Are You Choosing To Play Your Guitar Well?
By Allen Hopgood
Do you struggle to play even simple songs on your guitar? Frustrated with learning out of a guitar method book and not seeing any immediate results that you want? You want to start accomplishing great things with your guitar but have no idea what to learn first?
If you answered yes, it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your potential to play guitar. Anyone, barring physical (even though this has be proven to be false in certain cases) or mental impairment, can learn how to play guitar really well. This means you too!
Countless aspiring guitarists, think they can learn guitar through method books and videos etc. While at times informative, this way of learning to play guitar, is very limiting. These learning resources are designed to sell ‘product’ to the masses. You as a guitar player, are an individual. You are unique. You have your own learning style. Your own style of music you want to play…
Even though there is a lot to learn to become better at playing your guitar, It is literally a fine line between choosing to play your guitar well or continuing to haphazardly pick up things here and there.
To play guitar well you need 3 things that those resources above are unable to give you:
- the right path
If you want to take your guitar playing to the next level, you owe it to yourself to invest in finding the best suitable guitar teacher you can. This is what being on the right path means. Studying with a guitar teacher that can help you with the style or genre you want to play.
What can guitar lessons offer you that you won’t find in any ‘how to play guitar in 30days” video? Your journey through guitar lessons, will cover several important areas to understand yourself. so you can become the best guitar player you can be.
Professional guitar lessons are a program for developing yourself in all areas of your life. Quite often guitar students will ask their teacher questions that are disguised in their own self doubt and false beliefs. These common questions include:
How can I even become a good, let alone a great guitar player when…
- I don’t have natural talent?
- I have large fingers?
- I have no rhythm?
- I am too old?
- I can’t read music?
Although these are legitimate concerns, they are the wrong questions to ask yourself. The concerns are based in very limiting beliefs. The right, empowering questions should be, “What do I need to learn to play guitar, the way I want to?” “How can I gain the skills to have a solid sense of rhythm?
The answers to these type of questions will lead you to believe that yes, you can become a great guitar player. The right guitar teacher for you can help you get these answers. This support and feedback will help you to get out of your own way and create the music you want to make.
An effective guitar teacher will also help you to understand how your hands, mind and ears work together as one. When all of these areas are congruent, your guitar playing becomes easier. Each critical area of your – mind; your ears; your hands; musical knowledge; playing and practising skills; communicating, performing and listening skills – all build on each other to foster a rock-solid foundation for your self-expression. Not only as a guitar player and musician, but all areas of your life. Skills, to last you a lifetime…and improve your lifetime!
Your guitar teacher will be there every step of the way for you. With the advice, shortcuts, insights, feedback and guidance you need. Helping to prevent you from making the mistakes they’ve made, in their learning.
This guidance, is something no book, DVD, internet video or application can offer. Though it is a two way street – you will still have to do the work.
Your guitar teacher is committed to doing their part for you. The question remains – will you do your part, for you? Will you choose to play guitar well? To get on the right path and stay there until you can play your guitar the way you want to?
Allen Hopgood is a professional guitar instructor and director of the only guitar school on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. If you’re ever in the area, you can contact him at Gold Coast School of Guitar if you are interested in guitar lessons.