Casual Guitar Playing Or A Serious Guitarist?

INTRODUCTION

There are many tools, paths today to learn how to play the guitar.

GUITAR as accompaniment instrument for singing/campfire fun
- casual learning here is probably good enough, learn some chords, strumming, plectrum or fingerstyle picking patterns give good fun. Learning to read tablature is added advantage. There are quite a number of good guitar teaching channels on Youtube.

ON OTHER END, you want to be a professional GUITARIST performing solo/groups in many different styles. This is a serious path and take years to hone. You can enrol in a music school, sign up for a syllabus, learn read music, sit for exams. OR, self taught through the "school of hard knocks"! Though not necessary to learn to read music, but it'll probably help you if you want to be a guitar sessionist or play with other professional musicians.

Finally, as an example, old guitar teaching books probably have a few lines on how to hold your plectrum. Today we have videos showing precise fast picking techniques, sarod, scapel picking, slow motioned, explained... This Guide will try indicate materials as "serious" for those aspiring as GUITARIST.

So as you go through this guide, gradually yet consciously decide if you're staying on a casual or slipping into a more serious (longer) path:-)).