The answer is yes. You have the ability inside you. No, the ability to play music is not some sort of spiritual, magical, or ethereal gift or talent that is given out randomly to people at birth. Did somebody tell you that you’re no good at music? They were wrong, and I will help you prove them wrong. The truth is that like all things, the ability to play guitar is a learned skill.
All you need is the proper dedication and application, and I’ll guide you through the rest. Imagine it you’ll be playing in front of your family and friends, the song will end and they’ll all clap and cheer for you. How good will that feel? Picture it now, because it’s going to happen.
Dedication and commitment is all you need. We’ll get into the specifics over the coming emails, but right now what I need you to do is reframe your current perspective; understand that the ability to play guitar is learnable and that if you put in the work, you will learn it. I usually took a little vacation from guitar lessons to have a Yoga On A Stand-Up Paddleboard as it really helped me with concentration.
Are you too old to start? Definitely not. In fact, as an adult there are many advantages that you have over younger people: You already know a lot about music from a lifetime of listening to it. You know what you like, the genres and songs you love and want to learn. You know about song forms like verse, chorus, etc. You may not know the terms for everything, but you will have heard melodies and harmonies before. Moreover, you’ll be able to identify these components of music and many more once they’re explained to you.
You have developed the skill of self-discipline. As an adult you’ve learnt how to do things that require effort and work. As a professional you’ve mastered studying and learning skills to achieve your qualification. These personal skills are essential in learning the guitar and, unlike with children, they don’t need to be developed within you from scratch.
You already know that hard work gets results and that skills and knowledge are developed through regular practice and application. Seriously, you got this. You’re self-motivated. No one is forcing you to do this. You’re an adult; you’re doing this because you want to. Unlike many younger people coerced into taking music classes for a variety of reasons, you’’re doing this as a result of a conscious decision or choice. Playing music reduces stress. Children don’t face the same work/life pressures as adults. As an adult, playing music has been proven to relax and relieve stress.
Not only are you doing something fun, but it will improve/preserve your personal well-being. Why choose me? For one, I’ve made all the mistakes on my 30 year guitar journey that’s right, 30 years I’ve been playing guitar and I can save you years and years of wasted time by showing you the right way to do things, so you won’t have to fumble around in the dark like I did.
An active performer as well, I’m in a cover band that plays regularly in my town. I’ve developed the skill to be able to play any song I want and create my own music. On top of that, I’m a qualified instructor and have worked as a teacher for the last seventeen years. I know how to teach, and I know music. I have a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Education.
There’’s a big difference between being a great guitar player and being a great guitar teacher, and you will benefit from my unique blend of teaching and guitar playing experience via my expertly designed materials and courses. But enough about me, I’m here to help you.
What are your guitar goals? What are your reasons for wanting to achieve these?I will respond to every email. Is your goal to be able to play your favourite songs? Is it to be able to perform something in public? Is it to be able to create your own spine-tingling solos and shred notes like a guitar beast? Do you want to make mellow acoustic grooves and write your own songs? In an ideal world, what would you like to be able to do with music? Let me know right now. I can’t wait to help you get started.
What do I need to get started?
The most common response I get from busy adults is that they are looking for a creative outlet in their lives, a new skill they can practice at home.
Something that can help them relax and a hobby that they can share with their friends and family. Let me assure you, in learning the guitar, you can achieve all of these things.
These are fantastic goals to have in mind, and while they might seem a long way off right now, they are very much achievable.
Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; before we learn to walk we must learn to crawl, etc. We’ll take it slow and make sure we enjoy the learning process.
Music is a neverending journey, and people have spent their whole lives developing their skills and knowledge. One of the benefits of learning guitar is that it is a hobby that can sustain you over the course of many years.
To begin, you’re going to need one item: a guitar. What type of guitar should I buy? There are many types of guitars out in the market and they abound in large numbers.
One of the most confusing choices for a beginning guitarist is what type to buy. It’s also one of the most important choices; guitars aren’t cheap, and if you buy the wrong one for you, it will limit your guitar journey. When I was ten and first starting to learn guitar, my parents bought me a cheap, nylon classical guitar.
As grateful as I was, it hurt my hands to play, and though it got me started, it wasn’t the electric guitar that I always wanted. I gave up guitar between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one simply because I didn’t like the guitar I had.
At twenty-one, I finally had enough money to buy my own electric guitar (which I still play to this day). Don’t make the mistake I did. Get the right guitar for you the first time. New or used? You can purchase a great guitar secondhand through sites such as eBay and Craig’s List or at traditional brick-and-mortar stores in your town, potentially saving yourself a lot of money.
However, in order to achieve a good outcome buying used, you’ll need to put in some research and find out exactly what represents good value. As a beginner, it’s possible that you may overpay or purchase a faulty item without noticing it. If you have a knowledgeable family member or friend or you really like doing the research, then I recommend buying used.
Otherwise you should purchase a new guitar from a reputable dealer. A good dealer will be able to provide you with a great guitar in playing condition and will fix any problems quickly and easily allowing you to concentrate on the fun stuff of playing and learning. How much should I pay for my first guitar? To begin, I recommend buying a moderately priced guitar, not the cheapest or the most expensive. In my opinion, the biggest problem with a cheap guitar (0-$250 USD) is that they are hard to play and don’t stay in tune very well. First and foremost, your guitar needs to hold its tune; you don’’t want to sound like a screeching cat! When I talk about a guitar holding its tune, I’m talking about two things. Firstly, all guitars need to be tuned regularly, every time you play them. Each string on the guitar is wound to produce a certain musical note. Over time, each string will naturally tighten or slacken depending on various factors such as the temperature of the room and how they have been played. This is a normal part of playing the guitar. Cheaper guitars, however, will need to be re-tuned more often as the build materials are of a lesser (cheaper) quality. Secondly, there are twelve musical notes and they appear at six locations between the start of the guitar and the twelfth fret (don’t worry if you don’t know what the frets are at this stage I’’ll teach you later). You need each note to be in tune at each location. For example, you need the note ‘A’ to be perfectly in tune with all those other A’’s on the guitar so that they sound the same pitch. What can happen with cheaper guitars (again because of the lesser materials and less time spent on the build quality) is that some of those A’s will be perfectly tuned A’s, and some will be halfway between an ‘A’ and a ‘B’.
You don’t want this situation as it will make you sound bad, as some of your notes will always be out of tune. Having all of your notes sounding the same across the guitar is called intonation. In general, cheap guitars don’t have good intonation. In my opinion, the other aspect that makes cheaper guitars undesirable to purchase is that they are harder to play. When you make a cheaper guitar you use lower quality resources (time and materials).
This affects how a guitar ‘feels’ in your hands. A guitar should feel comfortable and be pleasant to hold. Generally, on a cheaper guitar, the distance between the strings and the wood below them (the fretboard) is greater. This also makes them less comfortable to play as it requires more strength to hold down the strings.
You don’t want this. As a beginner, you want to feel as comfortable as possible when playing your guitar; having strings that are lower and closer to the fretboard will make it easier (and thus, more enjoyable) for you to play and learn the guitar. If money is no object, go ahead and buy an expensive guitar ($700+ USD). They are things of beauty, are extremely comfortable, and hold their tuning and intonation the best.
They are also made of the best quality materials and will last the longest. They are a good investment, and you won’t lose a lot of money on them if you ever need to resell it. At some point you start paying for the aesthetics with expensive guitars, as they are no ways to improve the functional aspects.
For example, the artwork on them gets more elaborate as they get more expensive, but this doesn’t affect how they sound. To conclude, I recommend you buy a brand new, moderately priced guitar (between $250-700 USD).
This will give you a great blend of performance and value. Already have a guitar? One that was given to you or a family guitar that you’re happy with? Great! By all means, use that. I’d still go to the guitar store and check a few out anyway to make sure you’ve got the guitar for you, but we’ll talk about what to look for later. Next, I’ll talk about the two main types of guitars (acoustic and electric) and their sub variants in a bid to help you understand their different purposes. I’ll help you choose the instrument that is right for you.