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Have you always dreamed of playing the guitar but didn't know where to start? Maybe you are a huge folk music fan but have never worked up the courage to pick up an instrument...
There are so many reasons for starting the guitar. You may want to learn just to have fun, to play your favourite tunes, to challenge yourself to develop a new skill or to be able to play with your friends. Although guitar is quite a difficult instrument to learn, it is the second most common instrument played after the piano.
Whatever your reason for wanting to learn the guitar, playing the guitar is an amazing skill that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Not only will you be able to develop your creativity and imagination, but you'll also be able to develop your musical ear, have fun and reduce stress!
There are so many benefits to learning the guitar, here are some of the most important:
Expand your creativity
Being a great musician is more than just learning the basic chords and being able to play them from memory. Once you're advanced enough, you may also be able to invent your own riffs, develop your own musical style and maybe even compose your own songs!
Playing the guitar will help you to develop your creativity, whether you're into folk rock, acoustic or heavy metal. As you get more comfortable in your skills and ability, you'll practice exercises allowing you to improvise and develop your own style.
Develop your musical ear
By learning the guitar, you'll be able to develop your musical ear and be able to understand the concepts of tempo, pitch, and rhythm. You'll be able to understand the theory behind your favourite music.
Improve your memory
Just like learning a new language, learning a new instrument is a great way to boost your capacity for memorisation. When learning new pieces of music and new chords, you are learning to concentrate, stay alert and memorise new material.
Decrease your levels of stress
Playing an instrument can have a soothing effect and help you relax after a difficult day. As you are learning new chords or new techniques, you are less focused on your everyday worries. Plus, the beautiful tunes will be sure to lift your mood!
Express your emotions
Playing music is one of the best ways to express your emotions. Think about your favourite playlist.... There's a song for every type of emotion, from joyous and excited, to melancholy and nostalgic. Expressing yourself through guitar is one of the most beautiful ways to express our innermost thoughts and feelings.
How Can I Start Learning the Guitar?
Before deciding on how best to go about learning the guitar, it's important to have an idea of what your personal objectives are, in order to decide on the level of commitment you're willing to put in. Maybe you just want to learn casually and are only willing to commit a couple of hours a week? Or perhaps you'd like to advance quickly and be able to play in a group with your friends. Whatever the reason, follow your lessons at a rhythm and pace which is most suitable for you!
With a guitar teacher, you'll learn how to read guitar tabs, how to tune your guitar, how to play in the correct rhythm, how to play different chords and transition from one chord to the next. Once you are more advanced you'll even learn improvisation and different styles of playing.
You can choose to begin guitar lessons with a private teacher, in a group class setting, at a music school or on your own.
What budget should I invest into starting the guitar?
The cost of starting a new instrument is often one of the biggest obstacles preventing people from starting. However, if you're just beginning, it's useless to invest in a 1000 dollar guitar... Your best bet is to invest in a guitar in the $100 to $200 price range. Also keep an eye out for used guitars which may be more reasonably priced.
Resources to help you learn the guitar
There are a number of great resources for those who are just starting out. Online you can find videos and tutorials to help you learn the basic chords, exercises, worksheets and tuning applications to help you get started.
Although you'll need to put in the effort and even be able to learn a great deal from different resources, having a tutor is the best way to progress quickly and ensure that you are using the right technique.
One of the biggest problems for individuals who decide to learn guitar on their own is that they may pick up the wrong techniques or tactics. A teacher can help you to identify if you are making any mistakes or not playing in tune.
On Superprof, you can find private guitar teachers that are available in your area or to give online lessons. You'll be able to go through a series of teaching profiles showing their fees charged per lesson, their level of experience, teaching methodology etc.
Once you've found the perfect teacher, you'll be able to send them a lesson request directly through Superprof. Once they respond, you're ready to schedule your first beginner guitar lesson!