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Connecting Online Through Guitar

It has never been so easy to become part of a community if you are interested in something new. The existence of the internet has provided infinite opportunities to connect over all kinds of things. Some people find friends when fangirling about some cheesy tv-show, others connect through gaming and if you want to share your musical skills it is very easy to find like-minded people on Instagram or YouTube. Even if you don’t like to be in the spotlights of social media, you can be part of the music community just by surrounding yourself virtually with artists that are active and post videos themselves, while you yourself can be a passive listener. This is something that most of us probably do, although not everyone would necessarily call it a community. But a community is not predefined; it is about the feeling that you are part of something bigger. And that is something that you can define for yourself.
That is how I am part of the online community of music, specifically of guitar. Even though I do not actively contribute to it, surrounding myself with likeminded people online is what makes it a community for me. Internet communities like these in general can provide so much benefits and can have a very positive effect on your life. Especially during the corona-times that we live in, and you are not able to connect as much in person as you would want – you can find it online. Plus, everyone could use some extra positivity in these hard times.
If you want to learn how to play the guitar or improve your skills, there are so many helpful lessons on YouTube or even Instagram. And, these are very student-proof; it is free. Something that I use all the time, is the fact that there are so many tutorials of specific songs on YouTube – in different degrees of difficulties. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, there are so many people on the internet sharing their skills and knowledge, that you can always learn something.
The same goes for genres; there is something for everybody. The different genres can also be seen as a kind of subcommunities, which makes it even easier to connect over music, with likeminded people. Whether you like Blues, Rock, Funk, Jazz or anything else – the possibilities are endless.
What I think is the by far the best feature of these internet communities, is that they provide a platform for everyone who wants to show their talent. People are overwhelmingly supportive of each other, because almost everyone is an enthusiast. There might even be people leaving tips in the comment sections to help you improve – I have seen it happen. But, if you are not that interested in the platform, but rather enjoying the music, then watching covers of well-known songs (or originals, even) is a more passive way to still feel a connection with the community. Even if you do not want to play the guitar, but just enjoy the music, the openness of the community allows a place for everyone. That is the beauty of it.
The online community of guitar on YouTube and Instagram can provide so much inspiration, give new insights or simply entertain – which goes for internet communities in general. They are so accessible and open that it is really easy to tune in and surround yourself with some positivity and inspiration – I would recommend it to everyone. 


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