Philadelphia Guitar Lessons: Famous Musicians
Famous Musicians Who Took Guitar Lessons – Part Two
There is a certain level of pride that many musicians feel when they say they are self-taught on guitar. The truth of the matter is, we all learn from somewhere. It could be a video, a friend, music school or a combination of all of these things. Even listening to music can help you learn about rhythm, melody and song construction. If you are going to pick up guitar from somewhere, shouldn’t it be from a great source? You could open up previously closed doors by studying your instrument with a great teacher.
In part two of this article series about famous musicians who took lessons, we will take a look at a few more guitar heroes and how they developed their famous style:
Prince – Prince Nelson Rodgers was born to a pianist and songwriter father and a jazz-signing mother. He learned much from both of them but he also took lessons in high school and formal lessons after.
Bo Diddley – This iconic R&B performer was an active member of his Baptist church in Chicago where he studied the trombone and violin. He became so proficient that the musical director invited him to join their orchestra. He performed with them until he was 18 but was more interested in rhythmic music he heard at a Pentecostal church that he took up guitar.
The Edge – Whose real name is David Howell Evans but better known as a member of the band U2. He received his formal music education at St. Andrew’s National School in Dublin, Ireland. He also took piano and guitar lessons as a child and practiced music with his older brother.
Chuck Berry – Mr. Berry started his career working with local bands in clubs in St. Louis. He borrowed both his guitar riffs and showmanship techniques from the blues musician, T-Bone Walker. He also took guitar lessons from Ira Harris, which laid the foundation for his guitar style.
Allow the teacher to guide you. They will bring out your strengths; save you time and accelerate your playing. Studying with a teacher and being formally trained will open up your creativity like you’ve never known before. By learning more, you have more choices you may not have known existed. This is what learning about music theory is. It teaches you how music works. But understanding how some of your guitar heroes learned, it could open up ideas in your own playing. They all learned from somewhere.
If you are in the Philadelphia area the David Joel will teach you to hone in on your skills or learn new ones. David is both a musician and a teacher so he knows the importance of helping you develop your own personal style when playing guitar. Learning from somewhere is important. Learning from a professional is smart. Some of the best musicians in the world learned from somewhere. And they continued to learn.