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So You Want To Learn To Play Guitar?

By John Franklin

So, you have decided you want to learn to play guitar? It seems that over the last few years, the number of people who are turning to the internet for a way to learn to play guitar is rapidly increasing. You can get your first guitar online, and even get your guitar instruction in the form of online guitar lessons, or a learn to play guitar course. To help you choose wisely, here are some things to keep in mind.

Assuming you don't already have one, getting your first beginner guitar can be a chore. There are so many options, and without some previous knowledge of guitar, those choices can be really overwhelming. There seems to be a pervasive myth that a beginner guitar must be acoustic or classical. That's just not true. If your guitar heroes play an electric guitar, then get one. You'll save yourself the trouble of buying another guitar a few weeks or months down the road when you've started to learn to play guitar, and want something better.

Unless you are actually going to play classical music, I would strongly advise you stay away from a classical guitar. They are more delicate, and not designed to work with a pick. Most music is played with a pick, and you'll damage your guitar quickly with one. You also cannot put steel strings on a classical guitar, it will quite literally fold in half from the tension.

Don't be afraid to buy a guitar online. In this day and age, most beginner guitars are made overseas in Korea or China, and are all of similar quality so just pick the one that looks good to you. Purchase from a reputable dealer, one that offers a money back satisfaction guarantee, most will.

The greatest advances have been made in the guitar instruction that has become available over the internet. There are subscription based sites where you can have access to hundreds of lessons, usually including audio, video, and written materials. There are also many good learn to play guitar software packages you can get. Many of them are instantly downloadable, and allow you to be learning how to play your guitar within minutes of your purchase. This all happens from the comfort of your computer chair at any time.

Just like any new thing, be prepared for a learning curve. You need to practice at least 10 or 20 minutes each day to see progress. Anyone can learn to play guitar with a little persistence and time. The internet has finally made it accessible to anyone who wants to.
About the Author
John Franklin has been a professional guitar teacher for over 20 years and enjoys helping other people learn how to play guitar. You can visit his website at

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