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Are there any avoidable mistakes that beginning guitarists tend to make?

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Let me begin be dispelling a myth. 

MYTH: You have to have natural talent to be good at an instrument (including the guitar).  Say this to my face and see what happens! Tongue out

FACT: Learning to play any instrument WELL requires A LOT of consistent practice/rehearsal time.  If you want to be a talented musician you have to learn this one lesson! 

I have a hard time when people tell me-- "you have a natural talent".  I worked my tail off to develop my talents and  understand the value of hard work.  There's no "getting lucky" or "natural talent" as far as I'm concerned.  You've got to put in the practice time on a daily basis and stay consistent with it to see results over time. 

Did you learn to ride a bike the first time you got on one?  Did you have a natural gift for it or did it take time to develop that skill/talent?

Another mistake is starting out with an old guitar and not paying the $20 to $30 to have it serviced and put new strings on it.  There's nothing like learning to play an old guitar with stiff, out of tune strings that are far enough off the fretboard that it is very painful to form a simple chord (this has happened to myself and several of my students). 

Oh, and not taking formal lessons can be a mistake (unless you have "natural talent" Wink).  I can't count the number of times I've heard: "I taught myself how to play the guitar".  Sorry to harp on those do-it-yourselfers out there but you are really missing out on making quick progress through formal lessons. 

CONCLUSION:  Start with a decent guitar, take lessons and practice consistently.  These things will lead to an awesome career as a guitar player/performer.

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