My career as a professional guitarist has spanned more than 30 years. In that time, I have had the honor of sharing stages with many top name artists (Little Big Town, Wild Rose, Winger, Confederate Railroad, Jason Aldean and more), and spent many of those years touring the U.S. and Europe. In addition, I have owned a successful music store, been a published songwriter, and taught countless students how to play guitar.
Now, the reason I’m telling you this is NOT to impress you, but to impress upon you, that anyone, and I mean anyone, can learn how to play guitar.
How Can I Make This Claim?
One thing you should know is that I did not spend years studying music theory. I don’t have a degree in music or any formal training, and I certainly wasn’t blessed with tons of natural talent.
I learned to play guitar the hard way, learning songs off of vinyl records, stealing licks from other guitar players, and learning to play guitar by “ear” and by “feel” and by “pattern“.
And you know the funny thing? I worked my butt off to teach myself the guitar without a “proper education”, but was still able to become an in-demand guitar player.
And the fact is, if I can do it, so can you!
What’s the hardest thing about getting started on guitar? Sometimes it’s just a matter of breaking down and dispelling some common myths and misconceptions. See if any of these sound familiar.
Myth – You have to study music theory to get good on the guitar.
Fact – Some of the greatest guitar players of our generation never studied music theory or cracked open a music book. In fact, many never even took guitar lessons! Think… Hendrix, Stevie Ray, Clapton and more.
Myth – You have to practice scales over and over to be able to play lead guitar.
Fact – While a certain knowledge of scale “patterns” is important, learning how to mindlessly play scale notes up and down the neck has little to do with truly making music with your solos.
Myth – You have to spend hours on repetitive guitar drills and exercises to teach your fingers how to play.
Fact – Any dog can be taught new tricks through repetition. Mundane drills and exercises will make you a good robot, but will not necessarily turn you into a good guitar player.
Myth – You have to play really fast, to be really good.
Fact – There is a fixation with today’s generation on playing guitar really fast. It may be impressive from a mechanical point of view, but speed licks do not really “say” anything musically. Think…B.B King.
Myth – You have to be in your teens or twenties to really learn how to play guitar.
Fact – Younger guitar students are often unencumbered with raising families and working, and as a result, have more time to practice and make progress. Adult students, however, typically have more patience and are able to focus more closely on their studies. Progress may be slower, but the “quality” of the progress is heightened.
Myth – You have to take the latest “flashy” guitar lessons program designed for (and taught by) kids, to learn how to play guitar.
Fact – A recent Gallup Survey showed that 59% of music makers are under 35 years old. As a result, most lesson programs target this age group. Luckily, today you’ve discovered a guitar lessons program developed specifically for “our” age group, without the flash!