This is one of the most common questions for beginning guitarists. I can tell you that for every great guitarist out there that was professionally taught, there is just as many that were “self-taught". It comes down to a combination of a few things . . .
- Your preferred style of learning - Do you like being shown or are you a D. I. Y. type?
- Past experiences of teachers - Do you have positive or negative feelings when the word “teacher" is used?
- Your passion / drive to learn - Do you have a burning desire to learn to play, or is it something that you “kinda" want to do and might benefit from somebody to give you a bit of a “push"
- Your budget - Good guitar teachers can be expensive for a reason - because they are worth it! But if you are short on cash, perhaps teaching yourself might be the way to go?
- Your time - How much time do you have to dedicate to playing? Do you have the time to go to lessons? How does it fit into your schedule?
- Your preferred time to learn - Most teachers are available only certain hours. But what if you are a “night-owl" and do your best thinking late at night?
These above are all valid factors to consider when making a choice. Or, perhaps you could try teaching yourself using a good teaching book or resource until you get “stuck", then seek out a teacher?
There is no right or wrong answer.
You must choose what is right for you.
N. R. Edser is a professional Guitar Teacher living on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. He publishes a FREE newsletter for the absolute beginning guitarist.
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