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…

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…

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…

Successful guitar students prepare to fail – What?

Hang on a minute. Aren’t successful people confident and positive about what they can achieve? Weren’t we told that if you expect to fail you probably will? The ‘Self fulfilling prophecy’ idea right? Well it turns out that a sign of a successful person is someone who is actually expecting to fail and this applies to…

5 Ways To Improve Your Guitar Playing Fast

Focus on one thing at a time – The typical guitar student tends to bounce around, often working on several different scales, a few guitar chords, strumming patterns, picking patterns, perhaps an arpeggio pattern, a little finger picking and then half a dozen songs and riffs all in one practice session. Try focusing on just one isolated…

Buying a guitar (for beginners)

Buying your first guitar is not so scary. In fact its probably easier than buying your second because there are only a few things you need to consider. Here are the most important considerations ehrn choosing;Type: A classic guitar with nylon strings is the best option for a beginner unless you are fixed on playing an…

How old can a child begin to learn guitar?

We are often asked the question of how old does a child have to be to start on guitar. At G4 GUITAR many of our teachers can start students from 3 or 4 years old. Its not actually about the child its mostly about the teacher and parents. A teacher needs to be trained in working with…

PLAN your PRACTICE

One of the best pieces of advice I can offer any student is to plan your practice. Time is precious and you need to make every minute count. Start with short practice sessions of 15 to 20 minutes and break it down into 5 minute topics. Example; 5 minutes picking practice. Leave your left hand…

Why you should devote some guitar practice to ear training

I highly recommend to anyone pursuing music to invest a portion of their practice time into developing aural skills. This means your ability to listen to music and understand what you are hearing so as to replicate on your instrument. Step 1 The first step I recommend for my guitar students is to learn the…

Improving your guitar skills advice

Improving your guitar playing is not just about practice. Jamming with others is an important an often underrated part of any guitar player’s program.When you jam with other guitarists and musicians you are putting what you know to the test. You will quickly determine your level of proficiency. E.g. If your timing is not spot on…