Learn How to Play the Guitar as a Complete Beginner

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You’re never too old or too young to learn something new! If you came across this blog post, you’re probably tried on your own and couldn’t figure out how the guitar worked. Or, maybe you want to have a complete overview before even starting.

Truths and Misconceptions

First off, the guitar is one of the cheapest instruments to buy. If you want to know what the best acoustic guitars are for beginners, I would recommend a Yamaha F325D Acoustic, or even a Taylor GS Mini.

Playing on your time will definitely benefit you, and don’t let lack of time stop you. The guitar is like a bike; once you learn you’ll never forget. Your muscle memory will kick in, and your fingers will naturally go to the chord position they’re used to.

If you’re new to this, don’t be discouraged! Anyone of any ability can learn to play the guitar. Success in learning any instrument is consistency. It also doesn’t matter if you’re left-handed, or right-handed.

Picking an Instrument

We went over a few guitars we’d recommend to start with, but if you’re looking for something besides that, pay attention to the price, player age/size, style, where you’re purchasing, and the condition of the guitar.

Location of Purchase

Going to a pawn shop may seem attractive to someone low on funds, but if you’re new to playing, it’s best to buy from an experienced purchaser. Local music retailers are great for talking face to face about damage and quality. Check reviews before purchasing, as well.


You don’t have to fork out a lot of money for a quality guitar. If you shop around, you can easily find a guitar in the $200 range or less. This includes new guitars. Some shops will offer a bulk purchase deal, which usually includes a bag, picks, and a tuner.

Acoustic Guitars are Best for Beginners

No additional equipment is required for an acoustic. These guitars will also be able to be played anywhere without an amp, and they also have a narrower neck for smaller fingers.

Beginner Guitar Chords

Now that you have the guitar, we have to figure out how to play it. Below are a few starter chords for you to try out. The numbers will indicate where you put your fingers, while the “x” at the top of the stings means not to strum those chords. “O” are strummed chords that don’t require you to put your finger on the string.

D Chord

C Chord

G Chord

E-minor Chord

Keep in mind that these are just beginner chords – you’ll get to he more fun an elaborate songs as you continue to practice and get better.

That’s it! You’re already on your way to playing the guitar.

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