How to learn social guitar in eight weeks?
November 6, 2011 2:54 PM Subscribe
I'm going to practice guitar half an hour a day for the next 56 days. I've never played an instrument before, and I'd like to learn basic social guitar. What goals make sense for that timeframe, and how should I practice?
posted by jhc to media & arts (20 answers total) 79 users marked this as a favorite
As background, I'm trying to teach myself to finish personal projects that don't have an immediate payoff. So I've made a pact with some friends to meet online at the same time every morning for eight weeks and each practice something we've had trouble sticking with. For me it's guitar.
So what should I practice? I'm pretty much starting from zero -- can't read music, never played an instrument, sing badly. Ideally after eight weeks I'll be able to sit around with friends and play a few basic songs, strum along with my girlfriend's fiddle tunes, etc. -- just the basic acoustic folk-pop-y social music that people often bring guitars out for.
(1) What are some achievable goals to set for myself in eight weeks? What specific skills should I practice? How would you spend the half hour?
(2) Is there a book, online class, video, or something that would fit particularly well with this project? It must be a pretty common goal, but a few google searches didn't turn up anything helpful. I'll probably try to find a teacher to check in with every week or two as well, but it would be nice to have a course to follow at home.