How Is A Good Guitar Lesson? What Do I Have To Look For?
There is a guitar lesson for each of the specific
aspects any modern guitarist should work with
Guitar lessons are usually prepared by experienced musicians. They are guitarists with an extraordinary passion for teaching, who already know what works and what doesn't get you anywhere. Here are some of the TOPICS where good guitar lessons are often extremely useful:
- To KNOW THE GUITAR and have an idea about the role that each of its parts carry out in generating NOTES AND SOUNDS, and learning some simple tips to keep the guitar always in good condition and ready for action, otherwise you will not be so willing to play.
- To learn the right way to HOLD THE GUITAR, which should remain in a stable position in which its weight is properly balanced and it's not a complication to hold it in place and close to both hands.
- To learn to KEEP A GOOD POSTURE that allows you to play with ease and to breathe normally; be comfortable enough to play for a while, but not so comfortable as to get so relaxed and getting too lazy or sleepy and losing FOCUS...There are many bad habits that are generated by a bad posture. You first need to learn how to play the guitar while you're sitting - for home practicing and recording, and then while you're standing ... to rehearse with your band and play live.
- To learn to TUNE YOUR GUITAR WITH AN ELECTRONIC TUNER. There is a remarkable difference between playing with a well-tuned guitar and one that is not ... Moreover, playing in tune will be of great help to educate your musical ear and later ear training - which at some point will allow you to tune your guitar without using a tuner and then make it possible for you to learn to play songs by ear.
- To USE THE RIGHT HAND palm and fingers - over the guitar body and bridge ... It is the percussion hand, the rhythmic hand. You need to decide if you are going to play with a pick (there are various gauges, styles and materials) or without it (using more traditional styles or techniques - classical or flamenco guitar? do you like to play arpeggios?) ... Or you could be more ambitious and want to play combining both techniques ... yes you can, but it might take a while ... the healthier thing would be to start working on one of the two and your choice will depend on the style you have in mind. Although mastering the right hand is AS important as mastering the left hand, many guitarists and instructors do not give it due importance ... keep an eye on that.
- To USE THE LEFT HAND on the fingerboard and neck. The left hand fingers are the ones that actually perform the notes to form chords or play melodies and solos. For sure, it will be very easy to find guitar lessons containing the practicing material necessary for any degree of difficulty, and EXERCISES that allow you to understand and DEVELOP the many different techniques available ... we must be cautious when choosing what to play because you could find super difficult parts to play that can be disheartening even for those who are at advanced levels. Take it easy, there is no rush, and there will be a time to try it all ... that's up to you.
- To know how to make the strings sound individually and to learn to PLAY CHORDS ... we must begin with knowing the names and positions of the individual notes on the fingerboard, and memorizing and practicing the basic major and minor chords. At first, it is very difficult to make a chord sound good - especially when the guitar is out of tune, when it doesn't have low action, when the strings are in poor condition, when you have not yet developed enough strength in your fingers. In this moment you only need to deal with keeping the guitar in good condition and be sure to persist even if it hurts a little.
- To know how to READ GUITAR TABS or at least being familiar with them ... So you can quickly start playing your favorite songs. There are literally HUNDREDS of thousands of tablatures over the Internet and you can find almost any song ... So, start with the easiest ones you already know and only with those that you can play using the techniques you're familiar with or currently working at. Play them to death, repetition strengthens your hands and muscle memory.
- To READ AND WRITE SHEET MUSIC in order to have access to details that can't be included in guitar tablatures ... and being able to read or write melodies, phrases, solos, arrangements. Diving into the individual ingredients and enriching your knowledge of music theory at the same time...bit by bit, I think the efforts to learn to read tablatures at first sight would be enough to get started.
- ARTISTIC SKILLS to improvise, attitude to create, mental fluency to write songs, the ability to play in a group (to play with other musicians, in a band)...are all some of the skills you will discover and develop in the way up, and that will be increasingly necessary to carry out any serious musical project . Although I doubt there is a guitar lesson that is able to teach you to do this kind of things in detail, there are some methods that can provide guidance.
Take Your Learning To Hypervelocity, Get A GOOD Guitar Method
A serious method could really be of a great help. You have to learn stuff going from the easiest to the most complicated things to be able to understand everything that comes to you, and feel no frustration with topics that you find difficult to assimilate or with moving forward too slowly. A tutor or a GOOD GUITAR METHOD would definitely be very helpful to organize your thoughts before what appears to be a hard task to be accomplished ... which actually is not, the hard part is making the decision to start doing it as it should be done.
By now, I hope you have clearly stated your goal and have a DETAILED PLAN of what you have to do in the short and medium term ... for the long term, it should be better defined on the way - under the light of wisdom that experience will be giving you away, don't close your mind to new options as they arise.
Your plan should have clear goals for specific periods of time, which you should be able to quantify in some way ... so you can measure your progress and know which part of your plan you are in. You must be aware of how far along you are and know very well the map you are traveling across. You could get distracted, lost, and strayed from the main plan - which is not necessarily bad ... but your goals may take a bit longer to arrive or you may have to re-define your GOAL and adjust your plan to go to a new destination.
Play Guitar To Be Happy
And if you don't end up being a professional musician, and if you are lucky, the experience of learning to PLAY an INSTRUMENT is something that might accompany you for a LIFETIME.
It is great for health and one of the best stress relieving activities (like sleeping or laughing ... things that also come into the guitar case). Playing an instrument raises your well-being rates, your self-esteem, and you have a better social interaction because you're also meeting with other musicians ... And as you feel good with your PROGRESS and with the praise of the people who listen to you (if you did your homework with dedication) ... that gives you more self confidence...and all that helps you become a better musician and shine more as a human being.
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