Why should you learn guitar online and why should you listen to me?
Hi, my name is Steve and I live near Manchester in the UK. I’ve only been playing the guitar for around 4 years (which in a guitar players life is not much at all). I was a grand age of 32 when I started to learn and I thought I was way too old. The term of “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” kept spinning in my mind.
The thing is I was determined to learn the guitar because I loved music and always dreamed of playing in a band. Ever since my friends and I were young teenagers we always talked about putting together a cool band.
The leader of our teenage pack was a guy called Dave. Now, Dave was always the coolest, always wore the best clothes, always got the girls and he was the first one of us to get a car. So when it came to talking about starting a band Dave always claimed he wanted to be the guitarist / front man. But the thing is not one of us could play a single note on any instrument. Oh, and he said I could play the tambourine in his imaginary band. Yes he really does think a lot of himself.
So anyway, the years past by and everyone in the teenage pack never saw each other.
Moving forward a few years, I bumped into Dave and we got talking about the old days. He invited me to a house party he was holding the following weekend so I gladly accepted as he said all of the old crew from school would be there.
A week later I was at the party, it was great catching up with everyone, then I saw Dave, he was still pretty cool and was bragging about how much money he was making blah blah. Anyway I moved away from him as he bugging the hell out of me.
Suddenly I saw a guitar in the corner of the room, I asked “who plays the guitar?” Dave said “oh nobody, it’s just there for decoration, it cost me £1200, it’s a Gibson Hummingbird”
I replied “I can see that Dave” I walked over and picked up the guitar and everyone began to laugh at me, but then the laughter suddenly stopped as I began to play.
I wish I had a picture of Dave’s face at that moment. Priceless!!
So after just 4 years of learning the guitar my life has completely changed for the better. I’m not kidding.
I used to work in a Bank and I hated every single moment of it and got paid really poor money.
Now I have two jobs but they are jobs I love. My day job is to teach guitar to beginners. I only give 5 lessons a day and I make far more than I ever did working in the Bank.
My other job (and I love this even more) is playing guitar in my band.
Why do I call playing in a band a job? Well, my band is a full professional set up, we play high class events, weddings, 21st birthday parties, army camps and company functions etc. We are only a 3 piece acoustic band playing two gigs every week and we make a nice sum of money each and every time we play! The songs we play are not hard and to be honest most of them are no more than 5 chords each. You’ll realise when you start to learn how many songs you can actually play with just a few chords.
So why am I telling you this? I’m telling you all this because I want you to realise that absolutely anybody can learn guitar in no time at all.
I can now play to a decent standard and I have never even had one lesson from a tutor.
So how did I learn?
I was taught by my computer. I’m serious.
Learning the guitar online is big business because it’s quick, easy, very effective and very very cheap.
To be honest I have seen a drop in the students I teach as everyone is going for the better and cheaper option of learning online.
Thank God I have my band as a source of income!!
Thanks for reading.
Steve Clarke Manchester UK