I started taking guitar lessons on and off back in high school. My primary motivation back then was girls. I figured to be popular; I had one of the three choices; belong to the wrestling team, be a super geek or play music.
Since most of the girls I knew were fanatical about their favorite artist and listened to their favorite song all the time, I figured to play it safe and work with the odds and not against them.
I picked up guitar lessons with the wrong instructor who really didn’t understand that I was not planning to join a band or play in a philharmonics orchestra.
I wanted to play songs fast, and he wanted me to learn the theory of music, learn to read notes and play scales all the time. I got discoursed quickly and gave up until college.
I joined a class and noticed there are some nice people of both sexes who wanted to learn to play because they liked the sound of the guitar. Some liked classical deeper sound themes and some love the sound of electrical guitar and the cool things they could do with it that was not possible with acoustic guitars.
This time the instructor understood and within the first sessions, we all could play a couple of songs. They were simple songs, but we learned to make music in one session. He also gave us three different guitar fingering exercises and picking techniques that were fun to practice.
I learned that I needed solid guitar lessons that were planned so that I could progress without forming bad habits. Forming bad habits is a major problem with those who learn on their own with free online lessons without a solid plan. They miss steps, and don’t even know it; they form bad holding, playing and fingering habits that comes back and haunts them later.
I know because I had done that. As I got better and found out how much backtracking took and how frustrating it was, I wish I had spent a few box and joined paid memberships online.
As a beginner, I also needed these lessons to keep me motivated by helping me play music.
Nothing can substitute a live guitar instructor who can see you play and correct you. The next best things are a carefully planned step by step training from skilled guitarist and teachers. Not everyone who is great at playing guitar knows how to teach you. Following a step by step plan from an experienced teacher and a skilled guitar player is is the fastest way to learn to play guitar and improve for both beginners and advanced students.