Hello beginning guitarists everywhere. Welcome to Get Acoustic!
Music has always been my passion. From singing in a choir in church to shredding along to Metallica as a teenager, to busking on the street, to learning how to craft songs and evoke emotions with my own melodies. Music has shaped me, and the acoustic guitar in particular has always been my outlet.
“Mom, I Want To Be A Busker.”
I left home at 22 to become a busker. At this point in my life I was disillusioned with the idea of a 9-5 job I wasn’t passionate about and I wasn’t doing well at school. Both my parents advised me to not to move out (understandably, considering I had almost no money), but they understood there was no stopping me and supported my decision.
I moved into a very cheap apartment in a neighborhood where I didn’t know anybody, and decided that I was going to dedicate my life to music.
The first song I ever played as a busker was “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. I was extremely nervous and messed up the intro, but somewhere in the second chorus, a girl came up to me and threw some money in my hat. I played and sang for two hours, and made about 30 dollars. That’s hardly an income, but I’d never been more proud of myself.
I was never naturally good at playing the acoustic guitar. People often came up to me to say I was very talented, but I never thought of it that way. I gave up on the acoustic guitar so many times because I “didn’t seem to get anywhere with it”. Until, one day I found out about a something really special, called “practice”. Anything could be learned after hours and hours of practice. Almost magic-like. And when I started to really practice, everything changed.
Learning how to practice, however, was a bit of a rough patch for me, considering I was self-taught. I bought guitars I never should’ve bought, I placed my fingers the wrong way and had to re-learn shapes, I was holding my guitar pick awkwardly.
I don’t regret any of those mistakes, but the process would’ve been a lot less bumpy if I would’ve had more direction.
That’s the purpose of this site. Giving beginning guitarists a chance to find the right tools, find the right direction to make the process of learning the acoustic guitar efficient but also, as fun as possible.
So please have a look around. If you ever need a hand or have a question, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,