One of the most confusing parts of starting out with the guitar is trying to figure out what gear you should buy. The questions can seem endless: Should I get an acoustic or an electric guitar? What exactly should I be looking for? How can I get something adequate, without spending too much? Should I decide based on the price alone, or something else? What accessories will I need? Where should I buy this stuff? In this article, I’ll try my best to answer those questions for you and help you find the perfect guitar for this stage of your musical journey.
Here’s another common misconception I hear from people all the time: “I could never play guitar because by hands are too small” (or my fingers are too short…too FAT…TOO FEW!) This is based on the misunderstanding that somehow, you have to be born with something “special” in order to become a great guitar player. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how big or small your hands are. There are guitars you can buy that a small child can comfortably play. If a certain guitar neck feels too wide for your hands (or too narrow), there are plenty of others to choose from.
In a previous article, I talked about what makes a guitar teacher a good fit for you. This time I want to tell you what NOT to look for. Not all guitar teachers are created equal, and what you THINK is important in a teacher might not be what you really NEED to get the results you’re looking for from lessons. Read on to find out some of the WRONG reasons to choose a teacher.
A big roadblock most people face when they want guitar lessons is trying to find the RIGHT teacher to work with. There are lots of people out there who call themselves “guitar teachers”, but all teachers are NOT created equal. Just because someone is a great PLAYER, that doesn’t automatically make them a great TEACHER! This article will give you the right information you need to filter out all the teachers who will only make things worse for you, and help you find the teacher who’ll be the perfect fit for you.
There’s something romantic and inspiring about the notion of being a self-taught guitarist. It creates mental images of pulling yourself up by the bootstraps and proving you don’t need anybody’s help…images of following your inner muse and discovering all the mysteries of the guitar on your own. Some people think a guitarist who never took lessons is somehow smarter, or more talented, or more effective than a guitarist who studied with a teacher. They think this kind of player is a hero we should all look up to, and that we should all follow the same path…but they are absolutely WRONG!
In this article, I want to talk about another common misconception about learning how to play the guitar. This myth has to do with your expectations: many new guitar players think that learning how to play is easy…it isn’t!
There are several “misconceptions” floating around about playing the guitar…some people might even call them “lies”. The biggest lie is that you have to be “born” to play…in other words, you must have natural talent. Although it certainly helps, the truth is that it doesn’t require ANY natural talent AT ALL to be a good guitar player!