8 Things I regret not doing when learning guitar

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In this video I’m sharing my biggest regrets concerning learning the guitar. Things I wish I would’ve done more, or less of. I hope these tips will help you make better decisions now, so you won’t feel sorry later 😉


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Hi, my name is Paul Davids! I am a guitar player, teacher, producer, and overall music enthusiast from the Netherlands! I try to inspire people from all over the world with my videos, here on YouTube.

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17 Replies to “8 Things I regret not doing when learning guitar”

  1. This is my favorite video of yours…It really highlights the most important "beginner mind" that we all
    need to truly get great on ANY instrument!

  2. Your first regret, is my biggest mistake.. According to “teachers”..
    Thank you for verifying what I thought.. I’ll keep learning covers.. because I can ????

  3. Re: #6. There is nothing more sobering that going into a studio and playing to a click (whether just to do a scratch guitar part or otherwise). Honestly, if you can’t do that, you’ve got work to do. If you can, you can be pretty sure you’re doing ok live. After all, in the studio, you’re on the clock (often), and folks are listening *closely*, AND it’s recorded. And that click don’t lie (though now we can always grid it (ugh!)).

    I had no idea what you were going to say about “racing the metronome.” The only point I ever saw in it was holding its hand. But I started in blues, folk, and punk. Later tried to get Marty Friedman down, but only at half-speed (at best)—still sounds great, btw, with just little phrasing adjustments. But I get it now. A lot of that ties to your genre piece as well, and your “two minute shred” comment.

    Many of these regrets come down to embracing music, songs, and the organic whole, not concentrating on performative aspects of a single (or a couple genres). Seems like you did that in time, Big Time!

    Great stuff!

  4. 01. Learn the classics

    Does anyone have recommendations (a list, for example) of the classics, in order?

  5. One thing i will say and please read this if your either just starting out or been playing forever, take breaks.. take breaks otherwise your hands will pay the price, only been playing for 4 years and have played every given opportunity i had, now i cant play guitar for more than 2 minutes without both my hands going completely numb, look after your hands.. and im only 20 years old

  6. Thank you Paul for sharing your wisdom & experience.
    # This just adds a new and innovative perspective to learning music.
    ¶ Shashi Kassen . Johannesburg. South Africa

  7. 5:10 I always messed around on a piano for fun because I knew chords from guitar lol. Never thought about learning theory on it though even when, like you say, it's much simpler on a piano. (which is why I could the songs I could lol)

  8. Thanks man, you're a class act all the way, thank you for the advise you're very senser and well intentioned

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