How to Choose the Best Guitar Teacher Specifically for You To Learn How To Play Guitar Fast and Easily… And Have More Fun!

While having a guitar teacher will help you with your progress with your guitar playing. Having the best guitar teacher for you and your requirements will excel your results and progress. As we all have different needs and interest, let’s see what are some of the key things to look for to ensure you get a guitar teacher that you can learn from long term. 

What are you really wanting from your guitar teacher?

It may be that you want to play a certain style of music or there are guitarists that you really aspire to become. These are important questions to think about when looking for your next guitar teacher. Getting a guitar teacher that can help you with specifically the style of playing will help you advance in the direction you are interested in. Even though there is a lot of information that can be used in multiple genres of music. If you are driven to learn jazz, going to a metal player may not get you there as quickly as a jazz specialist. Likewise if you are wanting to learn how to sweep pick at 1000 notes per minute, going to a finger picking acoustic guitar teacher won’t help you as much.

Most teachers will likely be stronger in some areas than others. One of the key areas for beginners is that some teachers are a lot more practised at getting beginners past their initial levels compared to some teachers. So when you are researching your guitar teacher, see what they are offering or go meet them to make sure they can meet what are you are looking for.

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How much do guitar lessons cost from the guitar teacher?

This is a question that is commonly asked, even if you are a parent looking for a teacher for your child. Like a lot of things, you really do get what you pay for. Generally, guitar teachers who are cheaper are less experienced and therefore cannot get you the same results as quickly as someone who may charge a bit more but actually gets you the same results more quickly and effectively. So for example, you may be with an average teacher for 5 years and get the same result that a great teacher could get you in a year. Therefore, in the long run, you actually save money and time going for a slightly more expensive guitar teacher who can get you better results faster and probably in a more enjoyable way of learning. 

Can you picture your guitar teacher coaching you?

Do you think you can trust and respect your guitar teacher? To the point that you will do exactly what he says? Do you believe that what he is telling you to do is what you should be doing?

The problem comes when you are having to second guess instructions that your guitar teacher tells you. If you are researching and double checking what your guitar teacher has taught you. This can really slow down your progress and hinder your progress on the guitar. The better you can follow the instruction that your guitar teacher (as long as they are a good guitar teacher), the better your results will do. The reason why you got a guitar teacher is to save you time, and so making sure you get a teacher that you can trust so you don’t waste time researching is vital to your success in guitar playing.

Is your guitar teacher teaching you how to practise the guitar?

Practising properly will make so much difference to your result and progress on the guitar. However, a lot of guitar teachers either don’t provide any instructions for how to practise the new content that you’ve learnt, or how to actually practise effectively. This would be definitely to look out for in your guitar lessons. Are they giving you instructions for what to work on that week? Are they providing instructions on what practising should look like?

There are a lot of great teachers out there will teach you how to practise properly so you get the best results and learning out of your lessons. As you generally spend more time playing the guitar on your own, it’s important that you know how to use that time effectively.

Have they got other student’s playing results to show you?

One of the things that people do when they look for a guitar teacher is looking for someone who is a great guitar player. There are several problems with this premise and is that being a good or even a great guitarist does not translate into being a great teacher. They know why things may work for them, but everyone is different and have different challenges. You want someone who knows how to teach guitar and knows how to help you overcome these challenges. Also, advanced guitar players may have forgotten what it’s like to be a beginner, so unless they have a lot of experience with beginners, it’s easy for them to forgot all the little problems to solve when you are starting to play the guitar.

Now as a beginner, it is harder to spot what makes a great musician. It is very common. Once musicians get past a certain level, you also need to be experienced to judge their musicianship. Of course, it’s very fast to get to that stage once you have a great guitar teacher helping you progress.

Meeting your potential teacher when you are researching

As we spoke about, it’s important that you trust and are confident in whoever is going to be teaching you. Therefore, meeting them beforehand is a great way of ensuring that you are comfortable with you. Arrange to meet them preferably on a one-to-one basis and find out if he can help you with what you are looking for.

More guitar tricks for beginner guitar players

In this part of the series, we are going to look at some of the challenges beginner guitar players have with their chords and strumming and on top of that look at how you can be practising your songs more efficiently so you can get more progress in less time.

How to make your chords sound better

It is very common for beginner guitar players to struggle to get their chords to sound “good”.  One of the problems they get with their chord playing is this buzzy sound. If this is something you get when you play your chords, then look at how we can resolve that.

What often happens is they get their chord shape with their fingers perfectly, and when they press down, the strings are not in contact with the fretboard hard enough. Which is what produces this sound. Now to resolve it, you can either press the strings down harder, which would be more work. Or you can try to get your fingers closer to the fret lines. This means you don’t have to put as much pressure down but you will still get a cleaner sound.

So like the image below, try to get your fingers just behind the fret lines and play. See how little pressure you can use to produce a clear sound from your chords.

Getting your strumming to sound better

We are going to look at why some beginner guitar players get this blocky-like sound when they strum. When they go up and down the guitar, it’s a strum one way and then the other. If you get this too then read on.

First of all, you need to stop thinking about your strumming hand as turning on or off a switch when you strum. Try to picture your strumming hand as a paintbrush that can vary it’s pressure and stroke to make more interesting lines on a canvas.

Try this, when you strum down, play the top three strings (4-6) slowly and then carry on through faster through the last three strings (3-1) .

When you get comfortable with that, repeat for strumming upwards as well. Going through the top strings (1-3) slowly and then quickly through the bottom three strings (4-6).

Can you hear how much more interesting this sounds already? Now try doing it up and down together.

Once you get the hang of it, try doing this with any strumming patterns that you have. It should make your strumming now more melodic, delicate and interesting.

Practising songs in a more effective way

I see a lot of beginners do this when they first practise songs, when they go through a song and they hit a mistake. They will either just carry on through or go straight back to the beginning of the song, verse or line.

 

Doing this can waste a lot of time when your mistake is at a very precise point of your playing. So let’s try to just practise correcting that mistake.

When you are practising at home, and practising through a song. Whenever you hit a mistake, try to only go to the beginner of the mistake and repeat it 20 times.

For example: for a chord change: A, E, G, D, C, G.

If you always struggle going from G to D, then just repeat going from one to the other 20 times. And then try going through the song again.

It may make your practising sound a lot less fun, but it will make your practising a lot more efficient as you are tackling your weak spot.

When you hit your next mistake, repeat this again. You will be saving yourself minutes today practising this way and hours over the next few weeks so solving the tiny bits that is holding you back from playing the song.

I hope that we have helped you solve some problems you may have been having with your guitar playing. There are lots of small things that when solved really help your guitar playing to get better.

Do You Want to Get Better At Guitar?

If you are interested in how to get better at the guitar through a fun and enjoyable way and reduce the amount of guesswork you are having to do with what you should do next to improve.

Then contact us, we are based in London and we are here to help you get the ability to play the things you really want to play and do the things you really want to be able to do with the guitar. Whether it’s jamming, playing with other people or performing. Even song writing. We want to help you achieve these things.

Click on the button below to take you through to our contact form so we can find out a little bit more about you, and because we are so sure we can help you, we even give you a free assessment lesson so we can find out what it is that you really want to do and how we can help.

 

 

 

Are You Struggling With Learning Guitar From YouTube or Books? Find Out Why:

The idea of learning guitar has attracted many to learn from their bedroom from the mass amount of resources on the internet, apps, games. However, many people are giving up soon after they start, or make little progress and end up frustrated. In this article we explore some of the reasons why this might be and why it may suit you better to learn directly from a guitar teacher.

A lack of feedback for your guitar playing

When you are learning the guitar, often learning new techniques isn’t as simple as just following some instructions. There are a lot of muscles and motion involved in your body. It is not always easy to know what you are doing yourself. So when something doesn’t feel or sound great, it’s useful to have feedback straight away to know what you are doing wrong so you can correct it. This is often lacking in online guitar lessons. Often you struggle because you are unsure of what you are doing, and become hesitate at practising it, and then get frustrated at your progress.

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Is the teacher or the material you are looking at right for you?   

There are so many teachers out there, how do you know who is worth listening to? There are a lot of good teachers and a lot of bad ones. So it becomes difficult and can be strenuous process trying to find a teacher that you think you want to watch videos from.

Then how are you sure that the material you are watching is the right level for where you are at? Often you get to pick the material you need, but it’s hard to determine for yourself what is useful, what you should learn first, how you build on it, how you should practise it. So many students come to us from trying to learn online with lots of gaps in their knowledge.

There isn’t someone holding you accountable

It can be a struggle to motivate yourself to practise during the week or when times are busy, or you aren’t feeling well. When you meet a teacher face to face, you have someone motivating you to encourage you to practise and to progress. They can help you with any problems you may be having as well to help you get back on track. This is the biggest reason that most people love having a teacher, is someone who is there to challenge them and help them improve their guitar playing through going to guitar lessons.

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Only general information is provided

Often online guitar lessons provide very general information for the general guitar player. It doesn’t provide focus nor information that is specific to your needs, wants, and challenges.

Just like a car, you need specific information for your engine, your tyres, your exhaust. General car knowledge wouldn’t help you if your tyre has blown and you need to replace it. This is the same with your playing. You need specific information for you. This way you actually progress quickly towards what you want to do on the guitar.

Getting answers to questions you have

Besides getting feedback on your playing and what your playing is like. You may also have additional questions regarding your playing or about the guitar. Some of these questions you might not even know how to describe and may be physical questions that you need to show someone. This tend to be very difficult to do with online lessons. Whereas having someone there that you can ask and someone whom you can rely on will help you improve your understanding and playing of the guitar a lot faster and easier.

Become a great bedroom guitar player only

Perhaps you only want to play in your bedroom, or on camera. Online guitar lessons tend to get you good at playing in your bedroom only. If you want to play with other people or in front of people, then you definitely need to get out there. Learn how musicians communicate with other, how to count each other in. Little things that make all the difference to your confidence and will help you become a more rounded player.

Hopefully this guide has given you some ideas of why you may be struggling with learning the guitar online. Finding a great guitar teacher will help you solve a lot of the problems and frustrations you are having.

What Should I Do Now To Improve My Guitar Playing? 

If any of the above applies to you and you are based in East London, then get in contact to see how we can help you transform your playing! Click on the button below for your free assessment lesson where we can see where you are with your guitar playing and how we can help you improve your guitar playing and understanding.