What’s More Important, A Good Tutor Or DIY?
Tutor Or DIY?
What’s more important, a good tutor or to DIY? A good tutor can show you insights that will take time off your learning curve. A good tutor can show you things that will reduce struggle and provide better enjoyment while trying to figure things out.
On the other hand, no matter how good a tutor you acquire, it really comes down to you. How committed you are to getting better. How dedicated you are to accomplishing the goal of being a well-accomplished guitarist. How much time and effort (practice) your willing to put in.
There is a lot to be said for do it yourself. The satisfaction of accomplishing something on your own. The fun of learning a new skill or skills. The ability to take as much time as you feel is necessary for yourself to accomplish the task.
There are many benefits to DIY. But then again, there are also some drawbacks too. The fact that you have to learn by making mistakes. It takes longer than if you follow a lesson plan and it is also very possible that you can develop bad habits.
Bad habits can be very difficult to correct later on. But of course, this can be avoided if you follow a step-by-step process. Like, say from a method book or video course.
If you decide to go this route, I suggest you get started with my book Learn Guitar: Simple Method For Beginners. This book will give you a simple step-by-step formula for learning the guitar quickly and easily with everything you need to get started.
A good tutor
Going the route of a good tutor (provided you can find and afford one) can help you to progress better and faster because you are learning one-on-one and getting hands-on training from someone of experience. You can get personal insights that can allow learning faster.
The thing that is important in going the private tutor route is finding the right teacher. This has become a problem for many. I included. I had to go to a few different ones to find the right tutor. Once I did, I progressed quickly.
The right tutor that you make a connection with can be a lot of fun to learn from, but the wrong tutor can be no fun to learn from. So it is very important to find the right one if you decide to go this route.
The problem with tutoring is that a lot of them are guitar players and not guitar teachers. There is a difference. Many guitar players feel, that since they can play, they can teach. This is not always the case. One needs to learn how to teach guitar.
If you decide to go this route, find someone you can connect with and has the experience to teach you what you wish to learn. Even if you have to try out a few different ones as I did. If you seek, you shall find. If you’re in the Denver, CO metro area, contact me and I will help.
If not, find someone in your area. The right tutor can make learning to play the guitar a lot of fun and give you insights that you normally would not get doing it on your own. You just have to decide if it is in your budget and time schedule.
The guitar or any other instrument for that matter is not a quick get the final result now kind of thing. It’s something that will improve your life over time. It’s something that will give you back exactly what you give it in return. The guitar is an instrument that will allow you to build motor skills, better understanding & allow you to discover things about yourself that you never knew existed.
But of course, that’s only if you put in the practice. So in answering your question if it’s one or the other, I’d say practice. Even if you’re not sure what you’re doing, if you stick with it long enough you’ll get there. A good tutor can just help you get there faster.
But it’s still up to you.
Your dedication. Your commitment to your goals, & your practice schedule. You must truly have a desire to want to learn the guitar. Your goal will provide your destination, your plan will provide your action-steps & your desire will provide your daily motivation. But you must have all these in place to keep pushing forward along your journey.
You can do it! But you must stay focused on the tasks at hand and persist through the obstacles. I’d love to tell you it will be a walk in the park, but I wouldn’t want to lead you astray. I will tell you this though, you find the right learning method or tutor & I guarantee you will have fun along the way. With the right guidance, there will be no stopping you.
Best of luck to your learning & if you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Shoot me an email, or contact me on Facebook. And be sure to check out my method books on Amazon to help improve your guitar playing.
Until our next lesson, take care.
Sincerely, Dwayne Jenkins