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    Jul 18, 2013

    Learning To Play Guitar: Expectations Vs. Reality

    For those about to rock...

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    Expectation: You will buy the sickest guitar ever.

    Reality: You can only afford a starter guitar that makes you feel like you're playing this.

    Expectation: You will teach yourself how to play.

    Reality: You'll have to pay some random guy to give you lessons.

    Expectation: You will practice guitar 24/7.

    Reality: You'll be tired and your fingers will hurt and you won't feel like practicing.

    Expectation: Within days you will be playing all your favorite classic rock songs.

    Reality: After several weeks, you are still struggling with "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

    Expectation: If you play guitar at a party, everyone will think you're super cool.

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    Reality: No one wants to hear you bumble through "Wonderwall."

    Expectation: You will be mayor of SHRED CITY.

    Reality: You have sausage fingers.

    Expectation: You'll recreate your favorite band's massive guitar sound.

    Reality: Your practice amp sounds like a broken ham radio.

    Expectation: You will look like this when you play.

    Reality: Your eyes will be glued to your guitar and you will be afraid to move.

    Expectation: You will be a total badass and smash your guitar all the time.

    Reality: You will protect that guitar like it's your baby and freak out at the smallest scratch.

    Expectation: Once you get good enough, you'll start a killer band with your friends.

    Reality: All your friends think rock is dead and just want to be DJ's.

    But at least you'll always be able to say the three sweetest words in the English language...