The idea of learning guitar has attracted many to learn from their bedroom from the mass amount of resources on the internet, apps, games. However, many people are giving up soon after they start, or make little progress and end up frustrated. In this article we explore some of the reasons why this might be and why it may suit you better to learn directly from a guitar teacher.
A lack of feedback for your guitar playing
When you are learning the guitar, often learning new techniques isn’t as simple as just following some instructions. There are a lot of muscles and motion involved in your body. It is not always easy to know what you are doing yourself. So when something doesn’t feel or sound great, it’s useful to have feedback straight away to know what you are doing wrong so you can correct it. This is often lacking on YouTube or from books. Often you struggle because you are unsure of what you are doing, and become hesitate at practising it, and then get frustrated at your progress.
Is the teacher or the material you are looking at right for you?
There are so many YouTube Guitar teachers out there, how do you know who is worth listening to? There are a lot of good teachers and a lot of bad ones. So it becomes difficult and can be strenuous process trying to find a teacher that you think you want to watch videos from.
Then how are you sure that the material you are watching is the right level for where you are at? Often you get to pick the material you need, but it’s hard to determine for yourself what is useful, what you should learn first, how you build on it, how you should practise it. So many students come to us from trying to learn online with lots of gaps in their knowledge.
There isn’t someone holding you accountable
It can be a struggle to motivate yourself to practise during the week or when times are busy, or you aren’t feeling well. When you meet a teacher face to face, you have someone motivating you to encourage you to practise and to progress. They can help you with any problems you may be having as well to help you get back on track. This is the biggest reason that most people love having a teacher, is someone who is there to challenge them and help them improve their guitar playing through going to guitar lessons.
Only general information is provided
Often online guitar lessons and books provide very general information for the general guitar player. It doesn’t provide focus nor information that is specific to your needs, wants, and challenges.
Just like a car, you need specific information for your engine, your tyres, your exhaust. General car knowledge wouldn’t help you if your tyre has blown and you need to replace it. This is the same with your playing. You need specific information for you. This way you actually progress quickly towards what you want to do on the guitar.
Getting answers to questions you have
Besides getting feedback on your playing and what your playing is like. You may also have additional questions regarding your playing or about the guitar. Some of these questions you might not even know how to describe and may be physical questions that you need to show someone. This tend to be very difficult to do with YouTube and books. Whereas having someone there that you can ask and someone whom you can rely on will help you improve your understanding and playing of the guitar a lot faster and easier.
Become a great bedroom guitar player only
Perhaps you only want to play in your bedroom, or on camera. Online guitar lessons tend to get you good at playing in your bedroom. If you want to play with other people or in front of people, then you definitely need to get out there. Learn how musicians communicate with other, how to count each other in. Little things that make all the difference to your confidence and will help you become a more rounded player.
Hopefully this guide has given you some ideas of why you may be struggling with learning the guitar online. Finding a great guitar teacher will help you solve a lot of the problems and frustrations you are having.
About author: Darryl Powis, a London Guitar School Owner and Guitar Instructor based in East London. If you are based in London, and interested in Electric Guitar Lessons London then get in contact via the guitar lessons website.