What are the myths that can prevent you from learning the guitar?


As with many subjects, there are myths that circulate even though there may be no rhyme or reason for them. Learning the guitar is no exception. Often imaginary constructions, these myths nevertheless have die slowly. Discover in this article these different myths and their misconceptions. 

Myth #1: You have to start young.

You should know that it is never too late to learn an instrument, no matter what your age. This myth comes from the fact that we often believe that the younger we are the easier it is to learn, which is not necessarily true. It is above all a question of motivation, time, ego, aptitudes etc... A child will surely have a more playful approach and his ego will not come into account. An adult will be able to open up his inner child, and those who do this, will not only enjoy their learning experience, but also learn faster than if they did not let loose and return to childlike ways, so-to-speak.

Myth #2: You need an expensive guitar to play well.

Even if a quality guitar will bring comfort and ease to your playing, it is not because you buy an expensive guitar that you will play better. It is of course your diligence, your determination, motivation and your knowledge that will make the difference. Because to play any instrument well, you have to work at it.

Myth #3: You have to play a lot.

Of course, at the beginning, the budding musician is asked to learn at a certain pace. This does not mean that he will have to play every day for several hours. It is up to each one to find his or her own rhythm, knowing that playing an instrument requires a certain amount of effort, good coordination, etc.

Myth #4: The guitar is an easy instrument.

It is true that it is often said that the guitar is an easy instrument because people have this bucolic image of the guitarist by the fire. Even if everyone can do it, learning the guitar requires technique, good motor skills, dexterity etc... But of course all this can be learned. A real gymnastic for your brain, the guitar requires, like any other instrument, to repeat its scales again and again. You could say that after practicing all your exercises, scales, technique and musicianship, yes, then (and only then) can we admit that the guitar is an easy instrument (wink!).

Myth #5: My hands aren't the right size.

There is no such thing as too big, too big, too small or too thin fingers normally. It is true that the guitar requires, like many string instruments, to place your fingers correctly. At the beginning it will be a bit laborious or even painful. That's why it is recommended to start a few minutes a day just to get used to this new sensation and pressure on your fingers.

Myth #6: Without music theory you can't play.

Music Theory does not go without practice and vice versa. Of course you can play with little theory knowledge but if you want to compose for example, improvise, make solos and more, understanding the “nuts and bolts” of music will be useful. Additionally, when you deeply understand the reasons and structure of music, you will find a new appreciation to not only what you compose, but also, what others have composed; you will be able to listen with “knowing” and this can be a truly profound experience. It's up to you, however, to know what you'll need according to your desires.

Myth #7: Technique is secondary.

As with music theory, technique will be essential depending on what you want to do. If you want to play jazz and classical music, technique is a must. Even if you want to play rock, every musical style requires a certain amount of technique, so we highly advise guitarists and instrumentalists alike, to work on technique to round their musical skills.

Myth #8: Music theory is secondary

Once again, it is possible to learn the guitar without knowing music theory. On the other hand, its knowledge will bring you more freedom to play a greater variety of pieces. It's true that there are great musicians who don't know music theory, but it's a matter of ear and innate skills.

Myth #9: You should always start with a classical guitar.

If you want to play electric guitar, you don't have to start with classical guitar! Just follow your desires and enjoy yourself. There is no rule or obligation, whatsoever.

Myth #10: A teacher is indispensable.

Even if human contact is important, you can learn the guitar at home alone in front of your screen or your guitar manuals. Today, thanks to the internet, you can learn your instrument at your own pace. Now, if you feel that learning the guitar is uniquely and undeniably through a music school, private lessons etc., it's up to you to make that decision.

As with all myths, you must go within yourself to determine what is right and what is wrong for you. Never feel obligated to follow what someone says, even if they think it is “written in stone” and even if everyone else does it this or that way. You are not like anyone else; you are you: a one-of-a-kind individual in all of time and space. So take this power, use your own wise discernment and learn guitar the way you know you can!

Written by patrox
on 2022-03-28 12:45:06

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