I never thought that it would happen. I couldn’t read music and I had never touched an instrument that had strings in my entire life. I had always looked at guitars as if they were objects of mathematical confusion. The thought of learning to play a guitar had never even crossed my mind, as I have a hard time committing to something that I know will be difficult to learn. When it comes to music, my whole thought process consisted of the theory that you either have it or you don’t.
My music ability started at the age of three. I was born a singer with great pitch and was a solid drummer by 12. I never had to work on either skill because it just came naturally. I decided at a young age that those were the only instruments that I could physically play.
One afternoon, I decided to sit down with my guitarist and he taught me a handful of chords and progressions. I strummed away for nearly an hour while trying to mimic numerous songs. Nothing seemed to sound right. There were too many chords and I didn’t know which ones to play. And then I heard a chord progression that I recognized. I played a “G” and then a “D”. It reminded me of George Strait’s “Give it all we got tonight”. I moved my fingers around the guitar a bit, trying to remember some of the other chords I had just learned. Within a few minutes I had figured out the entire song’s chord progressions.
I’m not an avid country music fan, but my wife listens to George Strait constantly. Playing that song made me feel like a real musician. I mean, all of this time I had been neglecting opportunity after opportunity to dive even deeper into the healing powers of music. Like I said, my experience with vocals and drumming came naturally, as my father was and is still an amazing musician. But actually learning how to play something with so many variables was and still is extremely rewarding.
All of this happened about three weeks ago. I went from a drumming singer to a drumming singer that can now play over a dozen songs on guitar! After that first practice session, I went out and purchased myself a new guitar to continue my odyssey. Learning to play the guitar was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Sure, I am still a terrible guitar player compared to most musicians, but that isn’t what matters. The only thing that matters is that my wife and daughters absolutely love it when I take the guitar out before bedtime. We all sing along to my shor list of songs. It has brought us much closer as a family.
If I learned how to play the guitar, I feel that anybody can do it. All it takes is a little patience, practice, and persistence. Work on one thing at a time and slowly add more from there. I played guitar for one hour and could play a song. I doubted my abilities for far too long. Don’t make the same mistake that I made. If you want to learn how to play guitar, it only takes an hour. Good luck!