11 reasons every beginner guitar player should take lessons

Two guitarists jamming on a sofa
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We love to imagine that guitar gods are gifted their talent in a pact with the Devil, rather than having to sit through years of guitar lessons. After all, education is hardly rock n’ roll, is it? 

There is YouTube, that bottomless pit of guitar tutorials. Sure, it’s never been easier to teach yourself how to play the guitar, yet it’s also never been harder to know where to start. That’s why we believe that lessons are the best way to learn, a process that will see you progress further faster with more fun and far fewer frustrations. They’re the best shortcut you can take to becoming well, if not a guitar god, then at the very least a musician worthy of the title guitarist.

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Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for Guitar World and MusicRadar. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.