17 February 2010

What Do You Hate About Learning Guitar?

We all enjoy lots of good things and fun moments as we learn to play guitar, but I'm sure we all have at least one thing that we hate doing. Maybe you dislike scale exercises, reading music, going back to your teacher when you don't feel you've made much progress...

My pet hate is changing guitar strings, and I keep mine on the guitar as long as possible to avoid this task. Sometimes I find myself wondering "Wouldn't it be great if we could choose one thing we really dislike about learning to play guitar and pay someone else to do it for us?

Sound crazy? Well maybe it is, but that was the idea at the start of Jack Bock's Screwdrivers company.

In 1995 Jack Bock bought some flat pack furniture, but being useless at DIY he hired a handyman to assemble it for him. He thought to himself that there must be many other people like him who struggled to assemble their flat pack furniture and would be happy to pay someone else to do it for them. That idea led to a successful company that assembles furniture, puts up mirrors and picture frames, repairs loose stair rails and all sorts of other 'small and annoying' DIY tasks.

If it worked for DIYers then maybe it could work for us guitar players too?

What would you be willing to pay someone else to do?

So, what about you? Is there an activity you have to perform to learn to play guitar that you really dislike? Leave a comment by clicking the link below and tell us what guitar thing you'd love to have someone else do for you...

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2 comments:

Rob said...

It would be great if we could take all the annoying tasks in life and pay someone else to do them...but then what have we learnt?

Nothing.

Gary Fletcher said...

Nice point Rob.

Rather than nothing though, maybe we could have learned the fun stuff...? :-)

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