How You Move Forward After You Have Taught Yourself A Few Chords And Feel Stuck

by Maurice Richard
Senior Instructor at Halifax Guitar Lessons

Your experience learning how to play guitar started great. You learned a few chords on your own and then learned how to put them together and learned how to play a few songs. It was fun.

But now you go over the same list of songs every night. You know them well enough. So you look for new ones. But they all start to sound the same. Or worse, they are too difficult and seem out of your reach.

It’s not fun anymore. You are bored. Stuck. How do you get out of this rut?

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Why Do People Who Try To Learn Guitar On Their Own Get Stuck?

This is actually a very common problem with many beginning guitar students.

Because there is so much information available on the Internet people logically think they can just go there and learn how to play guitar on their own.

You do a Google search and you end up with a gigantic list of options to pick from. You look over the first few options and pick the one that seems to fit you the best and go for it.

You seem to be progressing along well and learning the basic skills you need. So far so good you tell yourself.

Is It Possible To Learn To Play Guitar On Your Own?

However, what usually happens, depending on the site you landed on and how you learn, is you either get frustrated because it becomes too difficult and you can’t keep up or it gets overly repetitive and boring.

So now you are stuck. Why does this happen?

One of the main reasons is that when you are learning online you have no one watching you and observing you go through the process. You are on your own.

There is no interaction, no instruction as you learn to make sure you are doing it the right way and avoiding learning to do things the wrong way.

No one is there to tell you what you should do next based on where you are now. They guess at where they think your level may be and many times, well most time, they get it wrong. Everyone is different. Of course that process does work for some people but not many.

Wouldn’t it be better to follow a process that gives you a better chance at success?

Increase Your Odds Of Successfully Learning To Play Guitar

Learning to play guitar is not the easiest thing to do. Not only that, but it is more difficult at the very beginning and that’s why it is easy to get stuck.

Yes, some people do guess correctly and manage to learn the right things at the right time and become good guitar players, but the vast majority of people do not.

There is a very small percentage of those who guess wrong who also manage to learn to play guitar well, but these are people who are driven, who manage to overcome a huge amount of frustration and many challenges along the way.

These people invest huge amounts of time into learning to play guitar. In the end their sheer persistence and determination is what gets them the success they want.

And then there are people like you and me who started out well but then got stuck. You found a way that worked and you can play a few things, but now you want more, but you are not sure how.

The solution to your problem is the same as the solution I finally found. It is to find a teacher to help you finally free your guitar playing and take you to the next level.

free your guitar playing

Make It Even More Likely That You Will Successfully Learn To Play Guitar Better

To dramatically increase the odds that you will be successful, don’t just get any teacher. In order to make it a lot more likely that you will have success you need to seek out a good guitar teacher.

Look for someone who is an expert on guitar, who only teaches that instrument. It will mean they are more likely to have the best strategies to help you.

Most guitar teachers do not have any training on how to teach or if they do it is very little and severely limited. Find someone who is highly trained not just at playing guitar but specifically on how to teach it.

And most importantly find someone who has overcome the same problems you want to overcome or who has been able to help others overcome them.

It will not take long to move beyond your current level with a good teacher helping you! Find this person and commit to their process and you will progress quickly.