Hey, I've been playing guitar almost my entire life.
I've studied and learned from the BEST guitar players in the world - Paul Gilbert, Michel Angelo Batio, John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, John McGlaughlin... I've written lots of cool songs and released several CDs. I even learned how to play guitar with both hands (but I don't have a cool dual guitar yet).
Music is so similar to other things - sports, martial arts, working out, meditation, statistics and probability, economics, war strategy, psychology...
Which of course, all develop some very important KEY life skills that are necessary for a healthy life - discipline, patience, goal setting, relaxation, problem solving, anticipating and predicting future events, communication, attentive focus, self awareness...
Studying music will train you to think in multiple perspectives. You'll notice that music is kinda like math, and you'll start seeing patterns and new dimensions!
Now, in the beginning I didn't know anything!
I just wanted to play guitar, like my favorite bands at the time. In fact, I broke one of the strings the first time I picked up a guitar, so my dad locked it up and wouldn't let me touch it anymore...
The point is I'm no different than you, I'm not gifted or talented or some genius. I just really wanted to learn, so I tried to teach myself using all the familiar methods: books, youtube videos, online lessons, forums, friends, trial and error...
Nothing really worked!
Sure, I could play a few songs... but I wasn't satisfied. I mean, I had practiced for SO LONG and for SO MANY YEARS that I just couldn't believe how little progress I was making...
I didn't really think much about having a guitar teacher.
I thought guitar teachers would force you to do things you didn't really want to do.
Besides, I wanted to come up with my own way of doing things...
So I had been avoiding getting a teacher for the longest time.
One day I finally found a guitar teacher (someone who seemed to know what he was talking about).
I learned more in my FIRST guitar lesson than I ever did in 10 years of trying to practice guitar without a teacher.
I realized that what I had been doing was all the WRONG things. All the bad habits that make you a sloppy player...
There were musical skills that I had been neglecting, and I didn't even know it.
Without 'officially' studying music, it's really difficult to come up with your own ideas.
One little problem tho...
There's so many different ways to study music.
There are countless systems and scales and exercises.
How do you know which is the right one?
What should you do first, second, and third?
What songs should you learn? What scales should you practice? How do you build speed?
It gets a bit overwhelming.
The good news, I've worked with hundreds of guitar students over the years.
I've developed my Virtual Guitar Gym strategy to help other guitar players make consistent progress every single time they practice!
I have already laid out a step-by-step plan for you.
All you need to do is follow the directions and do the exercises. We will work together to make sure you practice correctly, and you will start to see progress and results within the first 5 minutes.