Do You Need Guitar Lessons?
Why you need guitar lessons
If you ask enough people about the best way to learn guitar, most of them would suggest taking lessons. That’s because most people have some experience with music lessons, at least enough to know that it can be more beneficial than just trying on your own. Occasionally you’ll meet someone who will tell you not to waste your money on lessons. At the David Joel Guitar Studio in NE Philadelphia, we think guitar lessons are an important part of your growth as a musician.
If you’ve met someone who advises you against taking lessons, it may be because they have had a bad experience in the past. Unfortunately, there are too many unprofessional music teachers out there, and they’re giving everyone else a bad name. Some musicians are great but that doesn’t mean they are great at teaching. This means that a few private guitar teachers are not committed to teaching and are only doing it to make money.
A good teacher can save you lots of time by helping you to avoid bad habits, identify your critical practice path, and choose music that suits your level. This allows your guitar learning process to flow smoothly and evenly.
So why can’t you learn everything online?
As more lessons are published online, that will only increase the need for good teachers to guide students through the material. A teacher is more than a repository of lessons. A good teacher is a guide and a coach that helps you plan your goals.
A good teacher can help you in many ways, including the following:
- Watch your technique for signs of problems
- Help you to avoid learning bad habits
- Help you pick songs to play that fit your level
- Give you exercises for the specific challenges you are facing
- Help you make appropriate adaptations, such as key changes, to music you want to learn
- Give you an opportunity to play with an experienced musician every week
- Hold you to a high standard and put positive pressure on you
There are many reasons learners avoid lessons. Here are a few:
If you can’t afford lessons right now, that’s okay. Financial stress is a normal part of life. If this is the case, it may be best to put off lessons and come back when it fits your budget. Another option is to take less frequent lessons, such as once every two weeks. Just make sure to practice in between lessons.
Teacher is too far away
For students who live too far from a qualified teacher, that’s no longer a problem these days. If you have high-speed internet, some of the best guitar teachers out there are doing their lessons through Zoom.
You are too busy
If you are too busy to learn guitar, then you don’t really want to learn. You can use this as a reason, but it is just an excuse to stall. With all the resources available to you right now, make the time to learn.
Even experienced, professional musicians will take lessons from other professionals who have skills they want to acquire. The private guitar lesson institution has been around for a long time, and it endures for good reason. Find a qualified teacher and reap the many benefits of good instruction.
Reach out to the David Joel Guitar Studio and start taking lessons now!
Phone: (215) 831-8640