How beginners can get consistent results on the guitar

Once you pass the initial beginner stage of your guitar playing, you’ll realise that in order to grow your skills, you need to do more than just play the same songs over and over again. You might think that just by simply playing the guitar you will get better, but will you?

Learn the guitar with acoustic guitar lessons

The acoustic guitar, is one of the most popular instruments, many times covered with dust in the corner of a room.  It is almost like a piece of furniture …

Do we still need guitar teachers?

When it comes to learning how to play the guitar, many people’s stories are the same; I have always dreamed about playing, I have tried to teach myself …

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5 Tips – How to start playing the guitar?

When it comes to learning how to play the guitar, many people’s stories are the same; I have always dreamed about playing, I have tried to teach myself …

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Too afraid to buy your first guitar?

Choosing the right guitar when you are a beginner guitar player is almost impossible. There are so many different guitars. Just go to a music shop and …

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How to practice when you do not have time to practice?

One of the most asked questions that bothers beginner guitarists, is how to practice. You have heard stories about musicians practicing for hours every …

Did you know that a lot of successful people play an instrument?

You can look at this from two perspectives. One is that as a successful person, you will get an extra creative edge if you play an instrument …

How good should you be on the guitar by now?

This is my favourite one! A lot of my students say the same phrase -“I should be” … For some reason, those three words are extremely popular amongst …

What is that strange squeaky sound when I slide my fingers on the guitar?

What is that strange squeaky sound when I slide my fingers on the guitar?

Have you ever noticed that strange squeaky sound coming from your strings when you move your fingers between the chords or when you do slides? Are you …

I teach a lot of beginners not only online, but I also teach one to one guitar lessons. Many of my students have one thing in common; they want to be perfect. But this is something that can actually can hijack your guitar playing progress. Striving for perfection is a glorious thing, we want to do things in the "right way", but abusing this approach will only lead to frustration. Here is a typical scenario: a student comes for a lesson and tries to show me the song that he or she has learned. They play the first few chords, something goes wrong with the strumming and they stop and then start all over again. The same thing applies to scales. My students will make one mistake and then start playing the scale from the beginning again. This is definitely not the way to get good results. You need to learn how to correct your mistakes on the fly. You should of course, acknowledge that you made a mistake, but keep going, don’t stop and start again. The moment you stop and try to start from the beginning again, you disturb the flow of the song. It's almost like you are only practicing the first few bars of the song, but what about the rest of the song? You don’t even give yourself a chance to get to the middle of the song, not the mention the whole tune. Try to do a ‘live' practice session. Pick up the guitar, tune it up and play one song from the beginning till the end. Don’t stop, ignore the mistakes, just keep playing. This is a great way to develop a more natural / performance approach to your guitar playing. That way, you will learn how to get yourself out of the mistakes and it will also give you more confidence to perform in front of others. I should really mention that this is one of the components of practicing. Of course, you also need to work on learning songs in sections. You should work on the chords, strumming, than you connect it into the verse and chorus. The method described in this article is another approach that you can add to your practice routine. So basically you can approach your songs from the perspective of detail practicing and then live/performance practicing. It is like having another tool to fine tune your guitar skills. Let me know if it works for you!

Don’t try to be too perfect

I teach a lot of beginners not only online, but also on one to one guitar lessons. Many of my students have one thing in common; they want to be perfect.

Why am I forgetting the rhythm and strumming pattern?

Why am I forgetting the rhythm and strumming pattern?

Have you ever noticed that it is relatively easy to learn the guitar chords for a song, but it is quite tricky to remember the rhythm and strumming pattern?

How long does it take to learn the guitar

How long does it take to learn the guitar?

Quora and online guitar forums are full of questions like this. How long does it take to learn the guitar? Can you learn it in 24 hours or one week?

3 Ways To Fit The Guitar Around Your Lifestyle

3 Ways To Fit The Guitar Around Your Lifestyle

It is not alway that easy to fit learning how to play guitar around your busy lifestyle. Long working hours and a busy life make it quite tricky to practice …

You should practice the guitar in front of the TV… sometimes

Holiday season is always great because I have a little bit more time than usual to play the guitar … but in front of the TV! This is my perfect holiday …

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Long breaks in between practicing the guitar

A lot of guitar players have phases of very intense focussed practicing and then long breaks of nothingness. They have moments when they play and …

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Light Vs Heavy Guitar Strings

Guitar strings on your electric or acoustic guitar play a huge role in your instrument’s playability, feel as well as sound. Many beginners don’t really …

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How to tune up the guitar by ear – emergency approach

Did you ever find yourself in a situation where you didn’t have a guitar tuner and you wish you knew how to tune up the guitar by ear? I have and you …

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Sometimes I just want to play the guitar

Sometimes I’ll have a day when I don’t want to practice the guitar, I just want to play the guitar. I found out a long time ago, that it is sometimes …

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The best way to practice the guitar for beginners

If you are a beginner guitarist, you may often ask yourself this question: “what is the best way to practice the guitar?” What is better? …

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Muscle tension – relax when you practice the guitar

One thing that I struggle a lot with whilst practicing the guitar and performing is excessive muscle tension. Many times i simply tense my muscles too much.

How to turn a band audition failure into an inspiration

A lot of people see failure as a dark moment in their life. Let me tell you a story of the failure that turned into something very inspirational and …

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How to practice the guitar during Christmas

Finding the time to practice the guitar during Christmas may be very difficult. The holiday season can be a real killer to our musical progress, due to …

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Don’t look at your strumming hand

Are you struggling with your strumming hand and chord changes? Welcome to the club, you are not alone. Let me give you a tip on how to improve chord changes

How can I stay motivated to practice the guitar?

How can I stay motivated to practice the guitar?

One day we are full-on and motivated to practice the guitar, the next we are completely flat and don’t even want to look towards it. Why does this happen …

How Often Should You Change Guitar Strings?

How Often Should You Change Guitar Strings?

Do you really need to change guitar strings? This is one of the questions that beginners ask when I mention changing the strings. If they aren’t broken …

Can I learn how to play the guitar if I have a physical disability?

A lot of people dream about playing the guitar but for some reason, they feel as though it is out of their reach. Accidents can damage or deform our hands …

Learn how to tune up the guitar

Almost an impossible task in our early day of guitar playing. Lets learn how to tune up the guitar. Even the best guitarists in the world at some stage …

You are never to old to play the guitar

We all think that in order to become amazing on the guitar, we need to start at a very early age. This is not true at all. I have been teaching the guitar …

Don’t over practice, play more music

We all know that exercises are designed to bring our skills to the next level and beyond. But there is a fine line between playing too many exercises and …

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How to Buy an Acoustic Guitar: Tips for buying your first one

With the abundance of guitars on the market, you might feel its difficult to chose the right instrument, especially if you are a beginner. You may not …

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How to avoid muting the strings when you play chords – updated

One of the most common problems that beginners struggle with, is how to position their fingers on the fretboard in a way that doesn’t mute the …

Introduction to guitar power chords

Power chords can be a very cool addition to your chord library. They consist of only two notes ( without going too deep into music theory – the distance …

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Natural talent – do I need it to play the guitar?

At some point we all struggle to break the barriers of our technical abilities – we can not improve chord changes, the speed of scales, legato or …

How to read guitar tabs

How to read guitar tabs – Tablature for beginners

Guitar tab or tablature is a very popular method of notating guitar music. What makes tab so popular is that, once you get the hang of it, it is very…

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Where to Put Your Thumb on the Guitar Neck

Probably you have noticed that guitar players place their thumb on the guitar in many different ways. Some wrap the thumb around the neck and others …

An easy way to memorise the names of the guitar strings

An easy way to memorise the names of the guitar strings

Why would you memorise the names and the numbers of the guitar strings? It will help you with tuning up the guitar – the letters and numbers …

How not to lose motivation and achieve your goals.

How not to lose motivation and achieve your goals

Keeping motivation high while you practice the guitar, is essential in order to get better on the guitar, but how can you do it? I’ll focus on the …