How to Be Strumming Guitar with Confidence
You wouldn’t feed a juicy steak to a baby, would you? Well, I hope not — the little cutie doesn’t even have teeth! It’s so obvious, yet the logic isn’t so clear when you look around at subscription-based online music websites — and their approach to “musical infants.”
First, the child needs breast milk — and eventually baby food, applesauce, and softer stuff. Then, once she grows her teeth — she can start chewing on tougher pieces of fruits and veggie.
There’s a sequential order to foods that are safe for a small child to eat, and you don’t just plop a 16 oz. steak onto her high chair and say, “Dig in!” You start soft and simple. She doesn’t need a buffet of options.
Avoid This Dangerous Guitar-Learning Mistake
The truth is, this is exactly how most online music websites present their content to beginners. Like an infant who bit off more than they can chew, it is dangerous and unhealthy to your musical development to skip the crucial early steps of the Learn Guitar.
You might be thinking, “Well that’s good and all, Dean — but I can find a zillion plus one beginner videos on YouTube to Learn to Play Guitar. You could. And if you have bottomless supplies of time and patience — I don’t think it is a bad option at all. There are hundreds of well-meaning, passionate musicians teaching on the internet, but the unavoidable problem is…
Most of them have absolutely no clear path to guitar success! No sequence. No order. Total chaos.
It’s very sad to see most of excited new or beginners guitar players lost, confused, and frustrated because they failed to develop the Basic or fundamental building blocks needed to learn extra advanced skills, and ultimately get discouraged and give up on their dream.
“It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.” — Ben Franklin.
That’s why it is incredibly important to take the right steps, in the right order — so you aren’t building your musical foundation on quicksand.
As wise Mr. Benjamin said it — it is much easier to get started on the right foot than to “unlearn” the bad habits that come from a bad lesson plan.
Hi, I Am Dean Ritchey — I have been teaching music lessons for over 30 years and I am helping music lovers to achieve their dreams. Check again for my blogs where I give tips on helping you avoid pitfalls during your journey of learning to play guitar.