Do you dream of being a famous guitarist – standing up on stage wailing away on the guitar while the audience calls your name? Maybe you have different dreams of playing songs by the greats, or writing your very own music. The thing is, you don’t know how to play guitar… YET! Where do you start?
With a million ways to study guitar yourself – books, online resources, YouTube videos – the easy option would be to just go teach yourself. Great idea, right? You could go at your own pace, work at it every day… You’d learn really quickly and be able to play your favourite songs in no time! Then every day turns into every other day, and that turns into a couple of times a week, until you realize you haven’t picked up your guitar in a month and you’re right back to where you started. So much for that plan.
Let’s talk about taking guitar lessons!
There are so many advantages to taking lessons with a trained guitar teacher. Let’s talk about a few of them, starting with the obvious:
- Scheduling lessons with a teacher is the best way to keep your practice consistent. Taking regular lessons with a teacher will provide you with a structured learning plan and goal-oriented practice. Because the goals are set by both you and your teacher, you suddenly have someone else counting on you to practice and meet those goals. This is a great motivation tool, because we will always work harder if we know that we are accountable to someone else as well as ourselves!
- Guitar lessons will help you to build a proper musical foundation. It seems simple, but even holding the guitar incorrectly can really affect how you play. Having an instructor help you to learn proper playing technique and avoid common mistakes will make your learning experience that much better (and help you learn those sweet guitar riffs even faster!)
- A great teacher will help you to build confidence in yourself and your playing! There are always challenges to learning something new, and overcoming these challenges is a lot harder when you’re the only one cheering yourself on. Having a teacher puts someone else in your corner to help you with the difficult parts of learning something new, and gives you someone to celebrate with when you finally can play that tricky chord or note progression.
Learning a musical instrument comes with so many added benefits, and guitar is no exception!
- Improved memory and coordination – Music learning stimulates the parts of the brain that control hearing, memory, and fine motor skills (like the syncronization of your hands and fingers!)
- Teaches discipline and perserverence – This can be especially important for younger learners. Developing a regular practice schedule encourages students to develop and maintain routines, while tackling difficult learning objectices teaches perserverence.
- Enhances creativity – Learning to play and familiarizing themselves with the instrument allows students to write their own music, opening up a completely new and creative way for them to express themselves.
- And much, much more.
Whether you dream of being a famous guitarist or want to be able to play and write songs for yourself, you need to find a method of learning that works best for you. Set yourself up for success by finding yourself lessons from a professional musician that challenges and inspires you… and don’t forget to practice, practice, practice!
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