Mythbusting 1: I’m just not musical

There are many myths surrounding learning a musical instrument and I’m here to bust ’em!

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  1. I’m just not musical (I had music lessons when I was a kid and couldn’t do it)

This has made it to the top spot because it is one of the most common and most damaging myths that I regularly hear as a professional guitar teacher. But allow me to let you in on a little secret: I also had piano lessons as a child and got nowhere fast. By the time I was 14 I’d also had saxophone lessons, with limited success. So by this time I also started to think that I was somehow “un-musical”. But now, with many years of musical enjoyment behind me, as well as a Diploma and Degree in music, I’m glad I didn’t give in to this dangerous myth. With the benefit of hindsight I can see the reasons I did not take to music at an earlier age. For me, it was a combination of elements but you may have your own set of reasons for not continuing. Perhaps you had an un-inspiring teacher? Perhaps your teacher did not know how to get the best out of a diverse range of students? Maybe they were teaching you music that you had no interest in? Or, with all the distractions of childhood, you were not yet mature enough to appreciate the value of music? Maybe you were not encouraged to practice regularly? Or you had no support from your peer group? The list could go on. But whatever your reasons, don’t let your childhood experiences colour your current opinions of music lessons. Just because you were unsuccessful in the past, it does not mean that you have an inability to learn an instrument. It’s far more likely that you have just not had the right guidance to unlock your inner musician. I have successfully taught many people (like Mindy here) who had the obligatory failed piano lessons in their youth and are living proof that this needn’t stop you from reaching your goals on the guitar.

So if you have any doubts about your inherent “musicality”, don’t worry. Come for a free half hour Introductory Session to find out more about how my teaching methods can help you learn guitar.



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