Four years ago, I began taking lessons to learn the electric bass guitar. I’m sure I could have learned to play the bass by watching youtube videos, but I prefer being able to ask specific questions I’m struggling with to a real person versus a search engine. I also prefer lessons, because the instructor often know things that will be useful that I’m not yet aware of.
For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been learning about now to write melodies. When we first started, I was wondering to myself, “how is this going to help be become a better bass player?” I was really having a hard time connecting the dots between being able to write melodies and being a more skilled bass player.
As we’ve been working on it, I’m seeing how this skill will increase my understanding of music and also help me learn how I can apply this knowledge directly in some of the songs we play on the worship team at church. It’s a skill I likely wouldn’t have pursued, had I not been taking lessons from someone who knows more about music than me.
While youtube and online search results can be useful in helping you learn a new skill, I think the best way to learn, at least for me, is to enlist the help of a good instructor. Someone who has been on the same journey, only much longer than I have, and someone who knows what skills would be valuable, that I may not even be considering.
The next time you’re trying to go beyond the basics of learning a new skill, consider enlisting the help of an instructor. It’s highly probable that you’ll benefit from the knowledge they have that you’re not yet aware of.