So you want to learn the guitar? That’s indeed great! Like many other aspiring guitarists nowadays, I’m pretty sure the next thing that you are thinking about is how to realize that dream. Finding an amazing guitar teacher or a private guitar tutor is quite difficult, and not to mention, a bit too expensive for most people. Though it’s reasonable to spend thousands of dollars if your aim is to be a professional guitar player, learning the guitar for your own personal leisure and as a hobby is just plain insensible and impractical.
If you want a more relaxed, practical, yet more or less the same as those expensive lessons, I highly recommend that you teach yourself guitar. If you have the will and the determination, you can be your very own guitar teacher. Plus with all those resources, and available online lessons on the internet, this is really a big possibility.
Becoming Your Very Own Guitar Teacher
You don’t need to be musically trained, or need to have a background in musical theory to be your own guitar teacher. What you need is the ability to assess yourself and be able to tell if you are doing the right thing or not. In other words, aside from becoming your very own teacher, you will be your own self critique.
There is no amount of practice that will benefit those who are practicing bad performance habits, so as your own teacher, you have to immediately realize that you are doing something that needs corrections. It may be quite tricky, but with consistency, things will be easier and everything will just fall right into place.
Like any other student-teacher relationship, you are going to need materials that will help you achieve your goals. There are quite a lot of options for these materials or medium that you can choose so that you can start your guitar journey. These come in the form of online guitar courses, a guitar lesson DVD, a Guitar manual and among others. In my experience, I would highly recommend an online video guitar course that can be easily accessed anywhere with an internet connection. You are really lucky nowadays that the internet is here. Back in the old times, people like myself had to rely on those boring guitar manuals and handbooks.
With your materials, you can take your course right in the comfort of your very home and if you feel that it is becoming overwhelming, you can always take a break or two before going back to the course again. You don’t get to enjoy this privilege if you are with a guitar instructor or if you are in a music class.
The Second Opinion
It’s always good, if not best, to ask another person on how you are doing. Just be open to whatever the other person has got to say whether it is good or bad, and treat those as constructive criticisms that will help you improve your performance.
It’s really great to be your own guitar teacher. So if getting those lessons are too expensive for you, consider becoming your own instructor and enjoy the privileges.
Good luck and happy learning!