Should You Learn Guitar From a Teacher?

Should You Learn Guitar From a Teacher?

Here’s a familiar scenario. 

Just like how many ways there are to learn the guitar, there are also many things to learn. So you got lost and stuck in a rut. Now you’re thinking of taking lessons from a guitar teacher. 

Is it worth your investment, or are there any alternatives? Well, here’s a look at the answer for that questions. 

You can learn guitar by yourself… or so you thought. Don’t worry, I also thought I actually learned guitar by myself. But the truth is, you learn from somebody, whether you like it or not. 

Can You Learn Without the Help of Somebody? 

No, you can’t. If you have heard one song in your life and you used it for motivation, then you’ve already learned from someone. Whether it’s by book, videos, or online resources, you are being taught by the experience of other guitarists. 

A Look at One You Should Learn 

There are many things you can learn, but you will need someone’s help. In fact, if you’re reading this blog post now, you’re getting my help. 

However, that doesn’t make it impossible for you to learn by yourself. Some things you can work on while learning on your own are: 

  • Guitar terminologies 
  • Taking care of your guitar 
  • Proper way to hold the guitar 
  • Different fretting and picking technique 
  • Tuning your guitar the right way 
  • Know your chords 
  • Learn about the fretboard 
  • Playing songs 

A Guitar Teacher 

It can be difficult at first, but learning from a guitar teacher can yield to better results. Although you can learn by yourself, having a guitar teacher will make it easier for you. 

So at least consider this choice if you are stuck in a rut and you can’t get out by yourself. 

If you can’t help yourself, then no one can help you. You should have more confidence. That way, learning on your own can be easier. 

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Common Guitar Mistakes Made by Both Beginners and Expert

Common Guitar Mistakes Made by Both Beginners and Expert

Some mistakes can damage your guitar playing experience. In fact, many guitarists nowadays make mistakes more often. After all, how can you stop making mistakes if you don’t know what they are? 

So here’s a look at some of the mistakes you might be doing right now that are hindering your ability to learn how to play guitar. 

Not Taking Time With Practical Application 

I have been seeing a lot of guitar players that are making this mistake. While they are gaining a lot of knowledge, they are not applying it. 

When it comes to guitar playing, it all boils down to muscle memory. If you don’t practice the things you learn, it will be useless. 

You Haven’t Set Any Goals 

If I ask you now if you have set your goals regarding playing the guitar, is your answer yes? 

Most often than not, the only goal you have is to simply play the guitar, nothing more, nothing less. 

Having goals can push you to do more of what you’re capable of. If you’ve set a goal of playing a song the next day, you will work as hard as you can to make that possible. 

You Spend Too Much Time With Playing 

Instead of learning about barre chords, you enjoy open position chords more. This is natural because you sound good with it. We’ve all been there. 

You are enjoying playing the guitar too much that you can’t seem to stop. Instead of practicing, you’re spending time on things you already know and good at. 

Although I don’t disapprove of this, make sure you take it to the minimal. If you can’t, it will get in the way of reaching your goals. 

Strumming Down Strokes With Your Elbow 

This is a very, very common mistake made by both beginner and experienced players. You’re only using the motion of your elbow with down strokes. 

So how is that a mistake? Well, there are two reasons. 

Using only the elbow will cause fatigue without even playing too much. This is because you are putting too much force in strumming. I recommend using your wrist instead so you don’t have to put much effort. 

Not Muting Any Strings 

There are many songs that require you to mute some strings. However, if you don’t make effort in muting any strings, the sound that should have been very good will end up bad. 

Well, it’s not that easy to master the muting of strings. If you’re going to learn how to play the guitar, make sure you learn how to do this first. 

You’re Not Using the Tips of Your Fingers 

In fact, many people will notice that the sound is unclear and buzzy. If you’re not sure why, it’s because the tip of your fingers should be used to make the chords. 

Take note, however, that you don’t necessarily need to use the very tip of your fingers and put much effort into it. You should just relax your fingers. The tip will naturally hit the strings. 

There you have it, the six mistakes many guitar players are making. But take note that there are many more mistakes that you can make. 

If you think your playing is not sounding like what you expect, feel free to ask me for advice. 

A Complete Checklist for Learning Guitar

A Complete Checklist for Learning Guitar

Learning how to play the guitar can be challenging, that is if you don’t know the proper way of doing it. Although many people suggest different ways to learn, there’s one solution that can help every student. 

To begin with, you should have a checklist of what to learn first. That way, you won’t get lost when learning how to play the guitar. 

So here’s our complete checklist to learning guitar. 

Reading Music 

You should first learn how to read music. You will need this if you’re going to learn guitar or any instrument for that matter. It’s not complicated, so don’t worry. 

Open Position 

The first 3 frets of each string or what is called an open position is very important. Try to learn the open position of each string first, then keep expanding. 

Open Position Chords 

These are chords that use the open position. If you’re going to learn about this, don’t take too much at once. I suggest 3 open position chords at a time. 

Music Theory 

I’m sure you’ve heard of music theory. While you may think it’s not needed, it actually is. It can expand your perspective in the guitar training process. 

Strumming 

Strumming is also another common term. As a beginner, you should first learn to strum after knowing the chords. Just practice your rhythms until you get the hang of it. 

Tuning 

In the early stages of learning guitar, there are automatic tuners. However, you should still know how to tune by ear. Who knows when your electric tuner will break, right? 

Barre Chords 

Unlike open position chords, barre chords use all frets. Learn every voicing, from major to minor, and the chords for all strings. 

Pentatonic Scales 

Many might suggest that you learn major scales first, but learning pentatonic scales is more beneficial. Don’t master it all at once, though. Take it slowly. 

Major Scales 

Then after the pentatonic scales, next is major scales. Just like pentatonic scales, you should take it slowly or else you’ll forget some essential parts. 

Minor Scales 

The last of the scales, minor scales. This will be similar to the major scales, and your aim for learning this is to polish your skills. 

Tertian Extended Chords 

The third type of chords you’d need to learn are the extended chords. These will be different from the first two, barre and open position. But make sure to take it slow in this one, too. 

Playing in Position 

This is called position playing and it refers to the ability to perform melodies higher than open position. If you already mastered the lessons above, then this will be a piece of cake. 

Conclusion

The goal of this blog post is not to teach you how to play the guitar, but what you should be learning. This is because music should be studied cumulatively. The more lessons you take, the easier it is to learn.  

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