Learn to Play Guitar in Philly
Your guitar questions answered
If you’re just starting out or at least thinking about taking guitar lessons, you probably have a lot of questions. Well, we have the answers! One of the first questions we always hear is, should I even take lessons? That is an absolute YES! If you find the right teacher, learning is easier and more structured than if you were to learn on your own. We promise it’s worth the time and money.
Here are some more questions you may be pondering:
What do I look for in a good guitar teacher?
Hold your prospective teacher to their qualifications. Those on the list should be:
- 2-3 years minimum teaching experience
- A degree in music
- Active performing experience
How do I find a good teacher?
Do a Google search. As any local experts from the music store or college music program. If you are an advanced player looking for an expert teacher, you already know that the criteria from above are crucial. A great player does not necessarily mean they can teach guitar. Eddie Van Halen, a guitar God, had a very hard time teaching his son, Wolfgang, how to play. Even the most amazing players have a hard time teaching their genius to someone else.
Should I start with electric or acoustic?
If you aren’t sure, buy an acoustic. This is a common choice because it’s less complicated to learn and doesn’t require additional equipment.
Do I need to learn music theory? Why?
You should at least learn the basics of music theory if you want to get out of the intermediate level, if you want to write music, or if you want to teach music. Not understanding the basics of music theory dooms you to repeat yourself.
How often should I practice?
Every single day, forever. Giving yourself at least 20 minutes a day to practice sets you on the path to becoming a great player.
How much should I spend on my first guitar?
As much as you can afford, at least $300 and perhaps up to $600. If you can afford a guitar in this price range, you will increase your chances of getting an instrument that is a pleasure to learn on.
I’m an adult and have no musical training. Can I still learn guitar?
Absolutely! Anyone can learn the guitar no matter your age. You might be surprised by what you can do if you really practice.
When is the right age to learn?
Right now! Anybody can learn and enjoy music at any age.
What are some pitfalls beginners should avoid?
Don’t listen to the advice of the unqualified. Be careful what you believe, especially on the internet. Don’t doubt yourself or feel self-conscious. Dedicate as much time as you can to playing, especially in the beginning.
Hopefully this answers a few burning questions you may have. Learning the guitar is fun whether you want to become serious or enjoy it as a hobby. Anyone has the capacity to learn the guitar, you just have to want to. If you think of the guitar as enjoyment, it won’t become a chore.