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Learn to Play the Guitar in 7 Days! 

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It’s time to conquer your fear of learning a new instrument and get strumming! With just seven days, you can go from never having played before to playing basic songs. All it takes is a little bit of focus, determination, and practice – and you’ll be on your way to becoming a guitar master in no time. Let’s break down what it takes to learn how to play the guitar in seven days. 

Before day 1, you’ll need to get your hands on an instrument. Borrow one from a friend if you can. If you can’t, you can pick one up on the cheap from Amazon. Here are some you can pick up for under $50.

Day 1 – Get Acquainted with Your Instrument 

Before you start playing, take some time to get familiar with the parts of your instrument. What are the strings? What does each string represent? How do I tune my guitar? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you get started on the right foot.

Day 2 – Start Strumming 

Now that you know the basics about your instrument, it’s time to start strumming. Start by getting comfortable holding your guitar and plucking or strumming strings one at a time. Listen for any changes that occur when you press down or lift up on the strings while strumming them. This will help build your muscle memory so that it becomes easier over time. You can also try playing simple chords like A Minor and C Major. Don’t worry if it feels awkward at first – everyone starts somewhere!  

Day 3 – Learn Basic Chords & Songs 

Now that you’re more familiar with how to hold your guitar and strum chords, it’s time to start learning more complex chords like G7 and D Minor as well as how to read chord diagrams so that you can play any song quickly and easily. After mastering some basic chords, begin learning some easy songs like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Once you have those songs under your belt, move onto more challenging tunes like Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” 

Day 4-7 – Keep Practicing!

By this point, you should have a good foundation of basic skills necessary for playing the guitar. Now all that’s left is practice – lots of practice! Spend at least an hour every day working on perfecting basic chord progressions as well as more difficult songs until they sound just right. You may not see results immediately but over time, with enough dedication, patience and hard work, you’ll find yourself able to play any song put in front of you in no time!  

Learning an instrument can seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be! If you take advantage of seven full days (or even just four), there’s no reason why anyone can’t learn how to play the guitar from scratch in practically no time at all! With dedication, focus and lots of practice, soon enough anyone can become a master guitarist – happy strumming!