ysabel asked in Entertainment & MusicMusic · 1 decade ago

how many years does it take to be good at playing guitar?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Thats a really hard question to answer, because you don't ever really quit improving. I've been playing for 16 years, and I still get better. It takes a lot of practice, and you should try to play every day when you're starting out. If you have some talent, you may find that a year into it you can blow a lot of other folks out of the water already if you practice. I would advise you to take lessons from someone who plays the kind of music you like, and definitely someone who knows and can teach music theory, as it really helps

  • 1 decade ago

    I started playing when I was sixteen and loved it, lived it, even slept with it. Within a month I was able to outplay the fellow showing me the basics. I played steadily for four years until I joined the Army.

    During my Army service I played in competitions and formed bands whenever practical, usually performing as the lead guitarist and singer. Shortly before my retirement from the Army I played solo performances in and around the town I was living.

    My primary mentor throughout the years was Chet Atkins and I tried my best to mimic his every nuance and rippling arpeggios until one day I realized I had to refine my own style of playing.

    Now, I use Chet Atkins's methods a lot, but I also employ techniques from other well-known guitarists into a playing style that is comfortable for me. I teach and still play whenever possible in my retirement years.

    I'm nearing my 50th anniversary of guitar playing this month and the primary advice I leave is that if you love the instrument then devote a lot of practice and learn new things that give challenge. Even if you only play for rocks and walls with no human appreciation play anyway.

    I'm not rich and famous from my God-given music talents and the years of playing, but I'm rich in what I've learned and can now share with the younger generations. Part of my problem was that I had too many other interests in life that took time away from guitar work such as two careers, living a biker life for a while, and writing.

    Whatever you do to hone in on your own guitar playing, concentrate on music theory and its applications, perform whenever possible to give you that needful stage personality and confidence before others, and be sincere and courteous always with the people listening. They are your feedback and your profit.

    Take care of your guitars and they will sustain you.

    Source(s): Just life.
  • 1 decade ago

    ive been playing for 3. I am comfortable enough to play with a band if I had the opprotunity but there is definitely room for improvement. I still need plenty of practice to get to the point where I can play exactly what Im feeling. Some people its longer or shorter. My friend has been playing for about 3 years but refuses to learn scales and wants to learn by 'feel'. Well hes not getting very far and when he tries to write stuff its nothing more than a few repetative riffs.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well I started when I was 14 and now I am 30 and I play pretty decent with no lessons. I can play some classical guitar. Practice practice! Taking lessons helps a lot I am sure though.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It depends how smart you are, how quick you pick up on everything, and how much time you spend on it. If you work hard you can become really good in 3 or 4 years.

  • 1 decade ago

    if you like playing guitar you will play to your whole life. so it won't be matter to you the spend time for learning play guitar.if you practice hard you'll learn faster

  • 1 decade ago

    bout 3 took me this long

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's according to how determined and dedicated you are.

  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on how talented you really are.

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