Guitar is among the oldest and most played musical instrument for various obvious reasons in Cape Town. It can produce a wide variety of tones and is perfect for all music genres. Every kind of music goes well with a guitar which is why many people spend money in learning to play the guitar from a beginner to professional level. One common question people ask is how long does it take to learn how to play a guitar? This has no definite answer as many factors influence how one person learns. Others think it only takes talent to learn the guitar and that lessons won’t help. While it is true that talent makes a couple of things easier, guitar learning requires way more than that. One who practices diligently and spends enough time mastering the new taught finger moves will become a professional quicker than a lazy talented person. So how do you learn to become a professional from the beginning stage? Here are a few insights to help you answer the question:
Always remember to practice regularly
Learning how to play a guitar in Cape Town is essentially an endless process as your gain new insights and moves every time you get a hold of the musical instrument. You never know all you can achieve with a guitar and new days bring new things. It is all about learning new finger movements and styles. You will be required to strengthen various hand muscles and learn precise, well-coordinated hand and finger movements. One funny thing about guitar playing is that you must improve the memory of your hand muscle in order to learn movements and progress at playing guitar. The only way to move from the beginner to professional level is through regular practice. The more time you spend practicing taught moves, the quicker you become a professional at playing those various styles.
Divide your practice into sections
As aforementioned, it is difficult to state exactly how long it takes to lean how to play a guitar. However, time frames can be put for learning specific areas of the learning process and it is very important to do so. It does not only make things easy but also allows you to monitor your progress. A quintessential time frame schedule for training looks as follows;
• 1-2 months – Learning to play easy songs like strumming a few chords, single-string-plucking and playing songs with limited string jumping. Chord arpeggios can also be learnt at this stage.
• 3-6 months – Here, you will be playing slightly difficult songs which characterize more technical elements like easy hammer-ons and pull-offs.
• 1 year – This level involves playing intermediate difficulty songs including popular guitar songs. Many learners at this level have a definitive feel about bare chords and prefer more blues and riffs among popular songs.
• 2 years – This is already a pro stage as you have learnt most technical elements of guitar playing. In 2 years, you should be able to play several guitar songs. Of course you must practice before playing although this takes a very short time and no effort as you know what is needed.
• 2-3 years – At three years, it should be a full blown professional level where you can begin to improvise your guitar (for those who learnt guitar theory).
• 5-6 years – This is the professional stage where you can do whatever you want with the guitar as you have knowledge of all the elements. You can call yourself advanced or professional guitarist.
• 10 years – At 10 years, you star exploring more guitars and identify differences between them. You will probably start feeling that you do not know many things yet and your guitar collection will increase each year.
After ten years of playing a guitar, you will be hooked on entertaining your friends and family all the time. Learning to play guitar to worship is pretty important as you need an instrument to do that. There is a bible college in Cape Town where they teach you how to worship in spirit and truth so having a guitar once you’ve been on one of their courses will come in very handy.You will also find 2-3 guitars you love most. Learning to play guitar from a beginner to professional level is not a hard feat to achieve. Within 2 years, you should have mastered enough technical skills and techniques to entertain a guitar-loving crowd.
There are several factors involved in learning the guitar. Some people are talented and will quickly get hooked to playing different tunes. Those who practice regularly also have ease learning. Others have a difficult time remembering the guitar elements and hand movements required. The most important things when learning to play guitar from a beginner to professional are focus, practice and determination. Make guitar playing and practicing your hobby. You can always take classes or even purchase training DVDs to learn on your own.