Five Tips To Get The Most From Your Guitar Lessons

Starting out with your first few guitar lessons can be a daunting task, and if you’re expecting to become a rock legend overnight your way off the mark.  Of course that doesn’t mean you can progress quickly if you’re determined to work on your fundamental skills…with these five top tips for getting the most out of your lessons, you’ll be showing off to your friends in no time.

1. Find A Good Tutor – goes without saying.  If you want to progress with the guitar, or any other instrument, you need to make sure you’re working with a tutor that has the expertise and qualifications to help you improve.  There are too many fly-by-night, self-professed guitar tutors that in actual fact aren’t really suited to the job – look for recommendations from friends and family that play, or ask in your local music shop for advice.  Whatever you do, make sure your tutor is RGT registered and has a full Enhanced Disclosure check before paying them a penny.

2. Practice Makes Perfect – it’s only a cliche because it’s true.  If you want to get good at anything, you’re going to have to practice, to refine your skills and improve your confidence.  Don’t treat it as a chore – practice when you feel like practicing, but just make sure you spend time most days working on the materials your tutor issued.  You’ll never be a good guitarist unless you take the initiative to make yourself a good guitarist.

3. Listen To Other Guitarists – treat listening to music as part of the learning process – kind of like homework, but more fun.  Listening and learning from the greats is crucial to helping you understand the bigger picture, and how things come together.  Grab copies of other celebrated guitarists and listen to what they do and how it sounds.  Whether you’re learning rock or classical, there’s plenty to be gained from listening to world-class musicians.

4. Ask Questions – ask your tutor questions constantly.  If there’s anything you feel you need practice with or struggle with, say to your tutor and ask him or her to focus on that side of your playing.  Whether its reading music, tab, technique or you’re just wondering how to play a certain riff, don’t be afraid to ask your tutor.  The worst that can happen is you might learn something!

5. Push Yourself – often, face-time with your tutor is limited.  This means it’s important to take your own initiative and push yourself in the time you’re not spending one-to-one with your tutor.  OK, so your fingers hurt.  OK, so you’re finding it tough.  But if you don’t push yourself constantly beyond your current ability, you’ll never progress.  Look ahead in your books or try to play more complex songs and fingering exercises.  The more you push the envelope, the more you’re going to improve, and the less time it’s going to take you to do it.

We hope that’s been helpful – for more information or to book Edinburgh guitar lessons, feel free to get in touch.

EML.

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