Learning guitar is something that most of us want to do at some point.
Whether you want to be able to play the chords to your favorite song in your own room or perform with a band on stage, you’ve probably thought about learning to play guitar.
While it seems simple enough on the surface, guitar can be a complicated instrument to learn on your own.
An overflow of free lessons and conflicting information on the internet can make it even trickier.
If you want to learn to play guitar, your best bet is to take some guitar lessons with a good teacher.
Lessons with a great guitar teacher will give you a range of benefits while helping you become a much better guitar player than you could if you tried to learn on your own.
Taking guitar lessons will help you avoid the common frustrations that make most people stall in their playing or even quit in the beginner stages.
No matter what you want to do with the guitar, taking some guitar lessons should be a part of your plan.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at 5 reasons you should be taking guitar lessons.
5 Reasons To Take Guitar Lessons
Guitar Lessons Give You Structure
One great thing about taking guitar lessons is the structure that they give you.
A good guitar teacher will know what to have you do in each lesson to help you keep making progress and improvements in your guitar playing.
Just knowing what you should be playing each week is a great reason to take guitar lessons.
But on top of that, many teachers will have a more long term plan depending on what you want to do with your guitar playing.
Structure also means you will be learning guitar in a way that is logical for you.
You're a unique student, so the exact things you learn will depend on your teacher, your skills, and what you want to learn.
That being said, taking guitar lessons will help make sure that you learn new skills in a logical order for you and keep your guitar playing moving in the right direction.
Guitar Lessons Help you Build Good Habits
Many beginning guitar players worry about building bad habits into their guitar playing.
Guitar lessons will actually solve that problem for you - if you’re taking lessons with a good guitar teacher, you won’t have to worry about bad habits!
Your guitar teacher will help you build the right habits from the start.
In your guitar lessons, your teacher will help you make sure you’re doing things the right way.
You’ll be developing good habits on everything from how to play your chords, to how to get the most out of your guitar playing time at home.
It’s the little changes and reminders that will make the biggest difference in your guitar playing over time, and the only way to get those is by taking guitar lessons.
Having an expert watch your playing and giving you advice is one of the great things about guitar lessons.
Guitar Lessons Help You Learn Faster
A good guitar teacher can help you learn guitar in less time than it would take you on your own.
This isn’t to say you’ll be able to play guitar well in a few weeks - anything like this takes time.
What I’m saying is that taking guitar lessons can help you avoid the feeling of spinning your wheels and getting nowhere.
Because a good teacher can see things in your playing that you can’t, they will be able to help you fix the challenges that pop up in your playing much more quickly than you could on your own.
Guitar lessons will also help you by giving you a little push into skills and topics you might not have known about, or may have avoided on your own.
Your teacher will know what you need to learn so you can continue to grow as a guitar player.
There is no secret, no magic way for you to learn guitar super-fast. As with any new skill, playing guitar takes some time for you to get good. It’s a process.
That being said, taking guitar lessons with a good teacher will help you learn guitar more quickly because you will have someone there to point you in the right direction, coach you, and show you new things to help you improve.
Guitar Lessons Help You Develop New Skills
If you’re brand new to playing guitar, everything you do in your guitar lessons will be new for you.
But if you’re coming into guitar lessons after learning a little bit on your own, you’ll still learn a lot of new things.
Any good guitar teacher has a huge amount of knowledge they can help you learn - different techniques and skills you may not even thought of at this point in your learning.
While you are probably looking for guitar lessons for your own specific reasons, your guitar teacher will help you develop skills you don’t even know you wanted!
You’ll be able to do things with your guitar that you’ve only heard on your favorite recordings, and never imagined that you’d be able to do one day.
Guitar lessons can help you do more with your guitar, and build a good base of guitar playing skills.
You might go in to your guitar lessons with an idea of what you want, and a good guitar teacher will be able to help you reach your goals.
But a great guitar teacher will be able to help you reach your goals and discover more about playing guitar and music.
You’ll learn more, and develop more skills with guitar lessons than you ever could trying to learn guitar on your own.
Guitar Lessons Are Fun
While it’s great to learn nw things, save time, build good habits, and learn guitar effectively, the biggest reason you should start taking guitar lessons is that they are fun!
When you find a guitar teacher that is a good fit for you, your guitar lessons will be a lot of fun.
While you’re learning all of the great things your guitar teacher has to show you, you’ll also be getting to know your teacher better.
This is one of the big benefits to taking private, one-on-one guitar lessons. All of the best guitar teachers I had over the years became good friends of mine, and my classical guitar teacher from college actually played at my wedding.
In your guitar lessons, you won’t just be learning to play guitar better - at some level, you’ll be making a friend.
A good guitar teacher can help you get better through your guitar lessons while also having a good time, decompressing from your busy day, and playing music that you really like.
Remember - at the end of the day, playing guitar is supposed to be fun! With the right teacher your guitar lessons will help you learn and play better, and have fun while you’re at it.
Things To Think About
We’ve looked at five different reasons you should think about taking guitar lessons.
Whether you want to learn faster, develop new skills, learn in a more structured way, or just have something fun to do each week, taking guitar lessons will be a great option for you.
If you’re ready to jump in and start learning guitar today, finding a great guitar teacher is the best way to get started.
I teach guitar lessons in Eugene Oregon, and am available for lessons if you live in the area.
I also teach online guitar lessons with Skype if you live outside of the Eugene area, or if you don’t want to drive to guitar lessons.
What is your #1 reason to take guitar lessons? Whatever you are looking for, I can help you learn guitar.
Contact me to find out how I can help you with guitar lessons.