1-16 Learning Guitar – Getting the Most From The Process


If you’re struggling because your fingers are thicker than normal… I’ve created a lesson just for you.

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed when learning something new. But learning to play guitar doesn’t have to be stressful. It should be fun, even when it’s challenging.

Now is a really good time to take a step back and look at the larger picture: The process of learning to play guitar.

Understanding the process of learning to play guitar will help you progress more and with less stress.

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Thank you for this video . I have been working thru the start of your program and i have hit a couple frustrating spots and after few months just wanted to throw my guitar lol. More than half of what you said i have thought lol. Thank you for the encouragement when you talked about the trouble spots I realize i wont let it destroy all the good areas and will continue to work on these area that give me trouble.

Thank you

I complain about soreness of fingers alot but its more of conversation and humor thing even though it is true it hurts alot lol. I dont quit and I intentionally chose acoustic for it being tougher to play than electric but in long run I think it will be more rewarding and once I master acoustic I will buy me a nice electric as well maybe something more vintage than the fusion guitars I owned in the past perhaps a Gibson or fender or something classic.

Tomas (Administrator) January 30, 2023 at 9:01 pm

Hi Brian, I appreciate your willingness to review the basics. You’ll find a lot of The Beginner’s Journey a review for you, but there’s a lot of info in there that many self-taught guitar players miss out on.

In the 2nd Adventure I’ll teach how to read Tab. You probably understand Tab and it’s okay to skip it. That said, if you’re okay with the review, it’s a good opportunity to work on getting the individual notes clean and with good technique. It’s a habit that will serve you well as we get more advanced.

In the 3rd we’ll get into full chords. From that point on, I’ll be integrating bits of theory along the way.

It’s good to have you here Brian.

Great insight and projection on what to think about and to keep in mind. Thank You Tomas..

Thank you Tomas! This is exactly what I needed to hear. I’m really enjoying myself!

Tomas (Administrator) October 6, 2021 at 8:09 pm

I’m glad to hear that Jim.

One of the best banjo pickers I ever knew was missing the bones in the index finger of his right hand, so he just didn’t use it and picked with the other three!

Good idea about learning the strings without lokking Pete. Must also try selecting chords with my eyes shut!

Tomas (Administrator) July 29, 2018 at 10:48 pm

Hi Pistol Pickin’ Pete,
Thanks for your comment. It’s nice to hear from you, Pete. The Real Guitar Success program and private lessons are a great combination. I’m really glad to hear you appreciate the importance of the basics and a good foundation. Your man after my own heart 🙂 Let me know if I can never answer questions also give you another take on something you learn with your instructor.


Pistol Pickin' Pete July 28, 2018 at 7:05 pm

I am enjoying this course and I thank you for putting this together. I have a local instructor, but after a week with Guitar Success, I am confident that your program is what I need. There is just too much to cover with a personal instructor is a short lesson each week. I have also slowed down my progress and I am focusing on learning each string without looking. This takes me back to when I learned how to fly and then became a flight instructor. The basics were very important and you have to get competent with take offs, landings, and low altitude flying before you went off on complex maneuvers. The basics…add power…and climb out.

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