Learning the Guitar

The guitar, apart from perhaps the piano, is probably the most versatile musical instrument. It can be used to play solo classical pieces, to accompany one's own or someone else's singing, and, of course, it can accompany instruments, such as the flute or violin, as well. It is also easier to learn to play than the piano.

There are many good reasons to learn to play the guitar. Here are just some:

  • The guitar is extremely versatile and can be used in many genres of music.
  • Unlike many instruments which take months or years of practicing to produce a good sound, the guitar sounds good from the very first lesson.
  • The acoustic guitar is a lot quieter than many other instruments, and can be played or practiced at any time of the day or night without the sound disturbing others.
  • The guitar is relatively cheap, compared to some other instruments. For a relatively good guitar which can last you many years, you could probably pay less than $200.
  • Unlike most other instruments, the guitar does not require the accompaniment of other instruments in order to sound "complete".
  • The guitar is very portable and, compared to many other instruments, quite hardy. It is unlikely that anyone would ever sit on it by accident, or knock it off a chair or music stand.

The best way to learn the guitar is by having individual lessons with a classically trained, professional music teacher. Group lessons are enjoyable, but obviously the speed of learning will be at the pace of the slowest student. For students who want to progress as quickly as possible, this can be frustrating.

Why not try the guitar, and see how you like it. Guitar lessons start with a trial period of three lessons, after which time you can officially enrol, if you find the guitar is for you. Either phone or email to arrange a time to start guitar lessons. You can even hire a guitar initially so that all you spend is the cost of a few guitar lessons.