How long will it take me to learn to play the guitar?

It depends on what goals you have set for yourself, and at what level of efficiency you want to obtain. If your goal is to be able to play chords and accompany yourself while you sing then it’s possible to achieve that within 6 to 8 months. Other factors make a difference such as the natural strength of the left hand, innate ability of fret board visualization, and if you have a “good ear” or not. It’s possible to play simple songs in a few weeks, or be able to read music within a couple of months.

Some aspiring musicians have the dream of becoming a rock star, classical guitarist, or play rhythm or lead in a band. Like anything else, the more time you put into your practice the more you’ll have the sense of accomplishment. That is if your goals are reasonable. Don’t expect to be on the cover of “Guitar One” in a few months. Many musicians didn’t just wake up one day a star rocker, or a prominent jazz player. It took years of dedication, hard work, and more hard work! But all can be accomplished with passion and drive beyond the average strummer.

On a lighter note, to find a happy medium, expect a year or two of consistent and thoughtful practice to achieve the goal of being labeled a “good guitarist.”