Today's post is written by guest contributor, John Sizemore. John founded and runs GuitarZonline.com, a great resource for guitarists.
According to a survey done in 2009 over 60% of people in the world have either tried or have wanted to learn how to play guitar. This is an astonishing number considering all of the different instruments there are to play.
So, why do you suppose the guitar is so popular?
Well, what's obvious to me would be how portable it is. You can basically bring an acoustic guitar anywhere and you have a whole band so to speak. Here's a famous quote from David Gilmour of Pink Floyd
"When you strum a guitar you have everything - rhythm, bass, lead and melody."
I just love that quote because it's so true! It's an amazing instrument.
So if 60% of people in the world have tried to learn how to play guitar, where are they all?
Well, here's another statistic. 80% of the people who try to play guitar quit! Yup, let me say that again. 80% of the beginner guitar players out there quit. This means that only 20% actually learn how to play guitar. That's not much.
Why do you suppose that is?
Well, I believe it has to do with improper training. Let's face it, many try to learn guitar on their own through books and random videos that really don't give them a place to start. Also, many are not even taking the right guitar lessons for the genre they want to learn in the first place. This is important.
The Easiest Genres To Learn Guitar
The most popular genres to learn for the beginner guitarist are rock, country and pop. These genres usually have easy chord progressions and are in common keys. Any other genre would just be too difficult since the styles are so distinct and require a lot of training with different scales and picking patterns.
Now, here's the good news! Modern Christian music has 2 of the most popular genres mixed together. That's right! Modern Christian music is mostly made up of rock & pop music. This makes these songs extremely easy to learn on guitar.
Let's take a look at the top 3 Christian songs on the Billboard charts in 2012 and the guitar chord shapes for example.
- Where I Belong, Building 429- Capo on 4th Fret- Em, C, G, D & F
- Overcome, Jeremy Camp- Capo 2nd Fret- G, C, Em & D
- Learning To Be The Light, Newworldson- G, D, Em & C
You can see with the use of a capo the top 3 songs on the billboard charts have the same chord shapes. Now, if you couple this with a few different guitar strums you could easily play today's most popular Christian songs.
If you're feeling a call to worship in music, I cannot encourage you enough to learn how to play guitar. I believe just practicing a minimum of 15 min/day you could be playing your first Christian songs fluently within a few months.