Here are some options for teaching yourself about how to play guitar in less than three minutes or less.
Online Videos For Learning How To Play Guitar
These tracks are perfect for beginners who want to learn a few chords. Most of the tracks you’re going to find on YouTube (except for Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”) are free. These are videos that will make it easy to learn a song. You won’t need to set up the class or use any gimmicks. All you have to do is look at the videos and listen to the music and you’ll be on your way. Some of the greatest songbook videos, including B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” (1945), Aretha Franklin’s “Jump To It” (1967), Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” (1990), and Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland” (1977) are free on YouTube.
Still, why is watching a song’s guitar parts on YouTube better than to actually play them? It’s because the guitarist’s body and left hand fills out some of the most important sound frequencies. That’s why the guitarists who perform these songs believe that watching a video helps you pick up their technique faster.
One of the best and simplest online videos for learning the basics of guitar is this one posted by Alex Diaz. Diaz wasn’t a practicing guitarist in the traditional sense, but he learned to play while playing in an alternative rock band, and has become one of the most interesting and talented guitarists in the world. At under two minutes, the video shows him teach himself how to play several other songs on guitar in less than 20 minutes and from there he “caught up,” and learned to play the instrument without memorizing songs. You can watch him play “The Hardest Road” from his “Recreational” album here.