New learners will go
through a tried and trusted route as follows:
Learn 5 chords.
Start by strumming only down strokes.
Learn to change between the chords.
Introduce up strokes.
Learn any number of songs that contain two or
three chords. Remember countless well known songs are written with 4 chords or less.
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.
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
What do you need?
Well a guitar is always handy. If you haven’t
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.
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
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
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.