Guitar Lessons Make You Better
Lessons are the way to a powerful guitar player
If you’re new to playing the guitar or been self-taught for a while you’ve probably considered getting a teacher or taking lessons. It can be overwhelming trying to teach yourself guitar. But are guitar lessons worth it? Well, it depends on what you want to achieve and whether you can afford them. Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives. Taking lessons will help you get to grips with the basics, learn faster and avoid or correct any technique issues you may have developed.
But guitar lessons aren’t necessarily for everyone. And many people have become amazing guitarists by teaching themselves. So, we will look at the pros and cons of guitar lessons, which types are suited to different people, how long you should take them for and more.
The internet has made learning so easy, but can it replace in-person learning? For some people the answer is yes. But for others one-to-one tuition is always going to be preferable.
Pros of Guitar Lessons
The benefits of taking guitar lessons are:
- Structure – guitar lessons give you a proper structure for learning from beginner through to a high level.
- Discipline and Motivation – having a teacher will stop you from being lazy or slacking off.
- Avoid Mistakes – a teacher will pick up and correct any mistakes you are making.
- Someone to Ask Questions – lessons give you the chance to ask your teacher any questions you have or explain things you don’t fully understand.
Cons of Guitar Lessons
It’s not all positives though. There are drawbacks to guitar lessons as you’ll see:
- Price – taking lessons can be expensive and more than some can afford.
- Availability – not everywhere has an abundance of teachers. You might struggle to find one.
- Bad Teachers – some of those offering guitar tuition are poor teachers.
So, if you are going to take lessons, then which is better? In person or online (either via an online course or with a teacher over things like Skype or Zoom)? With online lessons, you’re still able to ask questions and get feedback from an actual person teaching you but you aren’t restricted by your location. It’s also more affordable and offers more flexibility.
While remote lessons aren’t without issues (internet connections can be temperamental, mistakes can be missed by a teacher if they’re not in the room with you) there’s no doubt that remote guitar tuition is a step up from self-taught courses. Whether you prefer them to an actual in person lesson comes down to preference and circumstances.
At the David Joel Guitar Studio, we highly encourage lessons and we only offer one on one lessons so that you are the only one being focused on. We believe it is a better way of teaching someone to learn the guitar. We also offer the best of both world by teaching in person or online. If you prefer that online vibe, it is much better than trying to teach yourself. You will get feedback and the right criticism that you need to keep going.