A great way to spend some leisure time and have some fun is to learn how to play the acoustic
guitar. Depending on your goals and the style of music you’re interested in, you can learn the
basics of the instrument and be playing songs in a few short months.
The acoustic guitar is very similar to the electric guitar. Their main difference is their
musical application. The acoustic guitar, here meaning steel string guitars like Dreadnoughts,
Jumbos, or even the smaller Parlour guitars, are best for learning basic open position chords,
strumming patterns, and simple note-reading. To learn how to play the acoustic guitar, you might
start with using a pick, although if you are interested in a particular finger-style, there is no
reason not to start learning that style right away.
Regardless of the style of music you are interested in you will find that the types of lessons,
and their initial material will be similar.
The most traditional approach to learn how to play the acoustic guitar is through private
lessons. You sign up for a weekly half-hour session with an instructor. You can find private
instructors at your local music school and community centers. Many instructors also choose simply
to teach out of their homes. If you wish to go this route, try to get a recommendation for a
teacher through a friend or colleague.
You can also learn how to play the acoustic guitar through guitar classes at schools, and
community centers. Classes tend to run in small terms, some as short as six weeks. These classes
may focus on a particular style or technique and can be a good introduction to the guitar, as well
as provide a way of meeting other guitar enthusiasts.
Self-study methods are also a viable option for learning the basics of the guitar. Major music
publishing houses provide a wide assortment of method books and DVD recordings that teach beginning
guitar, as well as those focusing on a particular style or technique.
Now with the internet, many students learn how to play the acoustic guitar online. Online guitar
lessons tend to be a little less expensive than the ones you may find in more traditional formats,
and their quality is constantly improving. Online guitar courses often have the advantage over more
traditional forms of self-study methods by providing some kind of feedback system through online
chats and forums.
Regardless of which method you choose to learn how to play the acoustic guitar, a key part of
your progress will be determined by how well you are able to stick to a regular practice routine.
You actually do not need to spend a great deal of time practicing your guitar lessons to progress.
In your first few months, you may need as little as an hour or so per week, and that's really it.
What’s important is how you spend that time and being consistent.
Try to set aside four to five fifteen to twenty minute time slots per week on different days and
dedicate this time to learn how to play the acoustic guitar. Use this time to really focus in on
your guitar lesson for the week and practice any new technique you picked up. If you’re still in
the mood to play after your dedicated twenty minute practice time, then play on. Have some fun and
try putting together some of your own jams.