Step #1: Find a good teacher Finding a good teacher is extremely important in you guitar journey. You’ll need someone who is patient, understanding, and knowledgeable. Learning the guitar at first can be frustrating. Your teacher should encourage you along the way, help with your technique, and help to keep you motivated. Your teacher should have a vast understanding of technique and music theory too. It’s one thing to teach someone to play some chords, but another thing entirely to have you understand what you’re playing and how to use the scales, chords, riffs, arpeggios, modes, and runs in context with what you are working on in your guitar lessons. A mediocre player who knows his theory is far better than an advanced player who has no idea what his fingers are doing on the fret board. Ask that advanced guitarist to improvise in different keys, transpose, play with a live band, or write a song. He’ll be clueless. Step #2: Don’t be a perfectionist It takes time to become a good guitarist. It’s a journey, not a 30 minute walk in the park. When your teacher first shows you something new in your guitar lessons, it’s ok to not be able to do it right away. Don’t get hung up on the fact that you’re not playing it perfectly yet. With some practice you’ll get it. Step #3: Practice Practice is the single most important factor determining how much you will progress on the guitar. Some people pick up on things quicker than others but practice is still a necessity. Research suggests that elite guitarists, pianists, violinists, athletes, and other professionals require at least 10,000 hours of practice to become a master at their craft. This equates to an hour of practice every day for 30 years. That’s a lot of practice, so don’t neglect it! Always practice for your guitar lessons.