I get asked this question quite frequently and often find that the answer depends on the individual person’s needs, but there are a number of benefits of taking guitar lessons that can be applied to most people who are thinking of taking up the instrument for the first time or who want to advance further having already mastered the basics.
If you’re a beginner, there is no substitute for finding a great teacher who can set you on the right path from the outset. Trying to learn guitar, or any instrument for that matter, is hard enough, but I can’t tell you the amount of people who I’ve come across who wish they’d been taught properly from the start, as trying to correct bad habits can be even more difficult than simply learning the right way to begin with. Although, having said that, I have met some absolutely blinding self taught players in my time, I usually find that the self taught musician who is completely free of bad habits to be the exception and not the rule – a chance that I personally would not want to take if I were starting out again.
Even if you’re one of the lucky few self taught guitarists to make it through those early stages without the aforementioned bad habits, then it can still be a frustrating instrument to learn all by yourself. I’ve also seen a fair number of learners simply give up after a while, resigned to never ‘getting good‘ on the instrument, which is a shame. A good teacher can provide you with encouragement, feedback and inspiration to push yourself further even when you feel like giving up. It’s worth it in the end, trust me!
Speaking from experience, I can personally vouch for the benefits of taking guitar lessons. I first started playing when I was 12, and had lessons right from when I first picked up the instrument, only stopping when I came out of uni at 21 and started my own business. I still see the benefits of those early lessons in my playing today, having been lucky enough to find a great teacher who inspired me every week.
Now it’s my turn to do the same for you. Let me make you a better guitar player and inspire you to become the player you’ve always wanted to be. Get in touch and let’s book some lessons in!