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…

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…

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…

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 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…

How To Be A Great Guitar Student

There are some very special teachers in the world. We know this because every now and again we hear about them in the news or perhaps a Hollywood script based on a true story like the movie ‘Music of the heart’. The truth is such teachers are extremely rare and in some cases the stories…

Success On Guitar Begins With The Mind

When I began learning guitar as a young teen it was a struggle. Everyday I would fight with the negative thoughts that kept creeping into my head. “You’ll never be any good on guitar” or “It’s too late dude. The best musicians begin when they are 5 or younger” or “Some people are born with…

The Fastest Way To Learn Guitar

  When I was 8 years old I received a guitar from my parents. Probably as a present but I don’t actually remember. In fact I can hardly remember much about the experience at all. What I do know is the novelty of guitar at that age wore off pretty quickly. I vaguely remember having…

3 Chord Songs for Guitar

Many beginner guitarists are surprised by how many songs are written with only a handful of chords. Sure they might be in different keys and the concept of keys may be a little hard for the beginner to grasp but lets give it a shot. Rule No.1 ‘Every key is the same’. Thats right. The only…

The True Value Of A Coach

I must admit that I too at times question the value of a coach given that there is so much free information on every possible topic you can imagine. Pre-Internet a coach/mentor/teacher was almost always your best option. But the rules have changed. Now if I want to get fit, learn how to take great photos…

Do You Know The No.1 Reason People Quit Guitar?

Imagine this   Your favourite singer comes to town and you are lucky enough to get a ticket to their concert. The atmosphere on arriving at the music hall is buzzing and even before the concert starts you know its going to be amazing. After what seems like an eternity of waiting the lights go…