Does something inside of you jump when the strings of a guitar are struck? Have you maxed out the speakers in your car during a mind-blowing guitar solo and then got upset because they wouldn’t go any louder? Has someone caught you playing the air guitar and making guitar sounds and effects with your mouth? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then you’re ready to learn guitar.
If anyone ever tells you that learning how to play the guitar is easy, they are lying right through their teeth! Now there are some guitar players who are born “naturals,” but even the best-of-the-best will tell you that learning to play wasn’t easy and that it was rather tough at times. There are countless people in the world that can play guitar chords, but becoming a great guitar player goes far beyond that.
The guitar is a soul-stirring instrument, and most anyone who listens to music has at one time wished that they could play. But one thing that has stopped so many people from attempting to learn the guitar is the thought that “it’s too hard to learn,” and that is one thing that is NOT true! It may not be easy, but it isn’t impossible either.
There is one thing that will keep you from learning how to play and it is LAZINESS! So many people want to become a virtuoso overnight, but are not willing to put a single ounce of effort into it – they are “dreamers” and will never learn how to play. There’s no magic way to master the guitar and it certainly cannot be done in only a few minutes a day. It takes an extreme amount of time, effort, patience, persistence, and dedication. Without these things there’s no point in wasting money on a guitar that will be played once, maybe twice, and then left in the corner to never be played again.
After all of that, do you still want to be a part of the world wide group of guitar players? I bet if you made it through this entire page the answer is still “yes.” When you pick up and start playing your first guitar, don’t get discouraged when you make mistake after mistake, error after error – it’s supposed to be that way. And if you’ve been practicing for quite some time (and I mean really practicing) and you feel like you’re not making any progress, DO NOT STOP! The day will come when you make it all the way through a song, or play that one lick or solo that has given you calluses over time, and you will smile! Now it’s time to learn guitar.
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