The guitar is one of the most commonly played instruments and almost every person who creates music owns one. Therefore, it is only normal for people to want to get to know this instrument more.

As a music enthusiast who grew up with music, I completely understand you. I, myself, wondered the same thing a year ago: What is the easiest way to learn guitar online? I struggled for days, looking at websites, YouTube videos, even asking at local shops. Even though I looked and learned, I sometimes found myself at a dead end.Acoustic Guitar

The thing is, today we are surrounded by information, it is natural to get overwhelmed sometimes. So, as a person who experienced the same situation as you some time ago, I’m gonna give you some advice and tips. After this article, you will have cleared some things up in your mind and will be ready to jam!

Find beginner guitar songs you’re intoMusic Notes

I’m sure some of you have already done this. If you want to begin learning the guitar, you will need some music pieces to start. It’s best that you find a music genre that you like and start with easy songs. One of my first songs was A Horse Wiith No Name, which had two chords and basic strumming, I recommend it.

There are some cool famous riffs with tutorials online that anyone can master, you can check those out (there are too many and thy are everywhere, that’s why I don’t provide you with a certain link here). Make sure:

  • You don’t hate the songs
  • You have listened to them at least twice before playing them
  • They have a tutorial available online

Buy an acoustic guitar

In order to learn to play the guitar, you need one, that’s obvious! You will have to buy an acoustic guitar to begin playing, an

Acoustic Guitar

electric guitar is not necessary. You can buy the electric guitar later, when you learn the basics. I have written an article about tips on how to buy an acoustic guitar, you can find it here. Also, I’ve written another article on buying an electric guitar, you can find that here.

Watch the tutorials carefully and practice

Honestly, listening to what the people on tutorials tell you will save you a bunch of time. Some of them offer websites and e books which teach you how to read the notes for guitar, and you don’t always have to pay for these (cool right?). All you need is to look for them.

Your online tutors will give you several tips and tricks on how to master the riffs and sound like a professional, I suggest you listen to them. I did the same mistake last year. I wanted to stick to the chords and the strumming, I was looking forward to beginning playing. Their advice is crucial to your playing, that’s why they give it to you in the first place.

Ask friends or the Web

You may know people who already learned how to play the guitar. That’s awesome. You can pick up their advice by just asking, trust me it’s worth it.

When I first started my research in order to be able to teach myself how to play the guitar, I asked my uncle where to find an acoustic guitar (because he is a music enthusiast as well). He was excited to help me and we talk about music since then, asking others is a great choice, provided that you have someone to ask of course!

The Web contains tons of information and is completely free to use. This means that it’s completely up to YOU to search and find. Trust me, the are tons of people who have learned the guitar and want to share their experience (like me!) and you can always ask us anything.

Buy a bookAcoustic Guitar and Bag

This step is optional, because all the guitar theory you need can be found online (not always free) but it would be better if you had a book that will be able to guide you and teach you step by step the guitar in theory and practice. I don’t have any book recommendations at the moment (because the books I used are not in English), but I will update this article as soon as I find something good out there.

You can go to a local store and ask the shop assistants to help you. I did this and they recommended me some of the best books that I use up until today. Some shop keepers assume that you learn with a teacher and they may seem unwilling to help. It’s alright. You can ask to see the books yourself and buy what seems to be the best choice.

The books usually have exercises to practice, and CDs to listen to as you play. They will be a helpful tool in your guitar learning experience.

Practice as much as you can

Some days you will find practicing the chords and the strumming exhausting. Speaking from experience, you will have many days like these and the only way to make guitar playing fun again is to keep on practicing.Street Musician

Remember how far you’ve come. Learning without a teacher by your side is amazing on its own. At times like these you might want to practice more simple riffs, maybe the ones you learned at the beginning of your journey. Playing something that sounds good will uplift you rconfidence.

Someday, you’ll need to learn the harder riffs though. When this time comes, you need to give yourself as much time and patience as possible in order to achieve your goals. Push harder and harder every day and you WILL get where you want to be, trust me on this one.

Good luck!

I’m sure you will become an amazing guitar player one day, if you put in all the work of course! You will be able to show off to your friends and family your outstanding skills. Remember, behind every great guitarist there are tons of time and had work devoted to achieve that result.

Don’t ever give up! As the time goes by, you will find that your guitar skills will have improved dramatically. You may not see the improvement directly, but someday you will be thankful that you offered this time and effort to guitar playing.

If you agree, disagree or simply want to add anything on what I previously mentioned please leave a comment down below and I will get back at you as fast as I can.

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Thank you!

36 Replies to “What Is The Easiest Way To Learn Guitar Online? Find Out Here…”

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I am a guitar player and have been playing Gigs and festivals for years as well as busking on a regular basis as i find it the best way to practice (you dont get so much an audience at home). So its been interesting to see what other musicians are saying on the matter as i’m considering offering online lessons too lately. Cheers. kev

    1. Hi kev. Thank you for your comment. It’s always a pleasure to find other musicians online. I’m glad you like dmy article. 

      Dominique

  2. Yeah, we now have access to so many guitar classes and videos on YouTube that there is no excuse to not learn. I know that the video’s quality can vary a lot. But there are some gems out there. And even the average guitar lesson video is good enough for a complete beginner. I am glad we have all these resources.

    1. Hi Paolo! Thank you for your comment. Exactly, there are many ways one can lear guitar today, all it needs is will too learn!

  3. Good day, I’m pleased to meet you. Well, I tried to learn and play guitar before, but I never really got it all right. I think I did not have an idea of how I should do what is right. I think watching the tutorial and practicing can be fruitful. The information you provided is detailed, and very helpful. I hope with more practice, I can get ace it. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for bringing us this encouragement to take up playing a guitar.

    I think that as is the situation with a lot of things, it is the fear of taking the first step that is the problem.  The thought that it will be too difficult puts me off so many things.  But you have given us good steps to follow to get started and get learning.

    With your advice we should all give it a go.  But as you say, it’s all about practice, practice, practice!

    1. Hi Geoff. Thanks for your comment! Yes, motivation is needed to take the first step! And practice is essential. I believe in you, keep up the great work!

  5. Thanks for these tips. I am a keyboard player who would like to learn guitar. Of course I already know music theory and can read music scores. I am wondering if there is a way for a beginner to learn the techniques. The thing about instruments is that you can grab a book here and there and start playing, but if you don’t learn the techniques at the start, you can really start off with some bad habits. Your pointers are very helpful and this idea of learning, which was at the back of my mind is encouraging me to get busy. 

    1. Hi. Thanks for your comment! I, too, started as a keyboard player and these tips come from research on the web and my personal experience. I’m glad you found them helpful!

  6. I am so uncoordinated. I’ve considered learning an instrument and I’ve never been good at reading music and following it with my hands. This one seems to be something that might work for me. I’m simply right brained, and need to work on my left brain a bit more. This looks like something that could teach me by using my right brain and tricking myself into being coordinated. 

    1. Hi DashDNations. Thanks for your comment! In guitar playing you will always find things that will confuse you on the way. The key is being consistent and practicing a lot. You will get better and better everyday, and one day you won’t believe it, trust me!

  7. Thank you very much for writing about this. I always interested to play guitar since it sounds really romantic but never had a chance in my younger days. Now I have a lot of free time because of working from home. How many hours a day should I spend to be able to play some easy songs? Thanks for your recommendation. 

    1. Hi Alblue. Thanks for your comment! I believe in you, you can do it if you put all the work in! It really depends on the person, but, from my experience, if you give yourself 1 hour and a half each day, in about a week you will be able to play 1-3 easy songs (it depends on the person again). I was playing the piano before I started learning the guitar, so my fingers were used to playing the guitar quickly. All the best!

  8. Hi Dominique,

    I keep coming because I have a passion for music but I did not really give it my best try when I was young.

    Too shy to join the choir during elementary years, had the chance to be personally coached for free in piano when I was in high school and a friend offered me guitar lessons while working. I was not that consistent in practicing and I am a bit out of age now to still learn.

    I am sharing this for your other readers who are interested to learn guitar or any musical instrument, voice lessons and other music passion to pursue and work out their music dreams. They have the advantage of social media and people like you with the same passion to teach them.

    And if they are somewhat shy like me, they have the option to lock their room and study online.

    My son by the way, learn basic guitar lessons using a book and improved his skill online and practicing in his room. I heard him humming starting 4 months and had the love to pursue it although not as zealous as I am seeing from you.

    1. Hi Rose. Thanks for your comment. It’s true, nowadays due to the social media, we have the ability to learn everything from home, most of the times for free!

  9. Hi Dominique, Thanks for your post on “What is the easiest way to learn guitar”. I think it’s simply amazing that you can learn practically everything online today. Everything from music, such as the guitar, to languages, to DIY carpentry jobs. Your guide to what is available will be extremely useful to those people wishing to learn how to play the guitar. 

    1. Hi Jenni Elliott. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It’s true, the Internet is filled with informatin nowadays, all we have to do is look for it!

  10. Thank you for the enlightening article. My son desires to learn how to play the guitar. Actually found us in the process of looking for someone to teach him but then everything was brought into a halt. You have laid out simple steps on how to go about this, which encourages me to revisit and help him fulfill this dream.

    1. Hi Bogadi. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      It is always a pleasure to hear that people want to take up an instrument. As a fellow music enthusiast, it brings me joy.

      I’m glad my article was helpful. Come back as much as you need to, and don’t forget, practice is important.

  11. It is great that we have so many resources available on the internet to make it easier to learn how to play a musical instrument, and specially the guitar. I still like to have an actual book as well that I can carry around with me. I do think that the more one can practices, the easier it will become to play the guitar, and the better you will be as well.

    1. Hi LineCowley. Thank you for your comment.

      Absolutely, many resources exist online, all that is needed is practice. A book is important too.

  12. The guitar is such a beautiful instrument and can be used in so many different ways, and in practically every genre that exists.  What are some of the famous riffs that a person could learn?  Are there any “learn to play guitar” websites that you recommend, either with real teacher, in online course form, or even maybe just as a written tutorial? Any books or CDs you recommend?  Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Molly. Thank you for your comment.

      I recommend that you read one of my previous posts: Electric Guitar Songs For Beginners: 10 Riffs To Get You Started. I listed 10 easy and famous riffs that are beginner firendly.

      As for tutorials online, I started with GuitarJamz on YouTube.
      You can find the first lesson on acoustic guitar here. Some lessons are free, you can find them here. 

      I haven’t really tried websites when I started, but if I were to recommend one that would be Guitar Tricks. This requires payment after the free trial ($19.95/ month).

      Thank you for your questions.

  13. I got to say, great article – got me reminiscing about when I was just in high school and learned how to play “kiss me” by sixpence none the richer; not because I wanted to learn to play guitar, just so I could try and impress chics… lmao – but then further down got me half thinking about trying to actually learn… It is really cool that if someone wants to, all you really need to do is buy a guitar & you can find almost anything else you need online for free. Thanks for the read!

    1. Hi. Thanks for your comment.

      It’s great that you started learning the guitar, no matter what the reason is, haha 🙂

      It’s an amazing instrument and if you give it the time, you will get great results.

  14. Hi Dominique. Very interesting article. Im just starting my adventure with guitar and posts like this are extremely helpful. Its not easy to learn play without teacher, but I found some books and online courses online which makes it possible. Long way ahead of me but I hope in few months I will be able to play at least some easy songs. Fingers crossed !

    1. Hi Cogito. Thank you for your comment!

      It’s true, by learning with a teacher, one can save tons of time. Being a self taught player, you have to find everything yourself and this slows down the process.

  15. Playing the guitar seems like a fun way to spend your free time. The guitar is one of the most commonly played instruments that’s why I would like to learn to play it for fun. And i want to know the easiest way to learn it in my free time. The thing is today we are surrounded by information, but it doesn’t mean that all of it is the best. 

    I want to begin learning a guitar and I need some music pieces to start. Thank you for recommending your first piece. I tried to play some songs but they were too complicated for a newbie. I just bought an acustic guitar and I can’t wait to get started learning with it. Thank you for all your tips!

    1. Hi. Thank you for your comment! 

      It is important that you stick to easy songs that you know at first, this wat=y you will learn easier and you will get the satisfaction of knowing how to play something on the guitar.

      I’m glad you’re starting. Practice and give it all you got!

  16. Its been very challenging helping my 13 years old son to learn guitar, although he was introduced to music in school but he is interested in learning guitar and I have not been able to help him. But with the way you explained above, I think I must get him an acoustic guitar first, and follow the tutorials with him. I will also get a good book for him. Thanks for this eye opening article  

    1. Hi. Thank you for yoru comment.

      I’m glad you found my article helpful. 

      I believe, without practicing one can’t learn, so an acoustic guitar is essential.

      Even if you can’t help him, if he’s really interested in learning, he will find his way with the tutorials online. I’m sure he can make it happen. I believe in him.

  17. Thanks for this post on learning guitar! I had the opportunity to learn guitar for the first time when I was in college. I didn’t have much access to the internet, so I just got a guitar manual and used that to learn the rudiments of solo guitar, rhythm guitar, and so on. I actually dropped the initial zeal I had for learning guitar, but I picked up again after reading your post. I am happy I stumbled upon this post. Thanks.

    Joyce

    1. Hi. Thank you for your comment.

      Wow, I’m so happy I got you to begin playing the guitar again. It’s always a pleasure to meet fellow music enthusiasts online. 

      Make sure to follow my steps and ask for help if you need it. I’m here for you and I believe in you!

  18. I never played the guitar before but you have made it look easy. My uncle brought in a guitar once but I was small and was just pulling the strings and creating sounds. In school as well I tried but I didn’t know how to play a proper tone with it.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas and experience for learning it the easy way. Hope I and many others will benefit from this article.

    1. Hi. Nabeel Razzaq. Thank you for your comment.

      I used to do this to my grandfather’s guitar. But at some point I got genuinely interested in learning how to play that instrument and I still enjy playing until today.

      I hope many people find my views useful too!

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