Guitar Lessons with Cam Bird
Get your Guitar Wings
Do you feel stuck and like you’re hitting a wall with your guitar playing? Are you not playing as much as you intended to when you first got your awesome new guitar and it’s starting to gather dust in the corner of one of the rooms of your home?
I’ve been there too. It sucks. I’ve been at points in my guitar playing journey over the past 22 years where I’ve felt so frustrated and pissed off with my playing that I’ve wanted to give up and quit or even worse, I’ve just tried to ignore my passion and desire to play guitar and music and buried it under excuses; work, family, bills, the lot. I put everything else first and the guitar turned into a chore, or something that I felt guilty about which wasn’t the intention of it at all.
I tried all those YouTube videos, online Guitar Tabs, I’d even had teachers in the past who would sit me down and teach me scales and songs out of guitar books in group lessons at school but the guitar never clicked for me and I kept feeling like I was hitting walls and never truly breaking through. Inside I was desperate, I loved music so much but I felt like I was going to have to quit unless things changed FAST.
Then everything turned around on this one cold winters day. I rocked up to a group guitar class at school, feeling my usual frustration and anxiety at what was to come but little did I know how much things were about to change for me.
A cold had swept through the school and everyone was sick that day in my music class, even the teacher.
A substitute teacher had to fill the spot of my usual teacher that day and for once it was just me and the teacher, 1-on-1 together, I had nowhere to hide! Oh no!!!
A little intimidated, I said “I’m usually the worst one in the group”. I think he knew what was going on and could sense my nervousness and what I was going through with the guitar. He smiled at me and said “well, lets change that then!”
I instantly relaxed and felt better. What a relief! “Ok! I’d love that” I said to him.
He picked up the teacher’s book, looked at the last couple of lessons that the teacher had been teaching us, took a deep breathe and to my shock, threw my usual teachers notes over his shoulder onto the floor and turned to me and asked me the most powerful question of my whole guitar playing journey to this day….
“What music do you actually love to listen to Cam?”
And that was the moment where everything turned around for me. He taught me my favourite song, Master of Puppets by Metallica. WOAH! This was awesome. Then he taught me my first scale and we actually jammed together. He opened up the guitar to me and it suddenly became this vast amazing and beautiful hidden land to explore, where anything was possible!
We lost track of time and we didn’t even hear the lunch time bell go as he was showing me how to improvise, create and play what I wanted to play on the guitar. This was awesome!!!
What the hell was this?! Guitar was something that had become a chore, a pain, a frustration for me, now I had this incredible feeling like I was literally Superman and had just learned to fly!!!
As soon as school finished I literally ran home, a good 2 or 3 kms with my guitar on my back. I rushed in the door of my home, went straight to my room, plugged in the guitar and played for hours!!!! I was in love with it again! I felt the same excitement, passion, and energy I felt when I first got my guitar from the store. YES! Heaven!
And it kept getting better from that point. That moment for me was the most powerful moment of my journey learning the guitar. Now with over 22 years of playing under my belt, being lucky enough to release multiple records and tour Australia and Japan and have fans all over the world, I have developed a method that helps you get to where you want to get to on the guitar and have the same “OMG I’m flying” experience I had on that fateful day.
Imagine what it would feel like to have that turnaround with your guitar playing? Imagine if you could experience such a strong breakthrough that you continue to play for the rest of your life just like me.
Thats the gift I was given, and thats what I want to pass on to all of my students and as many people as possible because we all know how awesome and important music is. Its just being able to navigate the challenges of it and the best way to do that is with someone who has been there, someone you can trust and count on to show you the way and help make it happen.
Remember, your guitar turnaround is only a moment away…