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Why I Learned to Play Guitar

Updated: Apr 12, 2022

I grew up in a family of musicians. Being the youngest of eight kids, it was the norm to learn a musical instrument. 3 of my brothers played the guitar, 3 of my sisters sang and played the piano and one of my brothers got a masters degree in bass performance. So growing up, I was pushed into piano lessons, violin lessons, and bass lessons. If I wasn’t doing homework or chores, my mom said that I had to be practicing an instrument.

On top of my violin, piano, and bass lessons, I went on to learn how to play the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. For me I was just trying to live up to my older brothers who played more instruments than me! This pushed me to spend the practice time necessary to be good.

My mom would always recite the 10,000 hour rule to me saying; “Put in your 10,000 hours of practice and you’ll be able to play your instrument professionally.” So thats what I did.

Through my experience, I found that my favorite instrument to play was the guitar for several reasons: It works as a backup instrument to sing with, It can be a lead instrument, It works as a rhythm instrument, and with all this versatility, a guitar seemed to be all of the instruments I had learned packed into one instrument.

Every time I get a new guitar student I jokingly tell them, “You picked the best instrument!” Perhaps it is bias on my part, but you can do so much with the guitar! So If you are deciding which instrument to learn, pick the guitar. (no pun intended)

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