I was asked recently by a fellow guitar blogger (it’s so great to be connected to such a fabulous world wide community of fellow guitar nuts!) what were my opinions on the best way to learn guitar. Well, I thought it might be good to share those thoughts with you guys too:
In my opinion, the best way to learn guitar, classical guitar or otherwise (and if you’re serious about it), is to approach it with a long term view. Approach with the understanding that the guitar is not something that can be mastered overnight and that one never truly arrives at a point where one says “this is it. I’ve learnt everything”. Learning guitar is very much about the journey and less so about a destination.
That’s the philosophical “best way” to learn guitar.
The more practical “best way” is really with a good quality teacher (that someone can recommend to you ideally) and taking weekly lessons. A good quality teacher will help you reach your guitar playing goals much quicker than you ever could on your own – there’s the stuff you know you don’t know or don’t know how to execute right? You can puzzle through that stuff eventually (although at a slower pace possibly than with a mentor to guide you). But what about the stuff that you don’t know that you don’t know?! This is where a teacher is worth their weight in gold to the student of the guitar.
You can find this, along the thoughts and opinions of various other guitar teachers and guitarists, here: http://www.guitarrank.com/learn-guitar/
What are your thoughts on the best way to learn guitar?