Learning to Play Guitar

A lot of people who are interested in learning to play guitar make excuses for why they aren’t as good as they’d like to be. If you’re struggling in your quest to learn guitar fast, and are blaming your equipment then don’t.


Because it’s not about the guitar, that’s why.

Seven-times Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong famously said, “It’s not about the bike”. The bike is just a vehicle.

Similarly, the guitar is just a means of expressing the musical thoughts and language that you have in your head. It is a tool, nothing more.

A lot of people think that they need a really great guitar to be able to play great music. They believe this because their guitar heroes often play very expensive, very nice looking, very nice sounding guitars.

Don’t get me wrong, a nice guitar is great, and if you can afford to get one then go for it. But don’t use the fact that your guitar isn’t as nice as Joe Satriani’s as an excuse to explain why you can’t play the guitar as well as he can. If you and Joe swaped guitars for a jam session, then I’m afraid that the chances are he would still sound amazing through your battered, cheap electric guitar and budget amp. And your playing wouldn’t suddenly be good, even when expressed through Mr Satriani’s state of the art axe and super expensive effects board and deluxe guitar amp.

If learning to play guitar well was dependent on buying fancy equipment, where would that leave the majority of teenagers who take up playing the guitar? In debt, that’s where. A lot of people with less than brilliant guitars are extremely good players so you don’t need top notch equipment to be a top notch player.

If you don’t believe me, just check these guys out.

Yep, that’s right, they’re all playing cigar box guitars. That’s guitars made out of actual cigar boxes. And yes, they all sound better than you do on your “proper” guitar.

Puts it into perspective, doesn’t it?

Remember, it’s not about the guitar! If you’re learning to play guitar, you need to practice hard, not spend hard.

Update: If you want to learn to play guitar properly, you could do a lot worse than to check out this website http://jamoramaguitarreviews.org/ for info on the available options.

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