I just picked up guitar again 6 weeks ago and it has been incredibly fun. The last time I held a guitar in my hands was almost 20 years ago. Gosh! 20 years. Insane.
Looking back on that time, there was no YouTube, apps, or fancy tuners. It was just you, your guitar, and hopefully a teacher. Fast forward to today, and the hobby seems incredibly the same but also incredibly different. My iPad for instance has changed my approach, outlook, motivational levels, and speed of learning. Many thanks to this remarkable device.
There are so many guitar channels out there where you can play, practice, pause, play again, etc. It’s like having a guitar teacher just a few feet away. It’s an absolute game changer for anyone wanting to learn guitar. While we are on this topic, I happen to be a big fan of Marty Schwartz and Andy Crowley.
I remember back in the day where I had to wait an entire week before my guitar teacher could tune my guitar. It was obnoxious. And, if I missed a week, it was even more painful. With apps like GuitarTuna and many others, tuning a guitar is simple and essentially painless.
Similar to the above, I would have to wait an entire week to get a new piece of tablature from my guitar teacher or be willing to drop $3-$5 for a new tab sheet. Those days are gone. A few days ago, I spent under $20 to have an entire year of access to almost any song I would want to play. Absolutely amazing.
If any of the above gets old, I can always switch over to Yousician – a Guitar Hero of sorts for beginners like myself. It’s so much fun. They basically gamified the guitar.
This one device has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for a hobby that I thought was strictly analog years ago.