Learning To Play Guitar: Expectations Vs. Reality

For those about to rock…

1. 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.

2. Expectation: You will teach yourself how to play.

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

3. Expectation: You will practice guitar 24/7.


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

4. 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.”

5. 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.”

6. Expectation: You will be mayor of SHRED CITY.

Reality: You have sausage fingers.

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

11. 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.

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

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