What I’ve learned from guitar lessons (besides how to play guitar)

You’re never too old to learn something new.

For years, I wanted to learn to play the guitar. I envied people with musical talent, especially guitar players. My favorite part of my favorite songs was the guitar solo. I have a friend who is an incredible guitar player and singer, and, when I watched him perform, I thought, “I wish I could do that.”

My mother-in-law found out I wanted to learn how to play, so she gave me a guitar for Christmas. I picked around on it and picked up a few pointers from friends and relatives who were guitarists. But I never dedicated the time required to truly learn to play. My guitar spent more time in the corner than in my hands.

Bill and me.

In 2014, my family relocated to a new community, and I started a new job 30 minutes from home. Now I had a one-hour lunch each day with nowhere to go and nothing to do. I recall thinking, “I’m not getting any younger, and, if I’m going to learn to play the guitar, there’s no better time than now.” So I started bringing my guitar to work and spending my lunch hour playing it in a nearby park. I would sit under a gazebo and pluck around. But, since I didn’t know what I was doing, I really wasn’t making music.

One day, as I was walking back to my truck, guitar in hand, a man stopped and asked if I knew how to play. I told him I was trying to learn, to which he replied, “You’ll make a lot more progress if you take lessons.” I drove back to the office, did an online search for “guitar lessons” and the name of the city where I work, and emailed the person listed on the top link. I soon was scheduled to meet Bill for my first lesson.

Connecting with Bill was a God-thing. Bill is an extremely talented guitar player and a great teacher, but, more importantly, he was skilled in the genre I wanted to learn – worship music. Bill serves as the worship leader for the local Assembly of God church, so he knew all the songs I wanted to play, because he plays them every Sunday.

I’ve been taking lessons for three years now, and, while I’m no Jimi Hendrix, I can do more than pick around. I routinely accompany my wife in leading worship during our church’s midweek Bible study, which was something I’ve always dreamed of doing. I can play along with my favorite Christian worship leaders on YouTube. Most importantly, I have newfound confidence generated by fulfilling one of my life-long dreams.

So what have you always dreamed of doing? Do you want to play an instrument? Learn another language? Write a book? Run a marathon?

Whatever your dream, there’s no better time to start than now. Determine the first step, and take it today. You won’t be sorry – unless you keep procrastinating.

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