Philly Guitar Lessons
Guitars are back, baby!
Did they ever really go away? In our opinion, no. But for a little while things didn’t look so great for the guitar. Thanks to the doings of Generation Z, electric guitar sales started to denigrate over time. And acoustic guitar sales weren’t much better. However, hold the obituaries.
Half a year into the pandemic people are turning to the guitar as a quarantine companion and psychological comfort, spurring a surge in sales for some of the most known companies that have shocked even industry veterans. Fender has recorded its biggest year of sales in its history through e-commerce sales and beginner gear sales. Young adults and teenagers, many of them female, are helping to power this guitar revival and putting their own generational stamp on the instrument that rocked their parents’ generation while also discovering the powers of guitar therapy.
Shortly after stay-at-home orders were announced, people started looking at videos and online tutorials for lessons. All the while, guitar teachers were shut down because in-person contact was not feasible. And then quickly and just like that, online classes were being taught. Guitar instructors had to get resourceful and so guitar lessons were able to continue or start.
All of a sudden, prospective players who had never quite found the time to take up an instrument suddenly had no excuse not to. In a world where time is always your enemy, it suddenly became your friend. Students have mentioned that it became therapy for them. The guitar forces you to focus on the task at hand so your mind can’t wander to something else. It’s just like meditation.
Guitars are hardly the only consumer item to experience a quarantine bounce. Sales have spiked for many items like bicycles, baking yeast, board games, and yes, alcohol. But the guitar is an expensive purchase. It is nonessential and not something one might buy when the economy is plunging, and employment is skyrocketing. No one could have predicted this unbelievable demand for acoustic guitars. Guitars hit the stores, they are unboxed and are immediately sold out.
But will it all last? It may be easy to guess that a lot of those new guitars may end up in the closet as soon as people once again whisk off their masks and pack into crowded restaurants, bars, ballparks, and movie theaters. But also remember, people have rediscovered what is important in this life. Going back to “normal life” may be over as people realize how peaceful home is and how small hobbies, like playing the guitar, can help keep you grounded.
If you are new or old to the guitar, it’s always beneficial to take guitar lessons. At the David Joel Guitar Studio, you can take one on one online guitar lessons with a master. You will have David’s undivided attention and learn or refresh at a pace that suits you.