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3 Common Myths That Most People Believe About Learning To Play Guitar

by Maurice Richard

Playing the guitar is a very popular skill that most people would love to learn. It’s cool and looks like a lot of fun.

The problem is that many people do not even try because they believe they have no chance at success.

Those that do attempt to learn to play the guitar are typically not confident they will be successful for many reasons and the method they chose to learn with reinforces this and they quit.

Many people believe they can learn to play but then they get the wrong advice and it makes it harder for them and they get frustrated and stop.

Here are 3 common myths about learning to play the guitar and how you can learn to avoid them so you can learn how to play the guitar.

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1. You Must Be Born With Talent To Learn To Play The Guitar

This is an incredibly popular myth that is propagated in our society.

This was something you were likely taught in school. I know I was but fortunately it did not stick in my case.

So many people do believe this and carry on in life thinking they can never be what they want because for whatever reason they are not good at it immediately. They are not naturals.

That’s a shame because there is a lot of scientific evidence available today that point directly to the opposite facts. That skill is not born or innate, but it is created with practice.

Anyone can learn how to play the guitar if they are determined to do it. Once a person decides to do it, there is no stopping a human that really wants something.

Make that decision today. That you will learn how to play the guitar no matter what it takes, no matter how long. And you will do it!

2. All Methods Of Learning Guitar Are Created Equally

What I mean by equally is that they are created to help people who use them get the most benefit and learn in the easiest possible way.

The reality is this is not the case. People who create books and DVDs, those who post on the internet and even most people who teach guitar locally all have their own ideas of how to teach.

On top of that, their goal is to try and cast the widest possible net so they can attract the largest amount of people to use their training materials. Unfortunately, this means they have to compromise and make their offerings one-size-fits-all.

The result is that most people find those methods boring or overwhelming. They certainly attract a lot of people who buy into their methods, but their results are lacking.

If they worked so well everyone could learn to play the guitar on their own but if you look around you will see this is very far from the case.

What you need to do is find someone who will create a program that is tailored for you. That will take your desires, your needs and wants and also teach you the way you learn best so you have success.

3. Learning To Play On An Acoustic Guitar Is The Best Way To Start

Another very popular belief in our society is that the best way to learn to play the guitar is to start on an acoustic guitar.

It amazes me that people still believe and propagate this myth. What amazes me more is that the people who are advocating this are the ones that should know better like professional guitar players and musicians.

Their reasoning is that if you can learn to play guitar on an acoustic, then you can play anything at all. Which is certainly true, however, it is missing a very valuable and critical component.

They assume the person they are talking to is going to be able to be determined enough to overcome all of the physical challenges that an acoustic guitar present to them.

The problem is that most people barely believe they can learn to play let alone overcome the frustrations of learning on the most difficult version of the instrument.

The reality when you look at the facts is that most people who take this advice usually have a lot of trouble getting out of the gate and quit. That’s not what you want to happen to you.

The best thing to do would be to start on an electric guitar. The body and neck are thinner, the strings al lighter and closer to the fretboard. It reduces the physical challenges so you can learn easier and faster.

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How To Avoid The 3 Myths And Learn How To Play The Guitar

You can avoid all of those myths very easily by finding a professionally trained guitar teacher to help you.

Such a teacher will know about all of the myths discussed above and not put you through them. They understand how to teach the right way that things must be done for you to have success.

They have specific and professional training on how to teach the guitar so will have innovative strategies and techniques most people would never think of to help you succeed.

These teachers understand you are an individual, they know you learn different than others, and will help you every step of the way to make sure you get it and win!

About The Author:

Maurice Richard is a professional guitar teacher that operates out of the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has been a member of an elite guitar teaching mentorship program since 2007 and has taught many people how to learn to play the guitar. Go to his website to find out about other myths to learning how to play the guitar and how to overcome them.