Decades ago, few people took guitar lessons as there were very few teachers. And once the instrument was supposedly mastered, even though they played with a “wrong” technique, they didn’t feel the need for formal instruction.
No matter how good someone thinks they are, everyone can get something out of a few guitar lessons, they just have a good beginner guitar. Whether it’s learning a new way to transition from chord to chord or a better way to hold the instrument to make chords easier to play, a little help never hurts.
As guitars gained in popularity, teaching methods varied as did learning methods. A lot of players shunned guitar lessons for the sake of buying a chord book and practicing playing the chords as pictured. When they got their hands on sheet music and guitar tablature they would teach themselves to switch chords on their own, and they felt it would be a waste of money to pay for guitar lessons.
Years later as the music changed to become more complicated many may wish they had taken a few guitar lessons if for no other reason but to learn a little about music theory. There’s a vast difference between learning to play a song while listening to it, referred to as playing by ear, and reading or even writing music.
Teachers Were Often Musicians First
People who offered to give guitar lessons were usually accomplished musicians with little or no teaching skills. They tended to be a little grumpy if you had trouble understanding what they were trying to teach you. Today they are generally more than just guitar players trying to earn money between playing gigs. They are teachers serious about their profession and teach more music theory, with patience, while they teach you where the notes are on the fret board.
For those beginners who may be too embarrassed to face a teacher, there are numerous online guitar lessons to take that fear away. You can learn enough to seem like you know what you’re doing and then take a few face-to-face lessons if it makes you feel better and less embarrassed.
It doesn’t matter if you choose to take guitar lessons on line or from a certified teacher. Guitar lessons are only as good as the student and their personal dedication to learn how to play. It may take only a few months to learn how to play the guitar but it will take years of dedicated practice to master it.