Who doesn’t love music? Imagine being able to create music yourself! This is a thought that should appeal to most people, especially the young. Making music stimulates the mind, provides instant satisfaction, and creates wonderful mental connections that keep us sharp. Best of all, the pride of creating something as impressive as high-quality music is worth celebrating. Whether you take acoustic guitar or voice lessons, you will learn how accessible making music really is.
Unfortunately, we have heard several myths about taking acoustic guitar lessons. Here are 3 of the myths and the reality behind them:
- There is a prevalent myth out there that when it comes to learning the guitar, some people just “have it” and some people just do not. While the musically gifted may be able to learn the guitar more quickly, most people are capable of learning how to play the guitar—no matter whether they are young or older. With great lessons and practice, you can certainly become at least a capable guitar player. And the best part is that knowing how to read music isn’t a prerequisite to learning the guitar.
- Another myth behind guitar lessons is that music teachers are like army generals, shouting orders and demanding perfection. Make no mistake, a great music teacher will push you toward excellence, or at least competency (depending on your goals); you will not be treated like a lowly soldier, humiliated, or belittled. Making music is a positive experience; learning the guitar will be the same way.
- The worst myth about learning to play the acoustic guitar is this: you would be learning to play an irrelevant instrument. Many people, especially young people, might think that the only “cool” guitars are electric guitars, but this could not be further from the truth. Numerous musicians that are relevant and popular today record songs that feature the acoustic guitar heavily. It is not just for old stars like Bob Dylan or people who play music in restaurants. The acoustic guitar has never gone out of style and probably never will. Most importantly, if you plan on learning how to play an electric guitar, then learning the acoustic guitar is an excellent path to electric guitar excellence.