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Photo: Svetlana Romantsova (Shutterstock) If you’re one of the millions of people who somehow acquired a guitar during their life—a guitar they have dutifully moved from place to place with the sincere intention of someday learning how to play it—you probably know it’s not as easy as rock stars make it seem. If you’ve actually made any attempt to learn the instrument you know that you have to commit to not just daily practice and exercises, you also need to learn at least the basics of what’s known as “music theory,” which is basically the science behind music. It’s also basically math, which is one reason many aspiring guitarists give up in despair and resign themselves to playing the opening riff of “Smoke on the Water” over and over again for the rest of their lives. If you want to finally put that guitar to use and you’re willing to keep your musical ambitions modest, however, you don’t actually need to do any of that. You can play guitar without actually learning how to play guitar—in fact, you can start playing songs today, within the next few moments, as long as we define “playing songs” as strumming chords in a recognizable pattern. In other words, you won’t be playing “Eruption” or “Layla” using this method, but if you have fantasies of leading your friends in a rousing campfire sing-along using your trusty ax, this will get you there. First, let’s get you tuned up Okay, before you can start […]