Friday, 30 September, 2011 01:45 Written by Joshua
So you want to learn guitar… I’ve been playing guitar for over 15 years and I know how frustrating it can be when you are first starting. One of the difficulties comes when trying to find the right learning resources that are needed for your individual learning style. And then for many, there are the costs involved in hiring an instructor. What I’ve found as I’ve learned and then taught others is that for some, it is important to get started with a one-on-one instructor. However, for most students, it is better to find online guitar lessons or a good course with an online community. The cost is much lower, and you can learn on your own schedule.
Monday, 04 October, 2010 09:42 Written by Joshua
If you are thinking of taking beginner guitar lessons you are in for a great adventure. The guitar is said to be easy to learn but hard to master; the beauty of the instrument is that nearly anyone can play it to entertain themselves or choose to take more guitar instruction and learn to bring joy to others. During your first guitar lesson you will learn a few basics and most likely return home able to play a simple melody and a couple of chords.
Before you start taking beginner guitar lessons it’s important to find a teacher who is a good fit with your style. If you like death metal shredding you won’t learn much from an instructor that specializes in folk music! Likewise, if you want to play classical pieces you probably don’t want guitar instruction from the ex-guitarist of your famous local punk band. Before you take that first guitar lesson, be sure that your instructor shares your musical interests and is proficient in all the nuances and developments of your chosen genre.
After you’ve chosen a teacher your first lesson might seem a bit anticlimactic but you won’t realize how much you’ve learned until you begin to practice at home! Your first guitar instruction will most likely involve learning the names of the six strings, a rudimentary introduction to intervals and the shapes of a couple of basic chords. If you’ve chosen an hour’s guitar instruction opposed to the standard thirty minutes you’ll likely leave with a beginner’s knowledge of tablature. Tablature shows a guitarist where to put their fingers to strike a note or shape a chord as opposed to standard notation.
Once you get home you’ll probably want to practice what you’ve learned right away, while it’s fresh in your mind. Your teacher may have jotted down a melody and chords for you to practice so that you can begin to learn your way around the fretboard. You’ll internalize the information and train your fine motor muscles more effectively if you have a place to practice that is free of distractions and fairly quiet.