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Why is it so difficult to learn to play the guitar?

Contribution from Ralf »Sun Apr 30, 2017, 11:23 am

The following is an article by Andrew Wasson, which deals with the basic questions and difficulties. Wasson was at GIT and has been teaching both real and virtual for many years. His videos and articles cover both beginner and professional questions, as well as music theory.

This article sums up what I "preach" myself often enough, even if I don't subscribe to a few things 100%. All together, however, everything is correct.

Why is it so difficult to learn to play the guitar?

Jane is 27 years old and has been playing the guitar for three months. She gets pretty irritated when she sees these ads that say you can learn to play the guitar in as little as three weeks and then play like the pros. Very annoying!

Secretly, she knows that it takes years of dedication to attain a high level of skill. Jane also understands that many beginners have the same problems as they learn the instrument.

Since so many new players have the same problems, I [Andrew Wasson] decided to publish a short article on the most common [difficulties] (where every newbie will find something useful).

Here are the most common problems new guitar students face and a few tips on what to do to solve them.


We live in a busy time, which means that many guitar students don't have time to practice. But, what is much worse, new students do not have a routine for practicing and it is very difficult [for them] to develop one. This is especially true for those students who have not yet played an instrument. If that person has no prior knowledge of practice knowledge (what it is like to master a nested concept) it will be incredibly difficult to incorporate it into everyday life.

Keep your practice time a little shorter at the beginning and keep what you have learned, check it several times. At the beginning, 20 minutes are enough, a maximum of half an hour.

Print out your TABs and music lesson materials and place them on a music stand in front of you; practice various guitar techniques over a set period of time (which means that you can practice afterwards or just play around).

Start with very short practice sessions - even five minutes per topic is useful. Don't put the guitar away, but play at other times during the day; while you watch TV, you wait for the microwave, while you talk on the phone, or you wait for someone, etc.

The point is to always have the guitar visible so that you can quickly pick it up when you can.


This is definitely the first serious problem beginners run into. You will learn how to finger a few chords (which takes a considerable amount of time to internalize). And then they realize that you have to switch between all of these. This is exactly where the effort begins.

Starts with an easy-to-grasp chord shape such as E major, A major, or D major. Improves the sound, gets rid of the unclean or inaudible notes and tries to achieve a clean sound first. Then try harder chords like C major.

It seems impossible, but it's just getting easier to finger a chord so that it sounds decent. The same goes for chord changes. Learn how to change chords correctly and work hard on it! This means that you are changing from one of your familiar chords to one that you are still learning.


"I have no idea how to properly practice a song."
This statement mostly comes from students who like to jump from song to song without really learning or working out the techniques that appear in this song {alternative translation: “... that this song offers the player. "}

What usually happens is that the student starts with a beginner song, runs into a problem at one point and decides to take another song and forget the first one. But the new song is also a bit difficult, so take another one ... and so on.

The result is that they haven't learned a single song properly (or with dedication) and have not improved; that they have watched all the songs and have no idea what to do next.

The better approach is not to give up as soon as the first problem arises. Therefore it is necessary to only learn songs that are feasible for a [beginner]. Beginner songbooks can be very helpful in this regard.

For example a song I [Andrew Wasson] recently taught in a class. It was audio slaves "Doesn’t remind me". Chord changes are very easy with E and A major. In the chorus there are also D major and E minor. So we have a perfect song for a beginner.

Finding a song like this is just the thing for a beginner. But, the most important point {or factor} in learning this (or similar) song is to learn the chords outside of the song. If you can do the chord (s), insert them into the song you are learning. Then learn the touch pattern In other words, learn the piece in small parts, in small steps, keep it feasible for you.


The last point I want to point out is that it is important to speak to a professional teacher along the way. I [Andrew Wasson] lead Skype classes with people from all over the world who often only make contact every few months. They want to be assessed and [later] assessed again to know if they are on the right path to effective learning.

This is a key in development. Doing it on your own will put you in a vacuum and will bring you a lot of bad habits. These bad habits will cause you a lot of grief as you progress. To avoid these, take a guitar teacher or use a decent guitar learning system (like my Creative Guitar Studio course).

Source: http://creativeguitarstudio.blogspot.de ... uitar.html
Andrew Wasson has permission for translation and publication