One of the more common questions in the guitar community as regards their knowledge about the guitar is this: “I’m interested in learning to play the guitar but I fear I’m not an expert. Or, I already know all of the technical details but want to try something new. Do all guitarists are this way?” To this, I refer the reader to the following two posts, “How to become a guitar pro or beginner” (my first post on this web site), and “Why learn guitar?” (my second post on this web site) Both posts will answer the question about the question and help you decide if you’re better off looking for a guitar teacher or yourself.
So first of all, are guitarists smart?
“Are guitarists smart?” you may ask. Why else would I be writing a blog where I write about “The Science of Getting Better at Guitar” and “How to Become a Guitar Pro or Beginner”?! Well, you are. I know you’re interested in learning guitar. You love playing guitars. You want to play in bands and make a difference in the world. The reality however is that most guitarists don’t play in a band. They’re too busy. They’re too young. They’re too busy caring more about what they eat and wear than about how good they sound. It’s hard to learn guitar if you don’t know how to play. And that’s a scary thing. But it’s also one of the biggest misconceptions about guitar. A guitarist won’t know how to play if they don’t think they can. A guitarist who is too busy or too young to learn guitar will be out-played in most situations by the best young and educated players. Why do we think this about guitar? Because we have all heard about how the most successful musicians on earth are the most knowledgeable. They’re the most knowledgeable because they’ve learned to play guitar. How hard then would it be for them to learn how to play guitar?
You can’t learn guitar without learning how to play and practicing. That’s simple.
You can’t learn guitar without thinking about it and practicing every day. You can’t learn guitar without getting outside of your comfort zone. To learn, you need to get outside of your comfort zone. The same goes for anything else we do.
To get outside of your comfort zone, you need to take a deep breath and step back and look at what you’re doing.
There’s nothing wrong
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