If you want to learn to play the guitar one approach is to hire a private teacher and have lessons. This is great, and many people take this route, but there is another way to learn the guitar, and that is to teach yourself. This article will address some of the ways you can do this, and explain exactly what you need to do when teaching yourself guitar.
It's always good, when learning any new skill, to set yourself targets to work towards, both long and short term. This helps you to focus your learning time, and by breaking things down into small chunks, you won't feel so overwhelmed by all the information you'll have to absorb. It is a good idea to figure out what you want to achieve when teaching yourself guitar do you want to play in a band, or write you own music, for example? Having a set goal in mind will give you the motivation to keep learning and improving, as well as making it easier to chart your progress, and see how well you are doing.
You will need to have some learning resources at your disposal for you to work from when trying to teach yourself guitar. Traditionally, this would comprise mostly of books, and many self taught guitarists have, over the years, amassed quite impressive collections of these. These days, however, you have more options. The internet and new media offer an enormous amount of information for you to delve into, both paid for and free. Finding it is as easy as typing into Google, and the resulting internet sites, containing videos, audio, lessons, and more, will be enough to keep you occupied for months on end.
The key to successfully teaching yourself to play the guitar, is to work logically and systematically, and not to take on too much at one time. Start off with the basics, and progress only once you have mastered those. If you try and rush things, you'll make less progress and just end up getting frustrated.
One of the great advantages of teaching yourself guitar is that you're not restricted by traditional methods and techniques. You are free to experiment, and you should take advantage of this freedom, as it is a fantastic way to develop your own unique style and sound. Many of the greatest guitar players were self taught, and often, the reason they are revered is because they had they're own distinct way of playing, which only came about through experimentation, and the freedom of not knowing the correct way to play things. Having said that, it is always a good idea to learn proper technique as well, as this will make you a better and more diverse musician.
Without a guitar teacher to keep them on track, many people who teach themselves often find it hard to stay disciplined and focused. This can be a problem and, at the end of the day, only you can decide how much time and effort to put into learning the guitar. However, if you do it right, once you start to see progress this should be more than enough inspiration to continue, and work even harder. The most important thing to remember is to enjoy teaching yourself guitar.
So that winds up this article about teaching yourself guitar. I hope it has made a few things clearer for anyone thinking about taking it up.
Chris Lake is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher. He writes for several guitar websites including his own. To check out more of his writing please visit Teach Yourself Guitar.