Why do people avoid learning guitar?
by Samuel Russell
One of the uniquely amazing things about humans is our capacity for making excuses. We all do it – I do it, you do it, everyone we meet does it. So lets look at the top reasons you are avoiding learning to play guitar:
You think that you can’t do it
Well… you’re right. At this point in time you can’t. But you are a human being. You have a unique capacity for learning. Look at all the things that you currently know how to do. You had to learn how to do all of them? You can learn this too.
You are afraid of failing
The only failure is not trying in the first place! Cliché. If you are really afraid of not being a good guitar player, then get yourself the best possible teacher you can, who will help you understand, help you learn and help you make constant progress with your guitar playing.
You don’t have time
We all make this excuse. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Re-arrange how you use your time. Make the time. Maybe you can get up 30 minutes earlier than normal? Maybe there are some tasks you do that you just don’t need to do. Maybe you goto bed 20 minutes later and put that time into practicing? There are loads of things you can do.
Other people tell you that you’ll never be able to play guitar
Don’t pay attention to them. In fact… if you have people in your life dissuading you from doing something as innocuous as playing guitar, you need to question whether they have any place in your life at all.
You don’t have a guitar
Having a guitar is a pretty important part of learning to play guitar! This is really easy to fix.
Decide what style of music you want to play. Choose either electric, classical or acoustic guitar as appropriate
Go to Amazon, or Thoman, or GAK, or your local guitar shop, whatever; and pick a guitar that captures your imagination
How much should you spend on a new guitar? As much as you can afford to. Don’t worry about “not being good enough” for a nice guitar. An expensive guitar will be nicer to play, more fun and you’ll love the instrument, which will help motivate you to practice more.
You think you are too old to learn
This is rubbish. I’ve taught plenty of retired people. They LOVE learning to play guitar. Your age has nothing to do with your ability to learn. The only thing that matters, is whether you want to learn or not. If you want to learn… then do it.
You don’t know how to choose a great teacher
There are a few things you can look for. If you google “how to choose a guitar teacher” you will find a few great pointers to help you. Find some local teachers, phone them up, ask for a free introductory lesson, and then using the articles you found from your Google search, ask the right questions and find out if they are the right teacher for you. Don’t be afraid of asking around.
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