Learning Guitar can be very different for each person as there are so many different styles of guitar music as well as many different types of guitar.
In general guitar students need to develop skill with each hand. The left hand learns how to move individual fingers around the fretboard to play notes or form chord shapes. The Right hand gets to strum or pick a variety of rhythmic patterns to bring the music alive. This is usually reversed for Left handed people who have a left hand guitar.
A well rounded guitar player usually knows their way around the individual notes on the fret board as needed to play melodies as well as how to play chords in different positions.
A TYPICAL GUITAR LESSON
The focus of Guitar lessons is always catered to each individual’s preferences and goals, however beginners do need some basic skills before restricting themselves to a particular style.
Typically a guitar lesson involves a mix of learning where and how to place left hand fingers for notes and chords, whilst also paying attention to how the right hand is producing the strumming or picking patterns. Good technique helps achieve clear and enjoyable sounds, so your teacher will always be assisting with tips and exercises on how to achieve this.
Reading Guitar Charts and traditional music notation are equally valuable skills and these can be developed concurrently or as needed for each student. In both cases learning from charts or notation makes it possible for students to become independent learners as they then have access to a whole world of notated music. We want our students to develop life long skills not just teach them how to play a couple of songs from scribbled bits of paper.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR GUITAR LESSONS
There are many different styles of Guitar available to purchase. If you don’t already have a guitar, it is worth discussing this with your teacher so they can assist you in deciding which type of guitar best suits the music you want to play and your own physical needs.
Guitars also come in a variety of sizes for children and adults. Different styles of guitar such as classical or electric have different size fret boards and differently shaped bodies that can make it easier of harder for you depending upon your age/size / finger size and strength etc.
In addition to owning your own guitar, we highly recommend you purchase a carry case to protect your instrument not just when taking it out, but also from dust and knocks at home.
You may like to use picks or plectrums, an electronic or online tuner and at some point will need to replace strings, so carrying a spare set is handy!
Lastly your teacher will work with you to choose suit music to play which may mean purchasing some music books in addition to using our free online learning resources as part of your guitar lessons.
OUR GUITAR TEACHERS
Preschool - Adult Lessons
Derrimut & Online Lessons
Preschool - Adult Lessons
Rushworth & Online Lessons