Local musician Keith Lewis wrote a piece for his website on why people start playing guitar and how likely their success will be. His definition of success isn’t being a famous guitar wizard, but rather being a halfway decent player.
“Many aspire, few attain.” That very old saying rings very true for those in pursuit of greatness in music. People see a well oiled performance and thing, “My God! I want to do that.” What they do not see are the hundreds of hours of study and playing to try to get it right. If you want to pursue music, I applaud you. But to be even better than average, be prepared to put it some work
Personally I started playing guitar when I was 16. My dad has played forever and looking back it seems kind of stupid that I never asked him to teach me how to play earlier, but according to Keith’s analysis I probably wouldn’t have been ready anyway. I think Keith left out one very important reason for learning to play guitar and that is getting chicks! I can’t be the only guy it worked for. Read the rest of Keith’s analysis here.