He said he wanted to learn to play guitar. He came to one of our Saturday Beginner Group Guitar Lessons (as opposed to our individual classes) and actually did pretty well. He was getting those first two chords down and in just thirty minutes, he was ready to start learning to play his first songs, which I’d printed out for the students.

When the lesson was over and we were parting ways, I said, “See you next Saturday!” He said, “I’ll be in Mexico next week.”

I urged him to bring his guitar, but he said it would be too much trouble, so I suggested he buy a cheap guitar in Mexico to practice with and maybe gift it to a child when he leaves. He didn’t seem convinced.

Although this gentleman could easily be playing pretty well within weeks, I predict he’ll join the group of 99 percenters who give up.

Why?

Because just “knowing” how to make chords and strum isn’t enough. It’s like “knowing” how to walk: “OK, move my left foot forward (military method! LOL); plant it down; now lift my right foot; now move the right foot forward…”, etc.

Ever watch a baby learn to walk? It’s a good thing they don’t have far to fall, because in the beginning, they take more falls than steps!

Every tango dancer, every cross country runner and everyone else who walks, learned the same way – through constant, repititious falling.

Do you think a child would ever learn to walk by trying a few steps, then waiting a week or more before trying again?

Commitment

It doesn’t take long fingers, talent or “genius” to learn to play guitar or any other instrument. It takes practice. And you’re probably not going to do sufficient practice without commitment.

Learning to play an instrument is great for young ones because it teaches self-discipline. Learning is great for older people because it helps keep the brain sharp. Learning to play an instrument is great for all of us becaue it adds a new dimension of joy to our lives.

“Knowing” how to make some chords and strum isn’t enough. It’s like “knowing” how to walk. You have to be able to do it without thinking about it, and that takes practice. Regular, daily practice.

And that takes commitment.

But it can also be made much, much easier than most current lesson plans. Our instructors use the “Guitars Done Right” learning method, which simplifies things and makes practice FUN instead of drudgery. They’ll have you playing songs you love, right away!

If you have two hands, and enough self-discipline to commit to a daily practice routine, YOU CAN play guitar! (Or bass, or uke, etc.)