Give up your day job and become a pro guitarist

Many guitar students are asking about their career prospects as a professional guitarist. I think most would agree that a career as a guitarist is difficult and highly risky. But in my experience this is an out dated perception of real world of guitar. The idea that guitar is not a serious career option probably…

Keeping the Guitar Fun for Kids

Learning guitar can become challenging for children but if it all gets too serious they may lose interest. It is therefore important to put the fun back into learning by finding some songs that will spark them up. My suggestions are as follows; Progressive Guitar Supplementary Songbook. This book is graded for the first 3…

Learning language and music starts early

I have been teaching and working with children and adults for over 23 years and must admit I have been fascinated with the whole process of how we learn and succeed at music. I have always taken a research approach to my teaching as I feel it is the best way to improve results based…

Improve your guitar skills faster by playing socially

A challenge for many musicians is staying motivated. To be a successful guitarist requires daily practice for years. Guitar is not like riding a bike. Guitar is more like fitness. Use it or lose it as they say. So how do we stay motivated to practice? The best way I believe is to either build…

Amazing Guitar Stories – The ‘NO STAIRWAY’ era

When I started learning guitar as a young teen in the late 70’s I remember thinking how great it would be if I could play ‘Stairway to Heaven’. By the time I could play it every guitar store had a sign saying ‘NO STAIRWAY’. They were obviously sick of hearing people like me playing it…

Music Theory for Guitar Students

To many guitar students Music theory is not high on their list of priorities when it comes to learning guitar. In fact it would be safe to say that most guitarists have a limited knowledge of music theory. Guitar students on the whole are different to most other music students. Most guitarists take up guitar…

“I regret to say I’m retiring from guitar lessons!”

Do you ever feel like throwing in the towel? I recently received this email from a student which some of you may be able to relate to now or in the future so I think its worth blogging my response. Student – “I regret to say I’m retiring from guitar lessons! It’s been fun and I…

5 Rules to Guitar Success

How do you achieve guitar success? This question in all its forms is the number question on a student’s mind when they first begin guitar. The following 5 rules should help. Rule No.1 – Set a clear definable goal. A student I spoke to recently had been learning with a teacher for around 6 months….

Perfect pitch

Did you know your ear (correct term is aural) is already trained? Music is much like a language. In language our first and probably most important step is the listening. In the first 8 months of a child’s life they hear all languages equally. By 8 months our ear/brain begins to filter focusing only on…

The Placebo Effect for Guitarists

The placebo effect is most commonly applied in medical testing when for example pharmaceutical companies are trying prove their new drugs actually work. In a very simple experiment they will split patients of a particular condition into two groups. They will give one group the new drug and the other group a placebo (an inactive…