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I don't know anything about music.

  • Age: 31 years
  • Location: India
  • Music classes here are VERY expensive so I won't be having any access to any teacher.
  • I can spend 1 hour practicing every Saturday and Sunday.
  • I don't know anyone here who owns any music instrument or is serious about learning music.

I would like to be able to play guitar "on the fly" which means - you give a song and I'll play it then and there itself!

What are the prerequisites to achieve the said goal?

The only music I'd like to play is:

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closed as too broad by Alexander Troup, Jason W, Dom, Shevliaskovic, Pat Muchmore Feb 25 '14 at 17:54

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Just how long is a piece of string? This is too broad and subjective.Loads more parameters may help. – Tim Feb 24 '14 at 10:27
@Tim what parameters should I add? – TheIndependentAquarius Feb 24 '14 at 10:27
How old are you? Where do you live? Have you access to a teacher?Can you hum a song in tune?Will you be able to spend time practising - how long?Do you have opportunities to play with others? Some ideas. – Tim Feb 24 '14 at 12:06
If you understand English, you can find many tutorials on how to play the guitar on YouTube. I myself have never had guitar lessons. Everything I know is thanks to the internet. Good luck! – Caleb Feb 24 '14 at 15:51
With two hours of time a week you should understand your expectations. That is very little time to play guitar on the fly and play a song as you described. – r lo Feb 25 '14 at 14:38

This might not be the best answer but I thought I will write it here anyway just to encourage/support you. I'm about the same age and without any music education what so ever but always wanted to do it. I've started a week ago, got a guitar and started by watching some free tutorial online[1][2], then trying to play simple chords + some finger picking styles. Currently I'm practising switching between few chords which I know, and try to make sure that the sound of every string is fine. At the same time I'm trying to understand and learn more theory about music notation, notes, techniques etc. I see some first improvements already. At the beginning to play some chords seemed to be impossible but now I can already play a few and let say I will get them right 6 times out of 10 tries. My fingers soar but I keep practising 20-40 min a day. Do not wait - just get the guitar and start :-) Good luck.


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you can do it , but at first you need a little of knowing about theory.I mean you should know a thing at least about notes and time signatures to play an instrument. so I suggest that take a look at some free online resources about notes , rhythms , time signatures. and after that if you don't want theory, you should train your ears to detect what type of chords or which notes are playing. so you can do it by using some apps on your ios or android device like perfect ear 2 , ear worthy , etc. also you should train yourself by trying to play some easy songs with your hearing ability, try to hear and hear and hear the song and try to play with your guitar. also in guitar you can google for guitar chords and to play them you need to use a chord dictionary to know how to play a this online one : here you can find some chords and tablatures :

also to play a melody not chords you can learn to play using tabs (tablatures) that is so easy to learn... tabs just tell you which string and where... here you can find some Indian song chords :

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