience as a teacher and performer the time frames below on how long does it take to learn guitar in it’s entirety are based on my experiences, students and that of colleagues

These time frames on how long does it takes to learn guitar should be seen as averages, for some people it may be quicker and others longer

  • 0 to 5 years: to get average
  • 5 to 10 years: to get good
  • 10 to 20 years: to get advanced
  • 20 years plus – you should really start to know your stuff, however you will always still manage to find new things to learn therefore as a result it will be impossible to know everything

These time frames take into consideration lessons with a qualified teacher and also frequent practice.

The time frames do reduce if you only want to focus on certain facets of guitar

For example if you only want to become a Rhythm guitarist then 0 to 5 years should get you to an advanced level

How Long Does It Take to Learn Guitar Conclusion

It’s impossible to master the instrument in it’s entirety however it is possible to master a facet such as style i.e. Jazz or Flamenco and have an excellent understanding of the different areas of guitar and be able to apply them in any scenario

Finally, I understand these time frames seem long however they should not put you off learning the guitar because it is a beautiful instrument and can give much pleasure in ones life

However be aware of the commitment required to get really good to master the instrument

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