How Long Does it Take to Learn to Play Guitar?

Learn to Play GuitarOne thing which a lot of people think about when learning to play the guitar is how long it is going to take them to become good at it?

This answer depends on a few things. First of all, it depends on how talented you expect to be. Secondly, having a good ear and talent for music will make it easier. But, at the end of the day, it is the amount of practice and hard work you put in that will help determine how long it will take to be good at it.

Learning to play the guitar will mean learning new finger and hand motions. This is just how a baby learns to walk. You will be using muscles you’ve never used before. The best way to learn these motions while beefing up your hand and finger muscles is by practicing frequently.

Now, here’s a rough guide as to what you can expect and in how much time:

  • 1-2 months: You can strum a few chords, play single string tunes with some jumping, chord arpeggios, etc.
  • 3-6 months: Play certain complicated songs with some additional technical factors. Songs that require easy hammer-ons, simple lead guitar tactics or pull offs.
  • 1 year: Intermediate degree songs. Common guitar songs, riffs, blues, etc. You will start getting a sense for barre chords too.
  • 2 years: If you practice enough, you should be able to play any song by now. Even learning new music shouldn’t be much trouble at this stage as you will already know about most technicalities.
  • 2-3 years: At this stage, you should be in a position to improvise while playing the guitar.
  • 5-6 years: You’re a developmental guitarist at this point and can play pretty much any song.
  • 10 years: You will be able to play and satisfy others with ease.