Beginner Guitar FAQ

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It’s hard for beginning guitar players. Not because it’s hard to learn guitar, but because there are so many resources and ways to learn that it can be difficult choosing where to begin. Guitar Noise has been answering your guitar questions for more than fifteen years. The answers to the most common questions are featured here.

  • For a more complete answer check out the Best Way to Learn Guitar page and Where do I Begin?

    Confronted with so many choices, deciding where to begin learning the guitar can be a difficult decision. Every journey begins with a single step, and while this may seem like a carefully planned plug, you would do well to spend a few hours familiarizing yourself with Guitar Noise.

    First of all, what level of beginner are you? Do you even have a guitar yet? If not, you’re going to need a little support and guidance when it comes to buying your first guitar.

    Tuning a guitar is the single most important concept for a beginning guitarist to learn. If your guitar is not in tune, it will never sound good. Rather than having someone else tune your guitar all the time you should learn how to tune it by yourself.

    Once you’ve got a guitar in tune the next step is to learn some chords. Learning chords is all about figuring out where to put your fingers on the strings.

    If you’re planning on playing guitar for a long time and making it a big part of your life, it’s never too early to start learning how to read standard notation.

    At this point you’re probably ready to jump in and start learning your first song, if you haven’t done so already. Many teach yourself to play guitar books will start you off with simple strumming patterns on some rather old songs. Guitar Noise has licensed some popular rock and classic rock songs to create Easy Songs for Beginners Lessons. Each lesson takes an easy and well known song and presents it in the form of a lesson. Not only do you learn to play the song well enough to impress other people, you will also learn some useful theory and techniques that you’ll need later on.


    These are just some of the ways you can approach learning guitar. For a more complete answer check out What is the Best Way to Learn Guitar?

    Also worth reading is the blog post Where Do I Begin?

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