How To Easily Predict Your Success On Guitar

First, let’s define success on guitar. Success to me is practicing 5 to 7 days a week with a record of doing it for at least 254 days which I will explain below. The practice must be quality practice, not simply noodling or doing what you can already do. You should be working on challenging…

Here Are 3 Reasons Why You Will Want To Learn In A Group

  There is a common belief that one on one private lessons are better than group lessons. This is based on the idea that teaching several students at one time means each student gets less attention. Such logic is not based on  evidence but is instead, just assumed. The fact is the evidence as I discovered, is…

Why do the most successful guitar students expect to fail?

But hang on a minute. Aren’t successful people positive thinkers? Weren’t we told that self fulfilling prophecies determined our outcomes? Well it turns out that a sign of a successful person is someone who is usually quietly expecting to fail. They don’t want to fail of course and its certainly not their plan to fail…

Guitar Terms Infographic For Beginners

Mastering guitar isn’t just about learning how to fingerpick and memorise chords. You will also need to learn the language, and that means new vocabulary and terminology. To make sure you don’t get confused, TakeLessons teacher Matt K. put together this list of essential guitar terms to get you started. Keep this infographic handy (in your room…

Learn Guitar In 1/2 The Time

When it comes to learning a new skill we are often told that repetition is the optimal choice. After all it seems to make sense. If I want to learn a new chord on guitar I keep doing that same chord again and again, until it becomes instinctive. This does work of course but, according…

Are Your Friends Helping You To Succeed On Guitar

The people around you are influencing you whether you are aware of it or not. Your success or failure on guitar may very well come down to the people you associate with. Social influence is all around us everyday and not just from friends. Whoever surrounds us will influence us. Studies have shown that obesity…

Choosing Your First Guitar Amp

Getting a new guitar amplifier is an exciting time for a guitarist, getting a chance to stroll through the music shops, spend time reviewing amps online and talking to other guitarists about amps will all help with your final decision. Knowing what to look for can be a challenge for the first-time buyer so I…

3 Easy Ways To Mentally Prepare For Guitar Practice

Not all guitar practice is equal. On one end of the scale we have totally distracted and on the other we have flow. To be in a flow state means to be performing almost effortlessly and with near perfection. I think everyone has experienced flow at one time or another in some area of their…

5 Facts Beginner Guitar Students Need To Know To Succeed

Here are 5 facts I wish I had known when I started guitar. I hope they make your journey a little smoother. Guitar is easy to learn but difficult to master In one lesson I could teach you to play the following 5 chords. C, A minor, G, E minor & D. These chords are…

Why Average Guitar Students Quit

I would guess that around 80% of guitar students have very modest goals. At least in the beginning. I know this from many years of teaching and working with hundreds of guitar teachers. The scenario usually goes like this. Me: “How much are you willing to practice each day to reach your goals?” Student: “I…

5 Ways To Optimise Your Guitar Practice

Not all guitar practice is equal. Optimising your practice can make a big difference especially over the long term. Developing the habit of optimising will at first, feel like an effort. Like most habits it will take time but stick with it. It may also go against your natural instincts and urges. Optimising can also…

Why Learn Scales On Guitar?

  I will be the first to admit that I had zero interest in learning scales on guitar in the early years. I just couldn’t see the point. I was motivated by songs so why not cut straight to the chase. I resisted playing any kind of scale for about a year until I discovered…