Lazy Players Guide to Learning Guitar

Are you a lazy guitar player? Hey, you probably love playing guitar but just don't have the interest in spending hours upon hours learning scales and theory. 

If this sounds like you, I'm sure you're not alone. In fact, I know that you aren't alone. Thousands of guitar players get bored with theory and technical practice. They just want to play and have fun! 

If you are a LAZY guitarist, I've got some great tips in this post. Tips that with get you focused on the main elements of guitar playing and tips that will bypass all that stuff you might find as, "boring."


Believe it or not, lazy people do add an important value to society. In an article that was published in “Popular Science Monthly” (back in the year 1920), author and consultant “Frank B. Gilbreth Sr.” evaluated the most efficient techniques of people at work to determine the most effective ways when it came to performing tasks.

What he discovered was pretty amazing. He found that when it came to learning tasks, it was the lazy people in a workplace who developed the best ways of getting tasks done most efficiently.

This research conclusion was based upon the fact that he noticed the lazy people skipped every step of learning something that they considered as needless and unimportant. By taking the approach to learning something based upon skipping needless steps, it yielded a faster way of performing jobs. Interesting observation isn't it... now, what if we applied this to learning the guitar…

STEP 1: Holding the guitar… 
If you’re too lazy to study proper sitting methods, just remember that the guitar is not a stationary object like a piano. We "hold" guitars so its always important to remember that everything begins from the point of finding a comfortable sitting position.

You could also try standing (with a guitar strap slung around your shoulder for standing with your guitar), rather than sitting. Just make sure that you can see the fingerboard. Also, when you hold the guitar make sure it feels comfortable no matter how you have it in your hands.

STEP 2: Picking Something (Notes) 
Playing single notes from popular song melodies is probably one of the easiest and quickest ways for a lazy guitar player to start playing guitar. By playing simple melodies like the guitar line from, “Sunshine of Your Love,” by Cream, or the Rolling Stones’ riff from; "Satisfaction," or even the riff from the “Peter Gunn” theme, you’ll be able to start tracking notes properly.

The other benefit of picking note lines and phrases is that you’ll nail down your single-note line skills. Plus, if you learn popular rock and blues songs, you won’t have to start with those boring cheesy children’s melodies like; “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” or “Three Blind Mice.”

Although, those children's melodies are also actually pretty good examples of single-note melodies that you can quickly learn on guitar.

STEP 3: Rhythm /Strumming (Chords)
If you’re lazy and looking for the quickest path to learning to strum the guitar, just jump right into learning songs that focus on chords. Songs that strum chords will keep you motivated (so that you always feel like grabbing the guitar day after day).

Plus, strumming chord songs will introduce you to a bunch of new chord types. So, when it comes to easy songs, the easiest ones to learn will typically involve only 3 or 4 chords. And styles like; Rock, Folk and Blues songs are some of the easiest types to start with.

For example, “Knockin’ on Heavens Door," by Bob Dylan, is a really easy song to strum on guitar. Another easy one is, “Stuck in the Middle with You," by Steelers Wheel... But, there are many more strumming songs that you can try.

Also, keep in mind, that there are a lot of traditional pieces that can also be really good for strumming chords. You’ll want to keep in mind that the more famous that a song is to you, the better and easier it will be for you to learn, know and understand the songs musical sound and rhythmic flow when you go to play it.

STEP 4: Learn to play easy solos 
If you are lazy and just want to begin learning some simple guitar solos, (skipping years of study of the scales and arpeggios), then there’s a lot of really basic solos you can try.

A few that I like showing to my own private students are the leads from; “Wonderful Tonight,” by Eric Clapton. And, the solo from the Beatles, “Day Tripper,” along with the solo from the REM song, “The One I Love.”

These are all really straight-forward guitar leads that will get you soloing quickly - if you’re too lazy to study music theory and scales, and key signatures and all that stuff.

STEP 5: Learn the Pentatonic Scale 
Learning scales is often a huge chore to a lot of lazy guitar players out there, but even the laziest of guitarists will get a lot of mileage out of just learning how to play through the notes of a 6-string root Minor Pentatonic scale.

This scale is incredibly popular and gets performed in literally thousands upon thousands of guitar riffs and solos. It’s sits in an easy to remember box shape on the neck and once you have this pattern down, you’ll be able to play lead to a crazy amount of different songs and riffs in pretty much every kind of music style out there.

For the lazy guitar player, my unique "Frying Pan Method" of learning to use the Pentatonic scale is the fastest and easiest way to go for learning this scale!

STEP 6: Start Noodling (Playing for Fun) 
One of the best ways to get good at guitar fast if you’re really lazy, is after you’ve learned a few chords from songs, (along with a few notes from popular melodies), you can just go and begin getting creative with those single note patterns, and the same goes for strumming chords as well.

In other words, make stuff up on your own using any of the notes as well as, the chords that you’ve become familiar with. Depending upon how naturally creative that you are as a person - in general, you can take some of those notes and chords and begin experimenting right away with making stuff up.

If you are really, really lazy, why go to all that trouble of learning how to play other people’s songs. You can just go and make up your own songs instead! That might even be more fun. Hey, think about it, tons of lazy players do that kind of thing all the time.

I'd like to end the discussion by saying, thanks for joining me... If you want to learn more about what I do as an online guitar teacher, then head over to my website at and sign up your FREE lifetime membership.

Even if you are a lazy person, there will probably come a point in time when you’ll want something more out of your guitar playing, and you’ll certainly be able to do that on my website.

There’s a FREE membership you can get started with on the site, and later on you can always upgrade to either a Basic, or a Premium lesson package and start studying all of the professional guitar courses that I've organized for the members of my website.

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