We guitar players deal with a lot of different perceptions from the people in our lives. Whether it’s the disapproving eyes of our parents, the unrealistic expectations of our peers, or even our own distorted self-image, being a guitar player can be difficult.
Think about it: How would your best friend (who isn’t a musician) describe what you do? He or she might think that if you play music for a living, you must be a rock star who’s flying on private jets to arena shows every night.
What about your boss? When you told him “I play guitar” in your job interview, what was his first thought? There’s a 99 percent chance he envisioned you rocking out in front of your TV while furiously tapping your Guitar Hero controller.
There’s a strong chance a majority of society thinks you spend your time in the smoky haze of a dingy apartment and you’re probably a few months behind on your rent. Society might or might not be close to the truth… but in the end we all know what it really takes to be guitar players.
Playing guitar is about passion, and anybody who doesn’t play music will never understand that. But don’t worry, fellow guitarists—anyone who forms an opinion about us without really understanding what we do isn’t worth paying attention to anyway.
Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. His entertaining guitar-related content receives hundreds of thousands of video views on Facebook per month, and his online guitar courses tout more than 1,500 students with a cumulative 4.7 rating on Udemy. Get in touch with Tyler on Facebook, watch more of his guitar lessons and vlogs on YouTube, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.