How I convinced my guitar students NOT to QUIT!

From my experience as a guitar teacher I discovered that most people expect their progress on guitar to be constant and uninterrupted. The reality is there will be periods of stagnation even if you are practicing daily. Why this happens I cannot explain. All I know is expecting uninterrupted progress tends to lead to disillusionment….

Why The Best Teachers Use Drills To Teach Skills

One of my favourite books is Practice Perfect. It’s full of great insights based on in-depth research by Doug Lemov. Here is just one insight from the book. In sports and music when it comes to practice there is this temptation to want to play the game or play the song likely for 3 main…

Motivate your child to practice guitar

Motivating your child to want to practice guitar is different for every child. What works with one child may not work with another child. In addition any strategy you apply will generally not last indefinitely. The secret to motivating your child to practice is creative experimentation. This means you need to be testing new ideas…

What Is The One Thing You Want From A Teacher?

In my early years of teaching guitar I did not really push the issue of practice. I believed that students were either motivated or they were not. To be honest, as a guitarist making a living from teaching, I was afraid if I pushed students to practice too hard many would just quit. Unfortunately, being…

How To Motivate Your Child To Practice Guitar The Simple Way

Many parents struggle with getting their child to do guitar practice mostly because they make it complicated. There is in fact a very simple way to motivate your child to practice but it may not be what you were hoping for. You see there is this common held misconception that children should have a passion…

A Scientific Strategy For Success On Guitar

Learning to play guitar is really about developing the habit of deliberate practice. Deliberate practice by definition is when you practice with an awareness of what you are practicing and why. This might seem obvious but far too often we do what I call ‘mindless practice’. This is where you practice while thinking about what you…

Why do some students just love practicing guitar?

 When you look at Li-sa-X for example its obvious she practices for many hours a day and loves doing it but why? Basically there is a connection between the practice of anything you care to name and an eventual love of the thing being practiced. There is this point where we tip and the love…

The Power Of A Great Coach

It seems we all know of at least one legendary coach who has an amazing record. I have spent decades researching the best ways to learn and teach guitar. This led me to reading about great coaches and teachers in various fields such as sport, education, business and personal development. When you look at the records…

A Proven Method For Learning Guitar

  To receive a FREE copy of the G4 GUITAR METHOD please follow the link below. Make no mistake Learning guitar is challenging. At a guess around 90% of people who take up guitar end up quitting in the first year. My 30+ years of experience teaching guitar has shown me that it doesn’t have…

What Does Coaching Football Have To Do With Guitar?

Coach Bill Walsh of the 49ers took his team from last on the ladder to first in just 3 years. The fastest turn around in the history of the game. He achieved this remarkable feat by implementing what he called his ‘standard of performance’. The first stage was discipline. For example players could not sit…

2 Proven Ways To Dramatically Improve Your Guitar Practice

In this article I am going to talk about two of the most important elements to successful practice of a musical instrument. If you can embrace and incorporate these two elements into your daily practice you will progress faster and with less effort compared to most music students.  The 10,000 Hour Rule is Untested K….

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…