After answering several beginner guitar questions on some Q+A websites, I noticed that many of them were asked repeatedly. You'll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions here.
The short answer...it varies, and it takes a large investment of time to learn to play well. Nobody has ever picked up a guitar for the first time and started playing, that's just a fantasy.
You're desire to learn to play guitar is the most important factor, because your commitment determines how much time and effort you'll invest on a daily basis.
How in depth do you want to learn to play? If you're only goal is to strum a song using basic chords, it won't take as long as it does to master every aspect of playing guitar, however, you still won't learn to play guitar in a weekend as some guitar lessons claim.
There are other important factors to consider too.
It takes just as long to learn guitar using an acoustic versus electric guitar. The only difference is that it's easier to press the strings down on an electric guitar than an acoustic, because the strings are thinner and the string height is lower on an electric. This isn't always the case though. Sometimes a cheaply built or poorly setup electric guitar is harder to play than a good acoustic guitar.The real question might be... which guitar should you play? It's not smart to choose which type of guitar you want to learn on just because the strings are easier to press down. There is a lot to consider. If you're choosing a guitar for MORE...
Choosing the right beginner acoustic guitar can mean years of enjoyment, choosing the wrong one can be disheartening. What's a good choice for one person isn't necessarily the best choice for another.
Three things to keep in mind when you buy an acoustic guitar are, the style of music you want to play, the sound you want, and how much you're willing to pay.
There are a lot of variables in acoustic guitar quality and prices(a Martin D100 costs $109,999.00), some are musical instruments and others are no more than toys. If you are planning on buying a guitar soon, you should read: How To Choose The Right Guitar.
Every guitar player that you ask will give you a different answer to that question because they each have their favorite guitars. There are a lot of differences between one electric guitar and another, and the things that you expect from your guitar, won't be the same as someone else wants.
The good news is that there has never been a better time to buy an electric guitar than nowadays; you definitely get more for your money, thanks to technology. Check out: How To Buy The Right Guitar. You'll discover a lot of important information there, and the time that you invest reading it will pay off!
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Peoples fingertips always get a little tender for the first few weeks when you learn beginner guitar. Questions about how long are hard to answer because you may have a guitar with rusty strings or bad action that's contributing to your pain.
You may be pressing on the strings too hard.
Practice getting just the right pressure by pressing firmly on the string until you get a clear sustaining note, then, slowly release some pressure until the note starts to die out. Do this several times until you get a feel for it. Use the least amount of pressure you can, while getting the note to ring clear and long. I can't stress enough how important this is, always try to push down as lightly as possible.MORE...
The most common method of tuning is by comparing the guitar's strings to each other. To use this method you need a reference note either from another guitar, piano, pitch pipe, or tuning fork.
If you don't have a tuner you can tune your guitar here, and now.
You'll find several methods of tuning and you will be able to download a free chromatic guitar tuner for your PC desktop