By Maurice Richard
Congratulations for starting guitar lessons to learn how to play guitar.
It is by far the best way to learn for so many reasons. As long as you stay committed to them on a regular basis you will definitely make a lot of progress over time.
If you really want to learn how to play then that will get you the results you want.
Through teaching many people across many years though I have noticed that regular people who seem to really want to learn and are committed run into problems when they decided to stop taking lessons.
There are many reasons why people stop. Some think they have learned enough and some usually want to take a short break because of some personal issues.
They always have good intentions. But here are 3 things that tend to happen to them when they stop taking lessons.
1. You Stop Practicing Regularly
Maybe you are stopping lessons for a short amount of time and it is only temporary because you feel you are too busy and perhaps overwhelmed.
Or maybe you feel you have learned enough and that you can make your own way going forward.
You have every intention to keep practicing after you stop lessons for either of those reasons but what often happens is the opposite.
The pattern I see all the time is that people keep practicing the first week or two, then they miss a day or two, and next thing you know you are missing a week and it becomes very inconsistent.
Depending on the rate you are actually practicing at, how much you are focused, etc, your skills you just learned may or may not be maintained.
That means your investment in time and money to get where you are starts to get lost. You do not want this.
2. You Stop Playing Altogether
The next phase is worse and takes more or less time depending on the person but it does happen for almost everyone.
What happens is your inconsistent practicing tends to wane even more over time. Next thing you know you miss a couple of weeks, then a month, then years can quickly go by.
At this point you are going backwards and no longer improving or even able to maintain the skill you already have built up with lessons.
All the money and time you invested up until this point starts to go directly down the toilet. You won’t likely lose everything you learned but the longer you get back into it the more you will have to re-learn.
Most of the people I see today are in this category. They never intended to stop for so long but when you stop a habit like taking lessons, something else ends up filling it.
You do not want this to happen if you can avoid it.
3. You Then End Up Stopping And Wishing You Had Continued
Of all the things I hear people tell me when I talk to them the most popular story I hear is one of regret. They wished they had just found a way to keep going to their guitar lessons.
Why? Because they did nothing with guitar for 5 or 10 or 20 years and they realize how good they would be now if they had of just found a way to keep going.
The things I listed above are exactly what they experienced. They never intended to stop completely. They just wanted to take a break because they got busy or they wanted to spend the money elsewhere.
There are so many reasons why people stop guitar lessons and many times this can be avoided.
This does not have to be you.
Staying In Guitar Lessons Keeps You Progressing
Not everyone goes through those things. There are some exceptions but they are rare.
The reason this happens to so many people is because we are creatures of habit but we are also creatures of value.
We seek out and do things that we value most. So, when you give up on guitar lessons you remove value from learning to play guitar.
When you stop paying money to learn how to play the value of learning guitar drops down the list of priorities and gets overtaken by everything else.
Even if you do not practice it would be better for you to continue with guitar lessons and keep working on your skills every week.
You may not progress as fast this way but you will get better and you will not regret it later in life!
About The Author: Maurice Richard is a professional guitar teacher that operates out of the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has been a member of an elite, guitar teaching mentorship program since 2007, and has taught many people how to play guitar effectively.