Every person learns at their own speed and in a style that is comfortable for them. This is true whether a person is learning to drive, learning math, or learning how to play the guitar. Within this article I’ll look at the various ways to learn the guitar, and in the procedure, probably help you make the decision what way is better for you.
Once a person asks me what musical isntrument I would suggest for them or their kids, I usually say the piano, mainly because a person would receive the most all around musical training on this grand instrument. However, the guitar is a very close second. The guitar is great for it’s portability, the popularity of the instrument, and just because they are cool!
There are more than a few ways to learn the guitar. If you are lucky enough to have a friend or sibling that plays (and is patient) you may be able to talk them into showing you a couple things to get you started. From there, you can either take private lessons from a guitar teacher, or get guitar lessons online.
Private lessons has the benefit of a teacher right there to fix mistakes before they become bad habits. Your instructor can show you how to play music of your choosing too, you are not bound to learning only what’s in the online course. Private guitar lessons could be extremely costly though. Usually you purchase lesson times in blocks in advance, this could be a huge chunk of money to have to come up with at one time.
Guitar lessons on the internet could be accomplished at your own pace which is a great and bad thing. There is no one there to push you to keep moving forward. Most online guitar methods or systems have plenty of diagrams, pictures, and videos, and can be a good way to learn guitar. They are usually set up as “pay once for the entire course” then you have alternatives to buy further specialized training. For example: Lead guitar, acoustic guitar, or blues guitar. Really, for the price you can’t go wrong purchasing one of these packages.
What it comes down to in learning guitar is learning new things, practicing them until they are virtually automatic, then moving on to new areas and repeating.