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Do we still need guitar teachers?

These days, the Internet dominates our lives. We search for new information, news, exciting places to visit, interesting blogs and also for guitar related articles and videos. The Internet and You Tube look like the natural place to start learning how to play the guitar. 

I think it is an awesome resource – in a few clicks, we can get access to enormous amounts of information on how to learn the guitar. Countless hours of video guitar lessons are just in front of us. This abundance of information can also be very time consuming and confusing. It takes a lot of time to get through this huge library of instructional materials. You land on an awesome page and then you realise that the explanations are not very good or the video does not cover the subject advertised in the title.

Even once you find a resource that looks legitimate, you may not know how to use and implement it. What I mean by this is that: you do not know what you do not know. Simple, you may not know how to link the information and how to systemise the knowledge in a way that will be easy to use and will take you to the next level.

The internet is open to everybody, you, me and our neighbours can publish instructional materials on the web. And this is the danger; it is difficult to verify the content.

There are tons of great articles and tons of very bad ones. This is why I think traditional one to one guitar lessons are still important in today’s world because:

  • A good music instructor will identify and correct all your mistakes
  • Interaction with somebody who is better than you on the instrument will stimulate your passion
  • Customised lesson plans will make your practicing time more efficient
  • You can ask questions

A good guitar teacher is much more than just a tutor. He or she can mentor you, suggest solutions and enhance your creativity.

There are also plenty of great websites with structured guitar lessons and knowledgeable tutors. This a great way of learning to play the guitar, when you do not have time for private guitar lessons.

So what is the answer to the question in the title? I think a combination of both will be the best solution. Taking private guitar lessons and trying to learn from the internet. You can always verify the information with your teacher.

Happy searching!

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First guitar lesson – Basics

In your first guitar lesson, we will lay some solid foundations. This lesson is designed for people who have never played the guitar before.

The goal is to get familiar with the guitar, learn how to position fingers on the fretboard and make a great sound by playing the A minor chord. You may wonder what guitar chords are? Guitar chords are building blocks of songs. Every song has a chord structure that defines the sound of the song. So your first guitar lesson is about learning a simple A minor chord. `

Learn guitar online A minor guitar chord

This guitar lesson is designed to be quick but also very efficient. I tried to give you only essential knowledge. Make sure that you watch this video from the beginning till the end as you may miss out on some very important information.

Here are some quick links that will complement your first guitar lesson:

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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 for many years. 90 percent of my students are adults who had never played the guitar before.

What is amazing about that, is that they all have really great results. Not everybody wants to become another Jimi Hendrix or Slash. Some people just want to strum Knocking on Heavens Door in the evening and have some fun with their friends. A lot of people who started early also gave up early. I have a lot of friends who don’t touch the guitar anymore. They started playing at the age of 6 or 7, and by the age of 20 they had burned out. They lost their passion for the music. Isn’t that proof enough that you are not too late to jump on the guitar journey train.

You can do it, you can have amazing results and have so much satisfaction from your “hobby”.

It is not about changing the world by recording albums and playing big stages, it is about sharing the love for music with our families and friends and having something else relaxing to do, after a long day at work.

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