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When learning something new it`s always good to learn from somebody that is better than you regardless of what the topic is. If a guitar lesson is worth it is based upon many different factors. Can you afford guitar lessons? Is the teacher any good? Are you going to practice and do what is being taught or will you rebel and do your own thing anyway?
If you are dedicated to learning guitar I think you can learn much faster with guidance. The question is what kind of guidance you are looking for? I have been playing for 17 years and are self-taught. However, I did learn from my brother which was much better at playing than me. I also had a friend who is extremely good at playing and that taught me a lot. It is much easier for others to see what you probably should work on be it technical playing, music theory, scales etc. based on what you want to learn.
If you learn from somebody that has been playing for years, they have already gone through the trial and errors and know what you should focus on and how to get where you want to go much faster.
From my experience, it is very good to have someone holding you accountable. If you agree upon learning something until next week, chances are the odds are better of you actually trying to learn it if you know you`re going to meet someone and show what you have learned.
I firmly believe that many beginners quit on their guitar teacher because of the guilt and shame they feel if they do not do the “homework” they agreed upon. If you really do work hard but still feel like you aren`t learning much, then it is probably a good idea to change guitar teacher or get an online guitar course.
But don`t quit just because your teacher is pushing you to learn new stuff that`s uncomfortable. Trust me you need it! It can truly suck learning in the beginning because when you play together with someone that is much much better than you, it really shines through how bad of a player you are at this point. At least that`s how it was for me.
Remember that it`s like this for everybody. Everyone has to start somewhere and you can get results much quicker if you swallow your ego and get help. Also, try not to compare yourself to everybody else because music is individual and not a sport! You are unique in the sense that if you learn to play guitar you can make music that no one else is playing.
If you prefer to learn at your own pace and from the comfort of your home, then I would highly recommend getting an online course from a guitar player you like. I have bought a lot of courses and they`re fantastic as long as you stick with them. You can even go to Youtube and get a lot of awesome guitar lessons and tutorials for free.
The only disadvantage of going to youtube and learn when you are a beginner is that you probably don`t know which lessons are good and which aren`t. Anyways the possibilities are endless so my best advice is to just get started and figure out your path as you go. You can always change something if you don`t like it, be it your guitar, teacher, gear, scales, tones, playing, etc.
Are guitar lessons expensive?
It depends on the teacher you get and their education, skill and the price they set on their time. On average guitar lessons cost $30-$50 per hour, and the average lesson is 30 or 60 minutes long. Guitar teachers often give discounts for the first lesson or for buying a package of multiple lessons.
You can learn electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and classical guitar, as well as music theory and how to read music. Instructors often teach different genres, including classical, blues, jazz, rock, folk, metal and country.
You can Google your area for guitar teachers and read reviews to help guide you if you don`t know any good teachers. Chances are a teacher with high ratings are worth the money and time.
Guitar pros with years of experience, educated at prestigious music schools or who are famous will typically command higher rates than other teachers.
If a teacher travels to the student’s home, the cost of the lessons will include travel time and other transportation expenses. There are often less expensive lessons in smaller towns since the demand is lower and fewer people playing.
How long should I take guitar lessons for?
Many people take guitar lessons until they don`t learn anything new from their teacher. If you can outplay your teacher and you start to teach him, then it might be time to put your pipe in the bag and move on.
You can take lessons for as long as you need or want it. You can change the teacher if you don`t have chemistry, take a break from guitar lessons and pick it up again in the future if you want it. It is always good to have someone to learn or be inspired by. You don`t necessarily have to pay for the lessons. You can play with friends, jam with a band or find lessons online to name a few other choices.
Remember that there`s always new stuff to learn and learning guitar can be a life long journey if you are open to learning. You should ask yourself some key questions, who do you listen to and learn from? On a scale from 1 to 10, how teachable are you? Do you really know what you say you know? Can you actually play it or do you just think you can play it?
If you think you know everything there is to learn about the guitar and that nobody can teach you anything, then this is your reality.
If you instead say, “I know a lot but I might not know everything and I`m sure there`s somebody out there that’s better than me. I want to learn and become a great guitar player. I don`t t know how and when that will happen, but I know it will!”. You will probably have much more success and fulfillment. When it comes to guitar playing it is all up to you and the lessons, gear, etc. are just a tool to help you on your way.
Can you teach yourself guitar?
Yes, you can learn to play guitar on your own. Just pick up the guitar and strum the strings and get a plectrum and try to pick the strings and make clean sounds. You can also use your fingers to pick the strings if you don`t have a plectrum. You can even use a coin to pick them.
The main thing when starting out is to actually play something even though you don`t know any notes, chords or anything about the guitar. You need to break up those stiff fingers and then learn to play some one-string melodies by using tabs or watching “how to play” videos on Youtube.
If you are going at it alone you should learn from friends and family and consider buying an online course from the guitarists you know and like. Youtube is a great resource when starting out and to find beginner lessons. Use your ears and try to make it sound good, this does take time.
If you got the determination to learn then it is very satisfying when you have been struggling for weeks or even months to learn something and then suddenly you nail it!
Keep going and remember that it is never too late to ask for help or take lessons later on if you want it. If you play for an hour a day and have fun while playing you will over time get good and learn new things.
How many hours a day should you practice guitar?
You should try to practice guitar for 1 hour a day. If you play more than 1 hour this is no problem but try to play a minimum of 30 minutes a day. It is very hard to stay disciplined over time and play 1 hour a day for a long time. I dare you to try it.
Life can get in the way of practicing and your motivation will vary over time. Somedays you want to quit and other days you can`t wait to get home to pick up your guitar. Some days you might struggle to play 1 hour and others you can play for many hours straight.
Don`t overdo it because this can lead to injury (if you want to learn how to play fast) and you can get sick of playing. If there`s a part you are trying to learn but your skill level is not developed yet because you haven`t been playing for that long, you are getting frustrated and angry, then it might be a good idea to put your guitar down and rest or play something completely different.
Also if you are starting to neglect your life, friends, and family, it might be wise to limit your daily playing. Best is to stay consistent over time, about 1 hour a day, and don`t push your limits to fast. You want to keep playing guitar for life because you love it and there`s no shame in wanting to be good, just don`t overdo it although I can almost guarantee that you will over periods of time!