Learning to play guitar is an investment in yourself.
Do you regret not learning to play a musical instrument when you were younger?
If so, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in the majority. Surveys show that a whopping 85% of adult Americans regret not having learned to play an instrument. And further, that 67% would still like to learn! Are you in that category as well? You’ve come to the right place!
The value of having music in your life is immeasurable. Whether you wish to play around the campfire, or write or record songs, or perform in front of thousands, the guitar can be creative outlet that promotes a sense of accomplishment and joy. It can become an extension of yourself that creates or expresses true, raw emotion.
And I’m here to tell you that it’s not out of your reach. You can achieve this.
Do you fear that you lack the gift of “natural talent?”
(Hint: No! That’s a myth!) Anybody with basic motor skills and the desire to learn can play the guitar at a professional level. Anybody. (That includes you!) With some investment in time and effort, and the appropriate level of guidance and training, you can attain the skills to make playing the guitar look easy—as if you were born “gifted.”
Has the guitar been a source of frustration?
It was for me. I considered it to be a badge of honor to be self-taught. In reality, I was being foolish. Over a period of 30 years, I did little more than build bad habits. I’d listen to another guitarist who had “the gift of natural talent” and got discouraged, instead of inspired. My mindset was completely wrong. It just reinforced the idea that natural talent existed, and that I didn’t have it. And I thought I never would. I’d play the same old things I’d struggled with for the last 30 years. And eventually, I’d put the guitar down in frustration and give up. Does this sound familiar?
Do you stress out when you come to the “hard part” of the song?
Don’t let fear and anxiety overtake the joy of playing. Stress and fear constrain your ability to play. The more tension you add, the more difficult it is to play; the less likely you are to overcome the challenge. That self-validates the feelings of fear and anxiety! The reality is that if you can play the difficult passage correctly just once—you’ve proven that you have the physical capacity to do it. The rest is just mental. It’s building the confidence and mechanical familiarity in the brain. If you can do it once, you can do it again. In fact, you can do it every time. Perfectly. Fix your mindset. Every time you float though the “hard parts” like you own them, you build the confidence that allows you to relax, and enjoy playing. You’ve made it look and feel easy. As if you were born “talented.”
Did you invest in your guitar… but not in yourself?
Was it your frustration with your lack of natural-born talent that relegated your guitar to a piece of decorative furniture? Learning to play guitar is an enrichment program. It provides a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Learning to play guitar really is an investment. An investment in you.
Very happy to have the following articles contributed to ROI Guitar Studio. Please check out these articles, and let us know what you think! And by all means, follow the links to their websites!
by Eric Bourassa of FortworthGuitarAcademy.com
by Derk Stiepelmann of gitarrenunterricht-dortmund.com
by Annie Bzdawka of Milwaukee Music Academy
by Jennifer Barlow of East Villiage Guitar Lessons
by Robert Callus of Learn Guitar Malta
by Piotr Sierzputowski of Lealekcje Gitary Ostroleka