A Complete Checklist for Learning Guitar

Learning how to play the guitar can be challenging, that is if you don’t know the proper way of doing it. Although many people suggest different ways to learn, there’s one solution that can help every student. 

To begin with, you should have a checklist of what to learn first. That way, you won’t get lost when learning how to play the guitar. 

So here’s our complete checklist to learning guitar. 

Reading Music 

You should first learn how to read music. You will need this if you’re going to learn guitar or any instrument for that matter. It’s not complicated, so don’t worry. 

Open Position 

The first 3 frets of each string or what is called an open position is very important. Try to learn the open position of each string first, then keep expanding. 

Open Position Chords 

These are chords that use the open position. If you’re going to learn about this, don’t take too much at once. I suggest 3 open position chords at a time. 

Music Theory 

I’m sure you’ve heard of music theory. While you may think it’s not needed, it actually is. It can expand your perspective in the guitar training process. 


Strumming is also another common term. As a beginner, you should first learn to strum after knowing the chords. Just practice your rhythms until you get the hang of it. 


In the early stages of learning guitar, there are automatic tuners. However, you should still know how to tune by ear. Who knows when your electric tuner will break, right? 

Barre Chords 

Unlike open position chords, barre chords use all frets. Learn every voicing, from major to minor, and the chords for all strings. 

Pentatonic Scales 

Many might suggest that you learn major scales first, but learning pentatonic scales is more beneficial. Don’t master it all at once, though. Take it slowly. 

Major Scales 

Then after the pentatonic scales, next is major scales. Just like pentatonic scales, you should take it slowly or else you’ll forget some essential parts. 

Minor Scales 

The last of the scales, minor scales. This will be similar to the major scales, and your aim for learning this is to polish your skills. 

Tertian Extended Chords 

The third type of chords you’d need to learn are the extended chords. These will be different from the first two, barre and open position. But make sure to take it slow in this one, too. 

Playing in Position 

This is called position playing and it refers to the ability to perform melodies higher than open position. If you already mastered the lessons above, then this will be a piece of cake. 


The goal of this blog post is not to teach you how to play the guitar, but what you should be learning. This is because music should be studied cumulatively. The more lessons you take, the easier it is to learn.  

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