The guitar is probably one of the easier instruments to learn for a beginner because it’s so physical and so visual. In other words one can readily see patterns, and shapes for chord forms, scale patterns, for melody lines, and riffs, which are simple repetitive melodic phrases. The truth about learning the guitar is that it’s not really rocket science, and although this is certainly not intended to insult anyone who may have encountered or is currently having difficulty in learning to play guitar.
Having the correct information and learning resources in the correct sequence is almost guaranteed to significantly accelerate the learning process, and it’s gonna be a much smoother and enjoyable ride. As my personal mentor has said on many occasions, “Half the fun is getting there!”
Beginner Guitar or Bass Lessons
The truth about learning the guitar boils down to three things;
- Having the desire to learn and improve on the instrument
- Having a genuinely qualified and experienced teacher with good resources
- Yes! You do have to practice just like any other activity. Good guitar playing will not be achieved by just wishing for it. Greater understanding of the essential basics of the guitar and music fundamentals, as well as developing physical dexterity and playing techniques will enable you to play really well.
Once you have achieved basic playing skills and knowledge of the guitar itself, it is essential to develop your ear to have recognition of various aspects of music; such as timing, rhythm, harmony, and melody so that you can learn songs with Guitar chord D, and eventually learn to compose or improvise.
Lessons for all skill levels
Here are some of the things you’ll learn as a Beginner Guitar or Bass student:
- Parts of the Guitar or Bass
- Fretboard Logic (learning the notes on the fretboard), Proper Tuning Method
- Correct Playing techniques
- Practice Schedule and Proper Practice Methods
- Basic Music Theory
- Chord forms
- Rhythms ~ right hand strumming patterns
- Songs of your choice – chords and simple melodies
- Guitars (acoustic vs. electric) or Bass
Intermediate Guitar or Bass Lessons
Intermediate students may focus on any or all of the following:
- Equipment, strings, amplifiers, signal processors/stomp boxes-effects pedals
- Filling in the gaps – Improve comprehension of basic concepts and playing techniques
- Introduce basic scale patterns
- Songs with more elaborate techniques
- Left hand techniques – Slide, vibrato, bends, release, hammer-ons, pull-offs, etc.
- Learning to improvise – Riffs, runs and licks, building a solo
- More advanced Rhythms and Grooves
- Song Repertoire
Advanced Guitar or Bass Lessons
There are basically two categories for Advanced Guitarists
- Working professional guitarists who perform/record regularly
- Recreational players/hobbyists who have achieved a high level of knowledge and playing proficiency.
Advanced players in both categories can greatly benefit by learning new and innovative approaches and concepts for improvising, playing techniques and composing.
Advanced students may focus on any or all of the following:
- Comping ( Accompaniment)
- Harmonic Analysis
- Melodic Phrasing/Motif Development
- Voice Leading
- Variable Voicing tecniques
- Innovative Approaches to Streamline Sightreading
- Solo Transcription – Record copy
- Ear Training