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Guitar Lessons - Are They For You?

Jan 7, 2008
With your new guitar and how to play instructions at hand you are visualizing yourself entertaining crowds of screaming fans at huge venues, supported by lesser known artists. You are full of enthusiasm to live your dream, until you open the pages of your lesson book, sit down with your guitar in position and suddenly it all looks so difficult. Well, maybe not so famous so fast, maybe just playing to friends and family at first!

Discipline is the key to learning and you will need to work through the lesson book step by step, making sure you actually understand what you are doing before moving on. Practise makes perfect, even if it takes many attempts to get it right. It appears to be all so easy to miss out the bits that look too complicated and get straight to the tune playing, but it will be much more difficult learning to play this way in the long term.

Have you thought about taking lessons with a teacher? After all, your teacher motivates you and would make sure you have thoroughly learned each session before moving on to the next part. You will also have the opportunity between lessons to practice what you have learned and having to show your newfound knowledge to your teacher at the next lesson will give you the all the encouragement you need to make sure you are progressing as you should be. Let's face it; we all know it's easy to put off practise when you have no discipline and incentive.

Another advantage of having a real life teacher over studying a book or taking lessons on line is that the teacher will actually show you how to do the task at hand. You will be able to see exactly what the teacher does to produce the sound you are hearing. Instead of struggling on alone, your teacher will help you when you just can't get it right and you will have no long standing bad habits to get rid of this way too.

Of course, taking lessons is not free, but this is usually a positive point as we all seem to appreciate things much more when we have had to pay for them out of our hard earned cash. You are much less likely to spend time playing around, performing your own version of jamming, which will not really sound that good if you don't know what you are doing. So, maybe you should consider taking lessons to get you started on the right road to becoming the famous guitarist you aspire to be.
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of MusicianHome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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