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Discover 5 ways to stay motivated when practicing the guitar. Improve your practice routine and improve your guitar playing!

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All teachers have had conversations with students about practise routines and we’ve all dealt with students who are feeling less than motivated to practise. Here are 5 ways to stay motivated when practising.
These tips can be used if you are a teacher with a student feeling the pinch of motivational depression or if you are a student looking to give yourself a boost.

1. Progress Chart

For young students, I find progress charts are a great way to encourage them to stay motivated. Similar to one you might find in a classroom. Set the student goals each lesson such as “Practise this chord charge” or “Memorise this melody”. Compliance with the task will result in a positive mark being added to the chart and if the student does not practise the requested piece, a negative mark. Most younger students will see this as a slight challenge to keep up the good progress.

2. The 10 Minute Mindset

Keep practise routines that are achievable. People live busy lives, especially teenage and adult learners. If you tell a 15 year old, or someone will a full time job and a family, to start on Steve Vai’s famous 10 and 30 hour practise routines you’ll be heading for trouble fast.

I often use an approach I like to call the 10 minute mindset. Work on one thing with no distraction for 10 minutes a day for a whole week. If you commit to that solid 10 minutes a day, by the end of the week you should have made some good progress with the item you’re working on. I like to continue the 10 minute mindset beyond the initial stages. If you can convince someone that they will benefit from 10 minutes a day, they might be playing for 20-30 minutes and beyond. This makes the mindset a success. The student is practising for times exceeding 10 minutes, but in their head they are still thinking small chunks, this makes the idea of practise less daunting and very low impact to their lives.

3. Long Term Goals

Encourage your student to consider the long-term goals of what their playing could help them accomplish. If they have the desire to pursue a career in music, perhaps they would see this as reason to put the time and effort into practise. Tell them to consider what they want out of the guitar in the long run. If they want to play in a band, work as a session musician or maybe even teach themselves, emphasise the importance of practising and keeping their skills at a high level. Working as a musician is an incredibly competitive environment to be in, you have to keep yourself on top of your game every day to ensure you’re seen as the best person for the job.

4. Keep it Visible

This seems to be more of a trend with adult learners, but I have seen this behaviour repeated in younger students too. A lot of adults tend to keep their guitars in less obvious places. One thing I realised, simply by asking a group of people in my early days of teaching, was that there seemed to be a correlation between where someone keeps their guitar and how often they practise.

The reply that always stuck with me was a student who kept his guitar in its case at the back of his cupboard. To practise he had to empty the cupboard, take the case out, set everything up and then put it all back away when he was finished. This was not an incentive to practise each day. Keep your guitars where you can see them, I promise you’ll never want to put it down!

Hearing Progress

The ultimate motivator is hearing that the thing you’ve been working on is taking shape. That chord change from a Dmin13 to an F#maj7 has been causing you a lot of bother lately, but it’s starting to get easier now right? What about that alternate picked guitar part? The 3 notes per string at 140bpm lick… that’s definitely getting faster. When you can hear improvement, it will push you to follow it through and commit to the final goal of mastering the thing you’re working on.

About the Author

Matthew Rusk is a professional musician and guitar teacher from the UK. He has taught hundreds of students from complete beginners to advanced players. He has been providing guitar lessons locally and online, sharing his practise tips, motivation topics and exercises with students far and wide. He has created an online community of like minded music teacher to motivate and encourage individuals of all ages to start learning musical instruments. You can find out more at

Find out how to become an outstanding guitarist! Make your guitar dreams a reality and break through by developing the right habits to become truly outstanding!

Guitarist performing on stage

You need passion and inspiration

To become truly great at anything in life requires a fire from within.

Learning to play the guitar is definitely no different.

You see, the main issue at hand is inspiration…

If you are inspired, you will do whatever it takes to become great at what you do.

You will be passionate and willing to practice.

Learning the guitar at the end of the day is more to do with the willingness to practice than anything else.

It is easy to say that you are passionate about learning, but the real test lies in your private practice room!

Of course, great training will help you to continue when the going gets tough.

The truth is you need that fire…. that fire that will make you improvise with Mixolydian b6 mode for 4 hours without stopping, that fire that will make you find all the major chords on string groups 123, 234, 345, 456!

Without that fire, it will be really hard to get that the level that you want to get to!

Stephen Covey was absolutely correct when he wrote a chapter on “Begin with the end in mind” in his best seller 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

You see, when you have the vision then the fire will burn!

So be inspired, have a vision! Be on fire and passionate and it will show in your guitar playing! (Even if it takes some time to get there)

You need a positive mindset and a do-whatever-it-takes frame of mind

A positive mindset is very important when it comes to learning how to play the guitar!

Remember that you will go through easy and difficult phases in your guitar journey.

It is during the difficult phases that a positive mindset will help the most.

The secret between success and failure in your guitar playing is in your ability to keep learning and improving ever when you do not see immediate results.

That is why you need to work on your psychology and mindset.

If you are able to persist through tough times, then you can truly improve on your instrument!

You need to monitor your progress and keep a journal (even if it is a rough one)

By keeping a record of your playing, you will improve much faster and your playing will become much more accurate.

It is a well-known fact that keeping a journal (even a rough one) will have a tremendously positive effect on your playing.

It is always a little difficult to get started, but the biggest secret is to just do it!

Buy a little notebook that you like and keep track of your musical speed and development on a regular basis.

There is no need to be overly concerned on regularity.

As long as you measure your improvements on a monthly basis, you will be fine.

You need a great guitar coach – someone who actually inspire you!

A great mentor who inspires and motivate you is the TRUE key to becoming an outstanding guitarist.

The guitar is a complex instrument when played at a very proficient level. (It is actually very simple, but the complexity can ONLY be made simple through a great coach)

That is exactly why you need to take weekly guitar lessons with someone who can help you get SERIOUS and LASTING results in your guitar playing.

The good news is that you do not need to accept mediocre guitar performance forever. No, YOU can do something about your guitar playing by taking the first step.

The first and most crucial step is then to find someone who inspires and motivates you to become a great player.

Even if you only play the guitar for the pleasure, why not do it well?

A great guitar instructor can help you make huge improvement in your playing in a short time.

That is why you must work with a great coach to become a much better player!

You need a solid practice schedule that’s not boring!

Finally, without a solid and regular practice schedule you will not make great progress.

You need dedicated, concentrated hours of practice in order to improve on a monthly basis.

It is not quite as simple as you may think.

A solid practice schedule should be discussed with your guitar mentor.

He or she will help you get the best return on your available time.

Simply just jamming the guitar daily will not yield the best results.

You need a rigorous and tested practice schedule looking at various aspects of your playing in order to improve in a fast and efficient way.

I wish you the greatest success in your guitar journey!

Discover how you as an adult can learn how to play the guitar! Let go of excuses holding you back from your guitar dreams!

Women playing the guitar

An adult learning to play the guitar, or any musical instrument for that matter may seem to be an anomaly. Far too many people assume that if you haven’t learned to play a musical instrument as a child that you will never master it as an adult. You may wonder how it can be possible when we all know that brain plasticity changes as we grow older.

We forget however that some of the most talented people in different areas of life have only emerged in later life. This is often true of artists who have had to wait for life events to take place so that they can embrace their gifts. Claude Monet and Mary Delaney are only two that should instantly come to mind. The music world is no different, with talents like Andrea Bocelli and Susan Boyle being discovered long after the accepted age of discovery.

There are many reasons why it would never be too late to learn to play the guitar. The only real impediment to learning the guitar as an adult and more so as a mature adult would be the limitations you place upon yourself.

Your body replenishes its own cells and while it may be slower to do so than when you were younger, with adequate practice, you will be able to rewire your brain to do just that – play a musical instrument.

Motivation to succeed

The single greatest factor that will influence your success, is your own motivation. A desire to succeed will influence the outcome. If you are truly motivated and are prepared to practice, then there is no reason why you will not complete your lessons, able to play more than a simple childish tune. Of course, you could try self teaching but there are risks involved in that too. How will you know when you are making a mistake? An experienced teacher will prevent bad habits and errors from setting in before they even happen.

By breaking up the challenge into small parts, you will be able to overcome any difficulties that you face, especially when you first start to learn to play the guitar. Every adult learner will have a reason why they have decided to embark upon guitar tuition. It may be a lifelong desire or a decision to open doors to improve their social life. Because there are reasons behind an adult student deciding to take lessons, the motivation is usually well grounded.

Getting your head and fingers around it

It may be a challenge getting into the mindset as an adult learner, but it is in fact a greater worry to many adult guitar students that their fingers will not perform to order. Just like anything else, your fingers can be trained and in the same way that any other manual skill is about practice and coordination, so is learning to play the guitar. With plenty of practice your finger movements will become natural.

Overcoming frustration

There are so many different genres of music out there that frustration should become a thing of the past. A guitar student can choose music to practice that is within their skill base from almost any genre. By having a personal interest or like for the music, the motivation to practice is increased and naturally your skill will be perfected faster.

Realistic expectations

No one is going to become a music superstar overnight. If you compare your skills to those that have been playing for thirty years after three weeks of practice, then you’re going to be disappointed. Rather monitor your progress as you’re able to play tunes that are more and more complex over time. Its OK to set goals, but be realistic taking into consideration the amount of lessons you can attend weekly as well as your own practice schedule.

The best advice is to start slow and solid and then to add more time as you become a better guitarist.

Steady wins the race!

Investing in yourself

You need to be willing to invest in yourself and your guitar education and that is exactly why you need to study with a dedicated guitar center for adults such as the London Guitar Institute.

By investing in your own guitar education you give yourself the best chance of succeed as an adult wanting to learn the guitar.

Learning the guitar well requires tremendous patience, discipline and practice.

With a great guitar teacher, you can make that journey a lot more enjoyable and you will definitely get there quicker!

Never too old

As the saying goes – it is never too late to have a happy childhood. You can learn to play guitar whether you are eight or eighty. What stands between you and that impressive guitar solo is yourself. Learning music theory will be much easier too because absorbing applicable knowledge on an everyday basis is a skill that adults use every single day.

Since you already know what kind of music you like as well as the time, money and effort you have available, getting into your guitar routine should not be all that difficult.

If you are ready to get started on your journey to guitar success – give us a shout here!

Discover how you can improvise on the guitar. Find out why it is a lot easier than you think. Grab your favourite axe and try out the licks in the article – have a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!

Guitar player playing a solo

This little guide is aimed at beginners wanting to learn how to improvise on the electric guitar. 

First things first…

The electric guitar is a fantastic instrument.

It is an instrument that has taken the world by storm, set youth free and stages across the world alight!

Learning how to improvise successfully on the electric guitar requires some study and practice.

You can learn how to improvise with or without a teacher as long as you are willing to apply yourself and take the time needed to understand how and why things work.

(I am of the opinion that studying with someone who has lots of experience is wise, so if you have the opportunity to study wih someone who is really competent and who can help you – please do!)

Improvisation is the art of arranging and rearranging notes in a new order at a given time as well as coming up with something relatively new…

The idea is to mix things up.

True improvisation is very rare.

Most improvisation is a mixture between the player being spontaneous and some sort of rehash of licks, lines and melodic fragments. (Sequences, patterns, guitar-based ideas etc…)

In the early days of learning how to improvise on the guitar, I advise you to just give it a go.

You will probably feel that you are not able to improvise.

That is simply not true.

Give yourself the permission to try and the permission to make mistakes.

The great legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker tried his hand at improvisation long before he was really ready.

He just gave it a go and tried!

Was he super successful at first?

No, not in the beginning, he even made a mess of things on a professional stage when he was younger.

But as time progresses, Charlie Parker practiced and practiced and practiced some more and then eventually become one of the greatest improvisers who ever lived.

(Jazz musicians to this day, painstakingly transcribe his solos note-for-note in order to understand his genuis!)

Yes, Charlie Parker is a legend.

So let go of your fears and follow the ideas in this article.

Take the first step and then you are on your way to learn how to improvise on the guitar!

Step 1: Learn how to play the A minor pentatonic scale (A minor 7/11 arpeggio) in position 1

Over the years I’ve actually grown quite tired of always using the same box shape as a starting point for new guitar students.

I did however realise that the A minor pentatonic position 1 scale is a relatively easy scale to understand.

It is also an easy scale to visualise, and as the guitar is very much a visual instrument I thought it prudent to start with this scale in this position.
So, we will use it as a starting point.

The A minor pentatonic scale:

A Minor pentatonic scale Position 1 - A Minor 7/11

Now, the first step here is to just play through the scale using alternate picking.

Once you have the scale under your fingers and embedded in your memory, then you can try to play alongside a backing track.

It is very important that you just give it a go, without judging yourself!

You just have to play, play and play some more.

In the beginning your musical phrasing will not be mature and your improvisation may not sound as wonderful as you want it to be.

The thing here is not to despair.

Good phrasing comes with lots of time and effort and when you start improvising it’s quite natural not to have great musical phrasing just yet.

You may even wonder what I mean by the term ‘phrasing’.

Phrasing is basically a musical sentence.

In language we use full stops, commas, question marks to form and express our sentences.

You should do exactly the same in your improvisations!

Improvising is basically speaking on the spot with your guitar!

Play a line or a lick and then take a small musical break by playing a bend that asks a question.

You can then answer the bend with a flurry of notes across the guitar neck.

You see when you improvise, you are really talking on the guitar in an abstract manner.

Step 2: Learn some classic blues licks

All great guitarists who know how to improvise will have their own repertoire of licks that they can use in a musical situation.

You should also develop your own personal repertoire of licks that you love and that you are comfortable with.

Once you memorise some cool licks that you like, then you will be ready for higher level improvisation.

I know that many guitarists falsely belief that learning licks makes you uncreative.

The truth is you need a repertoire to fall back on when your creative juices run out.

Alternatively, you can also rehash your favourite licks on the spot.

So no, learning licks should not make you uncreative, but rather more creative!

It does take courage to memorise and internalise a repertoire of licks, but they will provide you with years of playing success!

Your licks will become your babies!

Your tools of the trade.

Resolve today to learn some licks that you love that will help you make a big difference to your playing.

Here are three A minor pentatonic (position 1) licks for you to try out: (You can also add them to your repertoire)

Lick 1 - classic blues lick - a Minor Pentatonic

Lick 2 - Blues Rock Licks

Lick 3 - blues lick with pull offs

The electric guitar is the most powerful instrument on the face of the planet! Learn how to play the electric guitar and set the world alight!

Jimi Hendrix

Are you passionate about learning to play the electric guitar and you seriously want to improve your electric guitar playing?

The electric guitar is simply one of the most extraordinary instruments ever created.

Did you know the concept of the electric guitar and virtuosity has been around for many many ages even as far back as the 18th century!

During the Italian Bel Canto revolution the human voice was considered the apex of musicality (Similar to the electric guitar today!).

Niccolò Paganini then set the world on fire in the early 19th century with his ferocious virtuoso violin performances!

A little later, Franz Liszt, inspired by Paganini conquered the world with his magnetic personality and flawless technical execution!

In the 1960s, Jimi Hendrix burst unto the rock and roll scene playing his white 1968 Fender Stratocaster and using overdrive and serious lead guitar licks and riffs that literally rocked the world!

He even set his guitar on fire – live on stage!

Whilst all this was going on a young Yngwie Malmsteen was busy getting inspiration from both Hendrix (for his stage antics) and from a violinist performing on the television!

In time Yngwie Malmsteen took his electric guitar and set the world alight with his blazingly fast runs, neo-classical lines and magnificent larger-than-life performances.

The reasons for this little explanation of history is to show you that the electric guitar was always there in some shape or form. (The idea of being a virtuoso concert performer AKA a rock star!)

In the 19th century this idea of a rock star could be found in the Bel Canto vocal styles in Italy!

During the 18th century the electric guitar was Paganini performing on his violin to sell-out audiences across Europe!

In the 1800s the electric guitar was Franz Liszt the world’s first bona fide rock star performing to a vast audience all across Europe and inspiring generations of pianists to come!

The London Guitar Institute offers outstanding electric guitar lessons for adults in London

If you want to learn how to play the electric guitar and develop the skills to seriously impress your friends and fans then you have to consider the London Guitar Institute for London’s best electric guitar lessons for adults.

The electric guitar is definitely the most powerful instrument of all times!

It is also an incredibly expressive instrument.

You can play the electric guitar with a very smooth and beautiful tone or you can play it with an aggressive metal sound!

The choice is yours!

You can play a stunning bend with a delayed vibrato or impress your audiences with your dazzling mastery of virtuosity as your fingers run up and down the guitar neck!

The electric guitar can be used in blues, rock, jazz, metal, pop and neo-classical music styles. (And more!)

Take your pick, (pun intended) and get ready to explore the wonderful world of the electric guitar.

At the London Guitar Institute you can seriously improve your guitar prowess with one of the UK’s top electric guitar teachers.

You can move from being an ordinary electric guitarist to being an extraordinary one!

You deserve it!

For the best electric guitar lessons London has to offer, simply look no further!

You can study the style you love on the electric guitar: metal, blues, rock, jazz, neo-classical and so much more!

Develop a solid technique and drastically improve your ability to improvise properly

The electric guitar is an instrument that requires your time and dedication.

Daily practice is required.

At the London Guitar Institute, we will help you develop a rock-solid technique and the ability to improvise over any musical situation!

We will help you become GREAT at playing the electric guitar.

Who knows?

Maybe one day, you will perform in front of millions of adoring fans screaming to hear your electric guitar solos!

Or perhaps, you will actually take the plunge and perform over the weekends with your cover band and play the solos that you have always wanted to play!

The moral of the story: anything is possible with time, effort and great education.

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It is our goal to help you become the best electric guitarist you can possibly become.

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Discover how to become a super persistent guitar student and achieve ALL your musical goals!

Never Give Up

Learning to play the guitar is wonderful.

It is an exciting new journey full of adventure when you are just starting out.

Once you have played the guitar for a little while, it can then at times become challenging.

As human beings we thrive upon a new product, a new idea, a new movie… The word ‘new’ has an amazing appeal and we love anything that is NEW!

The problem is, that when we first start learning the guitar, the whole process is new and wonderful but in time new will become old.

Therefore, learning to play the guitar requires dedication and persistence beyond the initial honeymoon period of NEW!

Time and again in my guitar studio in central London I see human behaviour and psychology at work.

Most students behave in the same way… the first 3 months is exciting, then gradually learning becomes more of a chore and less fun.

The truth is, learning to play the guitar does not always need to be 100% fun.

Fun is obviously important, but there is a time for serious study and serious study requires persistence and the ability to at times do things we do not really like.

Of course, overall playing and practicing guitar should be fun, but you also need solid discipline to keep going when things get a little tough!

Let’s say you set out to learn a Metallica guitar solo note-for-note.

The first few months of learning the solo is fun and an overall pleasant experience.

By the fourth month things get pretty difficult.

That is when most people give up.

The secret is then to persist and continue practicing the solo especially the difficult bits until you really master each concept within the solo.

Take for example sweep picking.

You may be terrible at sweep picking right now, but with dedication and practice, you can increase your sweep picking abilities!

Therefore it is essential that you cultivate the habit of continual perseverance and persistence!

When you keep improving a little bit each day, it will all add up to a big change over a period of a year!

The big question is how do you cultivate this wonderful habit?

The key is starting small and build up your ability to persist and practice guitar on a consistent basis.

Perhaps you can only manage 20 minutes of dedicated, persistent practice each and every day.

Start there and then build towards doing 30 minutes, later 45 minutes and eventually 60 minutes per day. (Of course you can do much more than 60 minutes per day, but that is already a fantastic goal!)

If you are faithful in little, you will be faithful in much!

So the secret is to START today with what you can!

Do not try to overdo it…. do what you can manage and then build upon that!

In addition to a set schedule, great guitar education will definitely help you succeed!

During your guitar lessons, you can speak to your guitar instructor and share your frustrations. He or she can then kindly guide you into developing your ability to persist.

In my own guitar studio I always encourage my students and I help them get back on the path to dedicated, serious daily practice wherever possible!

Practice the same thing day in and day out

The most successful guitarists in the world has a set practice regime.

Sure, it will vary a little from time to time, but a set DEDICATED practice routine is what made them into the giants they are today!

I always advise working out left and right hand technique and then moving unto the different parts of music playing.

Always warm up prior to developing your playing and do take frequent breaks.

From time to time, you can also turn up the volume and just jam the guitar.

But if you really want to be a successful player, then you have to cultivate a SET practice regime day in, day out!

It should be a little boring at times… repetitive exercises is the key to great technique.

You should also consider keeping a journal.

You can then jot down your speed, knowledge and most of all you can COMPETE with your journal.

Competing with yourself is a BIG secret.

If you compete aggressively with yourself then you will make MASSIVE progress.

From time to time you will need to adjust your goals and practice material. That is absolutely fine.

Just stick to a set logical methodology of practice.

Try to practice every day (5-6 days a week) and be SUPER consistent!

If you follow the advice in this article, I guarantee that you will get closer to your ultimate guitar dream sooner than later!

I wish you the GREATEST SUCCESS in your guitar journey going foward!

Electric Guitar Player

Learning and mastering the guitar’s fretboard is an arduous task.

It requires tremendous concentration over extended periods of time and pig-headed determination to truly master the guitar’s fretboard.

The fastest way in my opinion to master the neck is to say and play whatever you are busy learning at the moment.

As an example, let’s say you are memorising all the E minor/major 7 arpeggios across the guitar neck.

I would recommend learning the arpeggios in each of the five natural positions of the guitar.

Whilst playing the arpeggio, I would recommend saying the degrees such as 5th, 7th, root, minor 3rd etc…

Yes, it will require extra work from you and you may feel: “What’s the point of saying it, I can just say it in my mind’s eye?”.

Well through thousands of teaching hours I have realised that saying (aloud) and playing is perhaps one of the most effective ways of becoming a better player fast!

By saying and playing you internalise the material so much quicker than the traditional route of just playing.

Whenever I teach my students sight reading, I require all my students to say the notes prior to playing them. After that task is complete, we then play AND say the notes to internalise them!

I love doing a very thorough job and when I teach it is my responsibility to make sure I do EVERYTHING in my power to help my students become the best that they can possibly be!

Say next time you practice a passage/scale/lick, why not try the technique of PLAYING AND SAYING!

I guarantee you that it will bring breakthrough in your playing!

It will be hard work, but if you want results you will have to put in the right amount of time and effort to justify the reward that you are after!

Stay movitated

Learning to play the guitar can seem like a luxury, indeed it is, and like most of life’s luxuries, when life becomes busy they fall by the wayside and can often be forgotten.

During your guitar lessons in London with me, I’ll make sure you learn techniques that help you hone your skills and develop your guitar playing quickly. (My methodologies are truly world-class and I guarantee that you will make rapid progress if you apply yourself and practice wholeheartedly)

I’ll also show you ways which make it easy for you to reach the next stages, it’s my desire to ensure you become the fantastic guitar player you always wanted to be.

Motivation, for any task can wane though, especially if you have a full time job and a family. This is why some guitar lesson students need techniques for staying motivated.

Some guitar players can also hit a stumbling block, just like with any activity or hobby.

You could reach a certain stage and feel like you’ve plateaued, when in reality, just a few thousands of hours more of practice could see you playing like Jimmy Hendrix!

Here are some pertinent tips for staying motivated to ensure you carry on playing the guitar and practicing to become what you wanted to be when you first contacted me: A great guitar player.

See Practice as Me Time

In our busy lives we often forget to stop and smell the roses. Music is incredible for awakening our senses and making us realise the world around us in real time. It’s used to motivate, inspire, relax and rejuvenate, and that’s just by listening to it. Playing music can help you unwind and can release your mind from the troubles of the day. See your practice as an indulgence.

See it as high quality ‘Me Time’!

It’s time for you, no one else.

You deserve that relaxation and you deserve to excel. Make time for you in your busy schedule and enjoy all the mental benefits that playing the guitar will bring!

Set Some Targets

Setting targets can help you carry on when you feel like you’ve reached a plateau.

The key is setting realistic AND ‘faith’ targets.

Have MASSIVE goals and work very hard towards them.

A realistic target could be: “I want to learn all the major, minor, diminished and augmented chords on string group 135 and 246 this year!”.

A faith based target could be: “I want to play semi-quavers at 155 BPM this year!”

The realistic will generally be met, the faith based target will usually be missed, but by having that target in mind you will then achieve that in the next year or years to come!

So DREAM and go big and bold, but also have some realistic goals on your musical plate!

Think Investment not Cost

The world’s most successful individuals achieved success by generally not caring about the price that they need to pay, but rather the return.

Think of your guitar lessons as an investment.

Thinking and comparing price per hour is ridiculous.

The right frame of mind is the following: “Who is going to provide me with the highest quality guitar tuition and where will I get the fastest results!”

Forget about the cost and focus on the RESULT.

Paying for cheap guitar lessons will generally result in a poor guitar education.

Paying quality means (generally) that you will receive quality.

So make sure you get high-quality guitar lessons to give you the best odds of achieving your musical goals!

Your GpracticeProgressScore will increase:

GpracticeProgressScore = ((time spend with instrument * methodology of pratice)+(mindset*qualityofinput))/100

So by having a fantastic teacher you will get there so much quicker and be inspired to practice harder and smarter!

The time you spend with the guitar is up to you!

The methodology will come largely from your teacher/mentor.

Your mindset will come from a variety of sources. (Your teacher and others… try Tony Robbins – highly recommended!)

Quality of input – this is where you get your education. (Directly related to your teacher)

Guitarist practicing the guitar

Most guitarists could be far better off than they are now if they would only follow a proper practice routine!

Your guitar lessons in London don’t end when we finish our one to one session, you’ll be given lots of material to practice at home. (Such as right and left-hand workouts, scales, chords, note reading, sight-reading, guitar-specific techniques, theory and much more…)

The more you practice, the faster you will develop your skills and the quicker you will become the guitar player you want to be.

Here are some tips for practising guitar at home:

Make Time, or Don’t

The biggest obstacle many guitar lesson students face when trying to practice at home is time. Few of us have extra time on our hands and finding an extra hour a day can be difficult. The great thing about learning the guitar is you can pick it up anywhere. You can watch the TV and work

Few of us have extra time on our hands and finding an extra hour a day can be difficult. The great thing about learning the guitar is you can pick it up anywhere. You can watch the TV and work

The great thing about learning the guitar is you can pick it up anywhere. You can watch the TV and work through the Lydian mode or play some sequences while chatting to friends! (Of course serious dedicated alone-practice time is also required, but if you struggle to find time, doing something is better than nothing!)

There are many other ways you can weave practice into your daily life such as:

Perform a guitar solo for a friend

When you have a friend over, why not show him or her what you have achieved in your guitar lessons by playing a solo or song that you have learned.

The time that you spend performing the solo to your friend will be a very valuable feedback time for you to help you improve your guitar playing in your alone-time practice sessions!

It may at times be painful and even humiliating, but it will DEFINITELY help your progress!

Listen to Your Favourite Music

If you like to spend time watching music channels or listening to music, hold your guitar while you’re doing it. See what chords/melodies/patterns you recognise and play along, you will be amazed just how much you can learn when listening to Wes Montgomery and trying to copy some of his lines! (Or Kirk Hammett if you are into metal as an example!)

Of course, if you can carve out an hour or two a day to practice, you’ll advance at a fast pace. Try not to see it as a chore, as it is not. It’s time for you that is much needed.

Finally, get the best education money can buy and do not forget to practice with proper balance, posture and freedom of movement!

Remember that perfect practice along with excellent quality tuition will bring you the results that you are looking for!

If you practice without quality tuition, you may pick up bad habits along the way!

That is exactly why it is absolutely imperative that you select a top-notch guitar instructor who can help you learn properly!

Make sure you practice using proper posture and perhaps look for an Alexander Technique instructor to help you improve your balance, posture and freedom of movement.

I personally recommend Jackie as she is an expert at the art! – you can visit her website here:

Finally, look after yourself whilst practising and you will be able to enjoy guitar playing for decades to come!


It’s a New Year and there is a whole new wonderful adventure in store for your guitar journey in 2017!

The biggest issue facing most of us at the start of the year is how to stick to our New Year’s resolutions!

So what is the answer to achieve the all-too-elusive goals of your New Year’s resolutions?

In my opinion the secret lies in two things!

Firstly, your mindset is the most important.

If you believe you can achieve, then you will EVENTUALLY achieve your goals!

You see the man or woman who believes that can will make it!

So you need to have a very positive can-do attitude when it comes to your guitar playing and guitar development!

If you struggle with your thoughts, why not listen to some of Tony Robbins? (

He is awesome and will help you with all your goals – musical and otherwise!

So sort out your mindset and you will go really really far!

The second secret is great education!

It does not matter what you want to achieve in 2017! Whatever you want, you can get!

BUT get the best education that money can buy! Invest in high-quality education and you will get to your destination SO MUCH QUICKER!

Education is the answer!

Learning to play the guitar properly is an arduous task. You need a great mentor who can coach and guide you to become the guitarist you have always wanted to be!

Don’t waste ANY time in 2017, get the best education now and become the guitarist you have always wanted to be!

Select an instructor who will suit you and make sure he or her is very good at what they do!

Follow their advice whole heartedly and practice daily!

Time will take care of the rest and you WILL achieve your musical goals for 2017!

Have a fantastic year ahead!