So you’re on the path to learning guitar. That’s great. I want to help.
I learned guitar partially by having unofficial lessons from my uncle and brother.
I learned mostly from the internet.
And you can too. Yeah, you can get lessons, and maybe that’s best for you.
But you don’t have to. You can do it on your own if you want.
So here are four specific tools that helped me learn guitar.
I’ll be honest, I still use ChordFind.com sometimes. It’s the simplest chord-finding website I’ve found.
You can even do a reverse lookup.
Like, if you remember where to put your fingers but you can’t recall the name of the chord, no problem. Just type in where you’re putting your fingers on what strings and it will tell you the chord.
This was a crucial tool in my learning guitar.
A Guitar Chord Chart (Yes, A Physical One)
Why would you need a physical chord chart if you have ChordFind.com? Good question.
Picture this. You’re in your bedroom practicing guitar and suddenly you can’t remember how to play a Gmaj7.
Instead of whipping out your phone or laptop, opening your browser, typing in ChordFind.com, and pulling up how to play Gmaj7…
…you could just lift your head and look at the chord chart hanging on the wall.
Boom. No interruption. No devices. You can just keep playing guitar.
My brother had a chord chart hanging in his room — a chart similar to this one — and it was super helpful.
UltimateGuitar.com is a website full of chords and lyrics of pretty much any song you know.
This is the site that allowed me to learn almost all of the songs I learned.
Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes”? UltimateGuitar.com.
The Beatles’ “Blackbird”? UltimateGuitar.com.
“I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From” by Kings Of Convenience? You guessed it — UltimateGuitar.com.
And its library has grown a lot since I first started guitar. You should really check it out.
Headphones (Or Something To Listen With)
You might be surprised to see headphones on this list. Well here’s why: you’ll need these for practice.
The way I learned to play guitar was by looking up the chords to a song I liked, practicing that song over and over, and then eventually playing along with the song.
Hence, the headphones.
Just get something that allows you to practice along with a song.