I get a lot of questions asking if it’s possible to learn how to play the guitar in the span of  a single day. The answer is yes, and no.

You can certainly spend a few hours on some basic guitar lessons and play your first song within a day. Many songs are made up of as little as three different chords. So once you learn the chords, it’s just a matter of getting the rhythm down and playing the song.

Once you learn a few basic chords, you can literally learn how to play thousands of songs.

One thing that can hamper progress are the fundamentals. Once you’ve practiced for awhile playing a G or an A chord is pretty easy. When you’re first starting out though, it can be tough to do even the most basic things.

That’s why it’s important to make sure you are learning to do things right the first time you learn them. If you don’t, you may find yourself picking up some bad habits that can be tough to break in the future.

So for that reason it’s critical to learn the basics the right way. One of the best sites around for learning the basics is JamPlay.

They have extremely intuitive lessons that clearly explain the right and wrong ways to play basic chords.

The lessons take you from the simple basics such as how to hold the guitar correctly, all the way through the more advanced things like using technical scales to play intricate solos.

To sum it up, yes, you can learn how to play a few songs in the span of  a day. But if you learn how to do it the wrong way those bad habits can come back to haunt your for years to come.

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