3 Reasons Why You’ll Love Playing Guitar

photo © Ben Neiman.

Robbie on stage. Photo © 2014 Ben Neiman

When I first began the journey of learning how to play guitar, I never knew what would come of the fruits of my labor. I didn’t know if I’d like it, and I didn’t know if I would ever use it. As I’ve progressed through my guitar career, I’ve looked back and seen the challenges that I have overcome, and I’ve realized how much I have enjoyed learning how to play guitar. There are three reasons why I love playing the guitar; It’s challenging, it’s only about me, and I’ll never outgrow it!

1. It’s a fun challenge.

When I began the process of learning the guitar, I was young, and I didn’t start with much. My dad gave me guitar and a chord book. That’s it. He helped me learn some rhythm, and I was left to figure out the rest through a little trial and error. I had some tough times in the beginning, and I gave up a time or two. It was the last time I started when things began to fall into place. I was a teenager with lots of time, and I gave it my all. I believe it was Jimi Hendrix that said “Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.” I surely gave up a time or two, but I came back and took the challenge by the reigns, and the fruits of that labor soon paid off.

2. You’ll never outgrow it.

It’s been a couple of decades since I first began, and I keep finding new and exciting challenges as I grow as a guitarist. My first task was to learn some chords and play a simple song, and now that I’m older and more established as a rhythm guitarist I’ve dived into learning how to play solos on my guitar. I can learn something new every day until the end of life is here, and I’ll still have things to work on.

3. It’s only about you.

When I began learning to play guitar, it was my idea to learn. I had the envy of watching my dad and his friends play music in the garage, and I wanted to be able to do that. Learning guitar was all about me; it had nothing to do with anyone else. I could enjoy the art of making music without worrying about how anyone else did it. I didn’t do it for anyone else. I did it for me. Guitar playing is all about you. It will become an extension of who you are.

Learning guitar will always have its challenges, but when each one has been overcome there is the satisfaction of a job well done! It’s always a reminder that success doesn’t happen overnight, and it takes practice and ambition to get there. I spent several years waiting for my skills to materialize, and I am so glad that I started and stuck with it. Playing my guitar is an enjoyable and fun skill that I can do just for me.

Robbie Pitts is the Section Manager (Strings) and lead instructor of the downtown Moultrie location. When not teaching music, Robbie is building tube guitar amps, talking to remote parts of the Earth on his ham radio, or having fun with his wife and son. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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