Taking Guitar Lessons
Guitar lessons vs. teaching yourself
So, you’ve decided you’re going to learn to play the guitar. You’ve gone out and bought a beautiful new guitar, music stand, and other pieces you think you may need. You get back home, take the guitar out of the box and then it dawns on you. How do you play this thing?
Now you must decide if you take guitar lessons or try to teach yourself. This article is going to discuss the pros and cons of both. Taking guitar lessons is the most formal route and will ultimately give you an edge from trying to learn on your own. However, everyone is different, and you deserve to know your options before deciding.
This is easily the most accessible method, as you don’t need to find a teacher before you can start. Anybody can set out to teach themselves, but it takes a certain type of person to succeed. Here are some pros and cons to teaching yourself.
- Free (or costs very little)
- Study whenever you want
- Study the same lesson as often as you like
- Lots of choice – input from different teachers
- No feedback on your playing
- No help when you get stuck
- Your only source of motivation comes from within
- Higher risk of learning incorrect information (lots of bad information floating around online)
Taking guitar lessons are the traditional method of learning to play the guitar. Some benefits of taking lessons include:
Guitar lessons are a great tool for keeping you motivated, something teaching yourself just can’t do. Taking lessons keeps you motivated because your teacher will be constantly encouraging you and driving you to improve.
This is the crucial difference between guitar lessons and teaching yourself. It is the one single difference that takes out most of the guess work when things aren’t working. A video lesson can only show you how to do something, a guitar teacher can show you what to do when things don’t work. Your teacher will be able to notice the subtle difference between what you are doing, and you need to do to make it work.
Structured lesson plan
If you take lessons, your teacher will know exactly what you need to work on next. They will have a wealth of suitable repertoire and be able to pick the most appropriate songs or pieces of music for your ability level. This will keep you engage and motivated, while still making improvements to your playing.
- Motivation, Motivation and Motivation
- Analysis of your playing and constructive feedback to help you improve
- Personalized practice plans to work on your specific issues
- Finding a good guitar teacher isn’t always easy
So, what is the best method of learning to play guitar? Finding a good teacher in your local area is one of the best approaches you can take to learning to play. You are going to learn what you need to learn from the teacher’s guidance, and you will receive constructive criticism which is the key to learning and getting better along the way.