Recently I bought a new guitar for myself. After having a basic course, I can play some simple songs like Auld Lang Syne, and I've started wondering this question:

If I had such ability, I may learn a new song much quicker than now, but I have no idea how I can achieve it. What steps, courses, practices should I pursue? I wish there for some guidance

  • Can you already sing back a melody right after listening to it? Jan 22, 2021 at 10:05
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    Practice, practice, practice.
    – user50691
    Jan 22, 2021 at 12:17

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Knowing two factors will get you close.

The first is knowing where certain notes are on he instrument - whichever one - in this case, guitar. That entails being able, initially, to play scales, in all keys. For now, major and minor will get you a fair way, and the patterns just move up or down, so, for example, if you can play two octaves of A major, then moving everything up a fret will let you play in B♭ major.

The second is being able to recogise intervals - the spaces in between two notes - how far away from each other they are, musically.

You can develop both these skills simultaneously, by yourself if needs be, playing and singing. You'll reach a point where you will hear two notes, and when you've found one, and the key, be able to play the other.It's not going to happen oernight, or after a year or two, but by working on these two skills, a couple of notes ata time, you'll get there. Good luck.

If you learn to play from the music, and rely on that or tab, there's a good chance you'll never be able to do the above. Dvers - please explain to us why you think this isn't true.

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