ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

10 Guitar Lessons Myths Straight From Jimmy Cypher

Updated on March 31, 2016
Me with Guitar Instructor Jimmy Cypher
Me with Guitar Instructor Jimmy Cypher

I've been playing guitar since I was in eighth grade, and I was self taught. I thought I knew everything I needed to know about being a guitarist until I met award winning guitar instructor Jimmy Cypher. I learned so many things about the guitar that I never would have thought to ask about! We knew that he should create a YouTube channel with some of his lessons so that he could give the gift of music to people all over the world. These are ten of his videos that I believe can really help those getting into playing the guitar.


TOP 10 GUITAR LESSONS MYTH #1 | You Must Read Music | FALSE!

“Many rock and pop guitarists who learn by ear have better ear training than studio, jazz or classical players. Some of the most innovative guitar playing has come from rock guitarists (e.g. Jimi Hendrix) who did not read a note.” — Lee Ritenour

Top 10 Guitar Lessons Myths #2 | Playing Fast is the Hardest Thing to Learn | FALSE!

Jimmy let's us know in this video that guitar is not always about speed, but about technique!

TOP 10 GUITAR LESSONS MYTHS #3 | I Must Learn Acoustic before Electric | FALSE!

Many people make the mistake of thinking this is true. Just play what is right for you!

TOP 10 GUITAR LESSONS MYTH #4 | Practice Makes Perfect | FALSE!

"You can practice from sun up till sun down every day and if you don’t have crucial correct information about the techniques and approaches that the artist is using, it’s not going to help you one bit! I spent a lot of time in guitar lessons stressing this laying the groundwork and the right foundation for students. You have to have that concrete foundation built before you start to build a mansion on top of it – Mud is not going to cut it!!!" -Jimmy Cypher

TOP 10 GUITAR LESSONS MYTH #5 | More Practice Equals Better Results | FALSE!

Jimmy explains that you can't always sit in your room and practice. Sometimes you just need to get out there!

TOP 10 GUITAR LESSONS MYTH #6 | Metronomes Help You Learn Timing | FALSE!

Jimmy, along with many other artists, believe metronomes are not a good idea. I have to say, I agree.

TOP 10 GUITAR LESSONS MYTH #7 | I’m Too Old To Learn Guitar | FALSE!

Like with many other things in life, you are never too old to learn how to play guitar!

TOP 10 GUITAR LESSONS MYTH #8| You Either Have Talent or You Don’t | FALSE!

"I deal with the core assumption that can really impede your progress: “Well I wasn’t born with musical talent so I’m not sure how much of this I’m going to be able to do.” I don’t have the kind of talent that Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix or whoever has so I don’t know how well I’ll be able to play.” The myth of “talent” is a really interesting one because we all believe that you either have musical talent or you don’t: at some point I think all of us have thought that. But as more research actually shows, excellence and mastery of anything really has to do with the amount of time invested and the critical “tipping point” to borrow from Malcolm Gladwell is 10,000 hours invested." -Jimmy Cypher

TOP 10 GUITAR LESSONS MYTH #9 | I Must Learn Everything about Guitar | FALSE!

“On guitar, there will always be someone who is better, faster and more versatile than you. Get over it and write great songs.” — Dickey Betts

Top 10 GUITAR LESSONS MYTH #10 | I Must Play the Song Tabs Exactly | FALSE!

Jimmy explains that you don't have to play everything exactly as you read it. You can really make it your own, and it will sound great!

I took lessons with Jimmy Cypher myself, and he is really an amazing instructor. There is so much useful information in his videos too! Videos were shot and edited by me (Hilary Clark - Shoot First Ask Questions Later)

Do You Play Guitar?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)