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How long does it take to learn guitar professionally? – Guitar Tricks

1 year is a good age for a beginner to learn guitar. The more you play, the better you get. But don’t expect to be 100% ahead by the time you’re 25. It’s actually very unlikely for a beginner to play as good, or even average, by the age of 25.

For an excellent introduction to playing guitar, read Paul Rachman’s guitar tutorial and tune up guide.


2. Do you have any hobbies outside of guitar?

I get to play every day. I just started my freelance web developer gig and have a lot planned for 2014.

I got my first guitar around 20 years ago and play with both the guitar and drums when I’m at home.

3. What are your musical inspirations and interests?

The last year I’ve been playing jazz. I’m not bad at classical guitar but I never played with a real band. I also love classic rock. I know a few great players who are great guitar players. Also I love listening to rock and classical music while driving to work.

4. If you were a fictional character, who would you be and why?

It’s hard to choose an ideal character… I have a lot of character traits and quirks. I am not an introverted person but I am very happy to talk a lot to someone who doesn’t know much about me!

5. Tell us about your greatest achievement to date.

I have always wanted to make music professionally but didn’t know where to go. I’ve made 2 albums so far but am still working on the third. I want to make as many as I can before I stop.

6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given and why?

Music can teach people how to live a better life, how to take better care of the planet and how to care for your fellow life forms. I guess the best advice would be to “trust your own instincts”. No one is perfect but you can learn to change your life for the better.

I used to have a lot of fears around music. I thought that I was wasting time and money, and there was only one place to learn it – at school. Now I can choose music at home, and even in the morning before my classes – just like my grandmother could choose to spend her mornings singing “The Star Spangled Banner”.

7. Do you think there’s any secret behind your music playing?

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