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Keep it simple

New learners will go through a tried and trusted route as follows:

1                     Learn 5 chords.

2                     Start by strumming only down strokes.

3                     Learn to change between the chords.

4                     Introduce up strokes.

5                     Learn any number of songs that contain two or three chords. Remember countless well known songs are written with 4 chords or less.

6                     As the lessons progress we can move on to other techniques. For professional musicians learning an instrument is something they do over a lifetime - there is always another technique or level of theory to accomplish or understand.

7                     At all times go at your own pace This is supposed to be fun.

 I play along with the student until their confidence and technique reaches a level where they might want to 'break free'

What do you need?

1                     Well a guitar is always handy. If you havent got one then speak to me before buying. Guitars vary in sizes, width of the neck etc. I have been buying equipment for 40 years and have a good idea of how I can help.

2                     You will need a tuner. I use and recommend Snark SN5 digital tuners because they are so visual and good for everybody including newbies.

Snark SN5 Link

3                     Finally a Capo - I use Planet Waves NS Capo. This allows me to move chords all over the neck while the student concentrates on the 5 first chord shapes he / she learns.

Planet Waves NS Capo

I keep both tuners and capos in stock which I sell at cost if you decide to take lessons.


I can't control this bit, it's down to you. If you wanted to learn to drive a car and were only prepared to practice driving for 5 or 10 minutes a week then how long would it take to learn to drive? OK cars and guitars are different. However when I taught both my children to drive. I took them out for an hour every other day sometimes more. They both passed their tests within 3 months.

The key was that they both really wanted to learn to drive.

I would hope that anyone wanting to learn the guitar would want to pick it up for at least 10 15 minutes 2 3 times a week. More if they wanted to progress quickly.

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