Jackson Michelson | Why You Should Play the Guitar

What words of encouragement do you have to offer for folks who are thinking of trying the guitar?

DO IT! It is a release, inspiration, freedom, and fun! There are a lot of great instruments, but the guitar is the best. You can take it all over the world with you, play around a fire, or in your room, or in front of 20,000 people. It has changed my life and even if you don’t play professionally, I promise you it will give way more back to you than you can imagine. I found hundreds of songs hiding in my guitar just waiting to be written. Constantly looking for the next one ready to come out. And yours are waiting for you!

What would your life be like now if you didn’t stick with playing the guitar / being a musician? What would you be doing if you were not a musician?
I made a promise to myself when I was in 9th grade that I wouldn’t give up on music. I prayed countless times, thanking God for opportunities, and working as hard as possible to play every show possible and write every song I was inspired to. Music has changed my life, and I can’t believe I get to wake up every day and this is my career. I’m honored & so excited to see where we get to go together.
When did you start playing the guitar, and how was the process of learning challenging and rewarding?

I first started with the trombone when I was 10, but after one lesson I realized I couldn’t play & sing at the same time… So guitar it was. I remember the days when my fingers hurt, and I felt stuck but just kept playing. Feeling stuck is temporary, and the reward is always around the corner. Learning one new thing can open so many doors that catapult creativity.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians who are trying to make it in the biz?
Work, work, work. There will always be someone more talented, with more connections & more experience. But you can control how hard you work at your craft. Put it all on the line and give it a shot. Take every show you can, even if you’re playing for four people in a run down casino in the middle of nowhere California….you are growing. The only person that can stop you is you. Try to keep a big picture view and constantly move forward. You never know who is watching and listening. Also, don’t see other artists as competition. Help and support them. There’s nothing like growing with other artists and helping each other succeed. We really are in this together.