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…

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┬ámemorise┬áchords. 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…

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…