It never fails! Whenever I put new strings on my guitar, it just seems to play and sound better, and I invariably say to myself that I really ought to change my guitar strings more often. Then, of course, I once again wait much longer than I should to change them, and go through the same inner conversation all over again.
There’s no doubt that putting new guitar strings on your guitar brings a new and fresh perspective to whatever music you play – almost as if you’re playing guitar for the first time albeit with the experience you possess as a guitar player coming through your fingers with a new, expressive facility. The strings resonate brightly, filling the room with their young enthusiasm, and you feel like you could play for hours.
Of course, as you may know, it generally takes an hour or two of playing your guitar for the strings to settle in to a point where they no longer have to be continually brought back to pitch and re-tuned to one another; but then you arrive at the sweet spot of where the fresh pleasure of playing your newly strung guitar intersects the stability of the guitar strings staying in tune, and there is nothing quite like it for inspiring yourself to play music the way you want to.
Guitarists who have played guitar for a while will know what I’m talking about, and, more than likely, know how to change their guitar strings; and there are probably as many string-changing methodologies, as there are guitarists changing their strings. However, it’s perfectly understandable that anyone just getting started with playing, or even those who have played guitar for sometime, can feel totally overwhelmed by the task of putting new guitar strings on a guitar. I can certainly remember what a daunting task it seemed before I was shown how to change strings by my first guitar teacher, who not only explained to me his approach to changing strings, but demonstrated his well-honed string-changing process with a straightforward, hands-on presentation on my sorely limited, dead-sounding guitar – a very helpful presentation, which included allowing me to take a stab at changing a string or two myself under his watchful guidance.
Not only did I have a freshly strung guitar that sounded better than it had in many, many months, I also had the confidence of knowing that changing my strings was a task that I could accomplish with a little time, combined with an acceptance of the trial and error nature of learning any new skill. With the immediate availability of the internet, there is no shortage of video explanations of how to change your guitar strings, and just a little investigation will reveal my aforementioned premise that there is also no shortage of string-changing approaches. The fact of the matter though, and perhaps the primary focus of this post, is that there is no substitute for the personal guidance, not to mention the opportunity for direct feedback, afforded an aspiring guitarist in such instances by working with a guitar teacher.
This fundamental premise of the value of working with a live, in-person guitar teacher is the primary purpose of FindaGuitarTeacher’s existence and our goal is to make it easier than ever before to connect with a guitar teacher who will perfectly fit your goals and financial considerations – a guitar instructor of whom you can ask questions, and get feedback from, in real time, and within the framework of a personal relationship. SInce you’re here reading this post, it’s likely that you, too, value the advantage of working with a guitar teacher over YouTube videos, DVD’s, or guitar lesson websites, all of which, while adding value to your guitar playing experience, are no substitute for the opportunity to get your questions answered, your playing critiqued, and your goals defined.
So, we not only welcome you to FindaGuitarTeacher; we invite you to visit as often as you’d like and to stay as long as you need in order to find just the right guitar teacher for you, your son, or your daughter.