3 Excuses People Make So That They Never Learn
To Play The Guitar
By Maurice Richard
Learning how to play the guitar is something most people would love to be able to do.
It's one of the coolest skills anyone can have in today's society. Most of us have gone to campfires and parties where the person with the guitar was the life of the party and admired.
You want to be that person and I do not blame you! But there's a problem.
Here are 3 excuses people use all the time to persuade others and themselves they can’t learn how to play the guitar and why they are not valid.
1. I Do Not Have Any Musical Talent
This is a very popular line I hear from people when asked about learning how to play the guitar.
The problem is this is a false belief or an excuse they use to keep them from learning how to play the guitar. It’s a shame people use or believe this.
The reality is no one is born with musical talent. When you look at the research on how talent and skills develop in your body, you realize all talent and all skill is created or learned.
Sure, some people take to learning to play the guitar quickly. They have a knack for it for whatever reason. They are extremely rare however.
Most people are like you and me. We have to put in the time and effort to learn how to play the guitar.
I have seen many people who thought they had no musical talent learn and flourish on the guitar.
So do not sell yourself short.
2. I Am Too Old To Learn
It amazes me how many times I have heard this line come out from people's mouths.
This has to be an excuse. What does age have to do with learning anything new? Age is only a number.
Now if you want to become a virtuoso guitar player and you are 90 years old, sure, then, maybe you will not be around long enough to reach that level of playing.
But you can still learn how to play the guitar at a basic level. You can still have fun doing it and it will give you something to look forward to each and every day.
Using the age line is usually an excuse because people are afraid to fail at learning to play the guitar. So they accept this as truth and never bother trying.
It's a shame because I have many students who are in their 50's, 60's, 70's and even 80's and they all love learning how to play the guitar.
Most of them want to learn so they can play with their grandkids because their parents are "too busy" to learn.
What an awesome goal to have as a grandparent!
3. I Tried Before But Was Not Able To Learn
To be fair this may not really be an excuse for most people.
Many of my students have come to me frustrated because they have tried to learn in the past and were not successful. These are not the people I am talking about here.
Those types of people are not very confident that they can learn because they may be struggling with it or tried to learn and failed. But they still do not give up totally.
I am talking about the person who tells themselves that you can’t learn to play and so there is no use trying. You tried it once, you were not successful, therefore you can't learn.
Unless you have severe physical handicaps, this is total nonsense.
The biggest fear behind this is the fear repeating the failure. Learning how to play the guitar is a pretty awesome thing and failing at it can be crushing blow.
The problem is most people blame themselves for the failure. And in some cases, it is likely. But many times, is was not them. It was the method they used, the teacher they chose, or some other factor.
If you learn to play the guitar from the right person, you can learn how to play!
Yes, YOU Can Learn How To Play The Guitar
The moral of the story in this article is that many people who make excuses could learn to play if they gave themselves a chance.
I believe most of them want to learn but use excuses to protect themselves from the pain of failure.
It’s hard to blame them because most people do fail to learn how to play the guitar when they seek out inferior methods to learn to play.
The key to learning how to play the guitar is to first believe you are capable followed by finding a professionally trained guitar teacher who will know exactly what to teach you and lead you to success.
About The Author:
Maurice Richard is a professional guitar teacher that operates out of the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has been a member of an elite guitar teaching mentorship program since 2007 and has taught many people how to learn to play the guitar. Go to his website to see why you can learn how to play the guitar.