When it comes to thinking about learning how to play the guitar, I’m sure that many people have
considered whether or not it is possible to teach yourself guitar. Well I know that it is possible. I have
known a guy in the navy who just went out and bought himself a guitar and played along to the radio.
Gradually, bit by bit he got better and better until he could eventually play. No doubt a few guys probably
showed him a thing or two along the way but the point is that mostly he taught himself. I certainly don’t
think that I could have done that and I believe that the majority of people need a little
I know of another
guy who did pretty much the same thing. Both play very well.
An idea of where
to start is generally necessary for most people. How to play notes, chord shapes, strumming patterns, finger
picking styles etc; all these things have their place and it helps to have some guidance and help with how to do
these things. If you want to slow down some music tracks to make it easier to learn the guitar riff
you can get software to enable you to do this.
Here to take a check out Riff Master
No doubt about it if you have some natural talent that will help. Is natural talent
essential? Nope I don’t think it is. All you need is the desire, the motivation and the determination to play
and eventually you will. ‘There is more than one way to skin a cat’ of course. More simply put, there is more
than one way to learn guitar but if you want to teach yourself guitar, where do you start?
Well you could do
one of the following if you want to learn guitar:
- Buy a book
- Buy a CD
- Buy a DVD
- Go to a music teacher
- Download some online
However, if you
want to teach yourself guitar you really need to play to your strengths. Would you be happy to watch a DVD?
Would you be comfortable? How best have you learned things best in the past? Could you relate to learning from a
book? Would it be better to have some form of sound reference? Would it help you to watch someone play? Ask
yourself the question ‘What do I think would work best for me?’ That should give you the best idea of where to
If you have no
idea we would recommend Jamorama or Guitar Superstars. There are more detailed reviews of Jamorama and
Guitar Superstars elsewhere on this website together with some reviews of other guitar training products
but if you want to teach yourself guitar either Jamorama or guitar Superstars would be at the top of our list as
reasons for our recommendation are:
- Jamorama or Guitar Superstars are not cheating – they
are a training aids
- There are two versions of Jamorama and depending on
what form of training would suit you best
- Guitar Superstars
offers the opportunity of learning different styles of guitar playing from a number of professional
- Both are very comprehensive
However, check out
the reviews of the other products because there may be a different product which you think could suit you more.
Remember – play to your strengths. Select the method that involves the type of learning that you are most
If you really are
intent on going it alone and all you want is to learn by ear then Riff Master Pro is the tools to
Riff Master Pro is
software which enables you to slow down a track but keep the pitch. This gives you the chance to listen and
pick up the guitar riff so much easier.
To have a look at
the software and see what it is capable of and to see how it could help you -