Are Guitar Lessons Still Worth It?

There are so many ways to learn guitar, like reading articles and watching YouTube videos. At the end of the day, however, there is no substitute for group or private guitar lessons with a professional instructor if you (or your kiddo) want to learn how to play the guitar quickly and correctly. When you learn to play the guitar with a pro musician, expect to:

  • Focus and simplify your education process
  • Nip bad habits in the bud
  • Speed up your learning and goal achievements (seriously!)

“One of the biggest regrets most adults keep is not taking music lessons when they were younger. Don’t end up using a wish tomorrow on something that’s possible today.”

~Dakota Nielsen, OSMD guitar instructor

Here are our top three reasons taking guitar lessons are still better than learning it alone

1) Focus and Simplify Your Education Process

If you Google “guitar lessons near me,” you’ll probably see hundreds of videos pop up on how you can learn to play the guitar fast. While you’ll have a lot of information and options at your fingertips, this route can be super overwhelming. Which video should I watch first? Who’s the top YouTuber in guitar lessons? Before you know it, you’ll be in full hyperfocus mode and waste hours of your time watching videos that may or may not actually teach you how to play the guitar.

When you take in-person guitar lessons from a professional instructor, their first goal is to figure out your learning style and then guide you down the best path for you. Keywords here are “your” and “you.” While this may sound silly, there is no one way to learn an instrument, and every person has a different learning style that works best for them. Your pro guitar teacher will figure out—with you—your preferred education process before diving into how to NOT break strings every time you pick up your instrument. By focusing and simplifying your guitar learning process, you will be set up for guitar skills success!

And it all starts with laying a solid foundation.

2) Nip Bad Habits in the Bud

Once you get used to doing something a certain way, it’s definitely harder to be retrained to do it differently. And if you’re teaching yourself how to play the guitar, who will correct you when something just doesn’t hit right? When you work with a pro guitar instructor, they will correct any bad form or technique you may have picked up on your own (or from those hundreds of YouTube videos you watched last week). And they will nip those bad habits in the bud fast so that your foundation as a guitarist is solid and ripe for progression.

While you may feel OK playing “Jingle Bells” sitting or standing (or laying in bed), any pro guitarist will tell you that in order to learn more advanced skills, techniques, and songs, you need to have a solid foundation so your body and mind can take it all in. At Omaha School of Music & Dance, our university-trained guitar instructors will give you just that: A strong start in your guitar-playing journey, from learning how to properly hold your guitar to music theory and more.

3) Speed Up Your Learning & Goal Achievements (Seriously!)

Driving to and from a studio, then spending time with a guitar teacher, may seem like a waste of time, but you will actually find that taking in-studio guitar lessons will speed up your learning process and help you achieve your goals faster than going it alone. With a tailored lesson plan based on your preferred learning style, your pro teacher will make sure your music-playing goals are top of mind. In fact, every guitar lesson will move you closer to your current goal, and your instructor will make sure that happens. Just think of them as your personal project manager for learning to play the guitar.

When you first pick up your guitar, you’re likely not just looking to learn how to play one key song and call it good. Guitar lessons with a real human will give you new skills and techniques to keep you progressing quickly because—guess what?—they’ve been in your shoes before. By utilizing your instructor’s background and years of “trial and error,” you will be able to skip a lot of just “figuring it out,” pass Go, collect $200, and ultimately speed up your learning process.

Ready to unlock your next guitar-playing achievement badge?

Where Can I Take Guitar Lessons Near Me?

Learning any new instrument can be nerve-wracking, but finding a great studio is key! At Omaha School of Music & Dance, we always offer a safe place to learn and express yourself. And only at Omaha School of Music & Dance will you and/or your child learn from a full-time, university-taught guitar teacher who lives and breathes the guitar. Their passion for music is clear, and it transfers to their students. Each week, your guitar instructor will review homework (AKA what was practiced at home) and move on to the next lesson to keep you learning and progressing.

Interested in guitar lessons at Omaha School of Music & Dance? Here’s how you can register:

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