That's a question I’ve had a lot from music students learning how to play guitar as well as colleagues over the years. We can all dabble in many styles. These will include some styles that we may feel quite confident in right up to some stressful moments in performance of genres and styles that we might barely get away with. I know what it feels like at both ends of the spectrum!
I guess my answer is: anything that I find “playable” ! Playable means low stress. Playable means fun! So to add to that I would say to anyone interested in learning how to play the guitar:
-just keep it simple and make it “playable”.
Just add a little patience, persistence and determination and hey presto! Let the fun begin :-)
If not by just some chance coincidence you have arrived at this website for a reason.
Have you reached a point of frustration with all the UN-playable guitar lessons out there on the internet for us mortals?
If you can count to twelve...
If you can say the alphabet from A to G...
If you can clap the rhythm to a simple tune like Happy Birthday...
If you can hold a pencil between your thumb and any finger...
...then you can learn how to play guitar. Even if you can't do all these things I still know I can help you.
I know because that's what I do. I teach. I have a talent for teaching music. I know this from the concrete measurable results that my students get. I have been a professional musician and qualified music teacher for many years (more than I care to admit to). My students range in age from children to retired people. They have reached goals that range from hobbyist for fun to reaching professional status, from living rooms to pubs to exam success to top chart success and international recording deals. Some are now school and university teachers themselves (as well as other music related careers).
The short story here is that I am probably like many of you out there. I wanted to learn to play but it didn't come easy. The more I got involved the more I got to play with better players. It seemed like everyone was better than me. I realised this wasn't going to come natural for me so I ended up learning (and still am) every trick in the book to keep up. After gigs people started approaching me asking if I gave lessons and that's really how it started. I really enjoy showing people my arsenal of mnemonics, short cuts, timesavers and tricks. These are things that I needed to develop to survive and get to play with some awesome players! That's why I'm so sure I can help you. If you can count to twelve...etc... then you can learn how to play guitar!!!
Are you trying to decide what size and kind of guitar to buy? Maybe you just want some clear advice on how to tune your new guitar. Perhaps you just want to try something new and explore the idea of how to play guitar in general. You could be a parent looking for ways to encourage your child’s development through music. You might be doing your Board level Exam Grades or National Diploma (European visitors). Maybe you’re doing a music or teaching degree or you want to learn and master how to play guitar as a serious hobby or even as a professional performance endeavour. It could be you are just plain curious or you’re looking for a source of motivation, self-confidence or a satisfying creative outlet. Possibly you are just searching for new playing material. Who ever you are and whatever your reason to explore this site, no matter where you have already reached on your musical development journey, I believe there will be something here of value to you or anyone learning how to play guitar. Especially as this site grows from these humble beginnings. If you're not sure where to start just work your way down the buttons from the top on the left hand side of this page. Or just click on any link that interests you.
Here is where you will find an ever increasing catalogue of guitar video lessons, guitar TAB, sheet music, free exercises and music related information to suit your needs, as well as a growing resource of musical guidance and the community spirit of like minded friendly musicians to interact with from all over the world and best of all it is absolutely free! Subscribe to my RSS feed and/or newsletter to keep updated on the site’s growth and progress.
If you're chomping at the bit and want a quick start or quick view of the early stages of this site, then you should have a look at the list of the many various short videos covering aspects of:
To see the complete video list on Vimeo click here
To see the complete video list on YouTube click here
(N.B.The Advanced Lesson from Silvery Records/RNA Artist Paul Whitehead is available only on this site)
If you are brand new to the wonders of learning music do not panic or even worry in the slightest, even if you've never picked up a guitar always remember...
If you can:
Count to twelve and say the alphabet from A to G
(You can understand and use music theory)
Hold a pencil between the tip of your thumb and your index finger with either hand
(You can build your playing technique)
Recognise a simple tune like Happy Birthday or Jingle Bells and Clap the rhythm to it
(You can learn how to train and develop your ear)
You CAN learn how to play guitar.
You can learn how to play a guitar well enough to play what is “playable” for you. Playable well enough for you to enjoy and share with your friends and family and even your community or just for your own satisfaction to retreat into a world of peace and harmony in an otherwise hectic and at times unforgiving world.
Even if you can’t do all the things on my little list that doesn’t really matter, we can still work together and get satisfying results for you (which by the way is great results for me!).
So then, why not have a go at how to play the guitar now? Not sure where to start?
Try starting at the top of the left hand side navigation column and work your way down the tab buttons or just click on any link that interests you.
Whatever happens try to remember that this site is still very new, so book mark it and come back regularly to see what’s new and happening in the world of PlayableGuitar.com. (You can join my newsletter and or RSS to get any updates right to your own email inbox) Happy Playing!