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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)

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