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When starting from scratch with guitar lessons in London, you may believe that the only songs you can play quickly are those of the nursery rhyme variety. In fact, guitar tuition has come a long way since many learned the first chords in a noisy lesson in primary school and you can expect to play some contemporary tunes that will impress your peers within hours.

You only need to learn the first three chords in order to strum some popular songs that will have everyone singing along. Here is a small selection of just some of the iconic tunes you could play after you’ve enjoyed just one or two lessons with guitar lessons London, Mayfair.

Using just the E, A and D Chords, moving up to the minor chords of the same, so including A minor, E minor and D minor.

Elvis Presley

Elvis

  • That’s Alright Mama
  • Hound Dog

Elvis’ songs are still very popular today. They’re timeless and as soon as you play one, anyone within an immediate vicinity will recognise the tune.

  • Pulp- Common People
  • OMC- How Bizarre
  • Dire Straits – Walk of Life
  • Bob Marley- Three Little Birds
  • Blondie – Tide is High
  • The Mavericks – Dance the Night Away
  • Kasey Musgraves – Blowing Smoke
  • The Artic Monkeys 505
  • Maroon 5 – Moves Like Mick Jagger

Stefan Joubert teaching guitar in London

If there is a particular song you’d like to play, a song that means something to you or a loved one, tell me. We can make that our target as you learn how to become an expert guitar player through our one to one lessons in Mayfair.

Helpful tips

Booking guitar lessons in Mayfair doesn’t automatically mean that you are going to turn into Frank Gambale. (However with enough dedication, belief and enthusiasm you just might!)

Some people pick up the guitar and learn really fast but for others, it can take a lot of time and effort. In fact, learning the guitar to a high standard can be a really long process however it is certainly worth it in the end.

So, you have your guitar lessons in London West One booked and you are all set to embark on an exciting and rewarding hobby. The key to learning the guitar is to get the most from your guitar lessons and we have some great tips to ensure that you boost your progress as much as possible.

Quality Is Better Than Quantity

The main thing about taking guitar lessons in Mayfair is that you don’t focus on the amount of lessons you get rather it is the quality of the teaching.

This also goes for practicing in your own time. 3 hours of focused practicing a week with no distractions is far better than 10 hours of unfocused learning when you are trying to do two things at once. Similarly, 3 quality lessons are better than 10 lessons where you aren’t attentive.

Ditch your phone and turn the TV off and focus solely on practicing the guitar – you’ll be amazed how much better you will get without anything to distract you.

Set Out What You Want To Accomplish

Rather than turning up to your guitar lessons in Mayfair thinking that the guitar teacher will do everything for you, come with some things that you want to work on.

The advantage of having a guitar tutor in W1 is that you have access to expert help who can point you in the right direction of how to improve. The key to getting the most out of your guitar lessons is to also come prepared with specific things you want to work on.

Obviously keep this in reason however by thinking about what you want to achieve from the lesson and communicating this to your tutor will leave you far more satisfied with the end result.

Keep A Practice Log

Even though you have invested in guitar lessons in Mayfair W1 you still need to do some self-practice. Remember when we mentioned above about quality being better than quantity well that is true but also keep a practice log.
Jot down things that you found difficult when playing the guitar on your own. You find out far more about your level of ability when you don’t have an experienced guitar tutor there to guide you.

This is a good idea because it ties in with our second point – let you guitar teacher in Mayfair know what you are having trouble with.

Even if you have mastered the basics of the guitar you will probably still need lessons to take you to the next level.
The key to learning the guitar is not only to practice on your own but take some action to make your lessons worthwhile. Learning this instrument can be tricky and a lot of people give up but with quality lessons, self-study and commitment there is no reason you can’t succeed.

Rock Guitar Player

So you can play the chords and you have a good understanding of the basics of playing the guitar.

Fantastic!

The problem is that when many people learn the fundamentals they think that they don’t need guitar lessons in Mayfair anymore. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
The reality is that most people aren’t as good at the guitar as the think they are. While you may be able to impress your family and friends with your new found skills, what about other people?

What do you do when you get frustrated with your development?

We want to show you why you still need guitar lessons in SW1 even if you have the basics covered.

Sustain Your Progress

The worst thing you can do once you get the essentials of learning the guitar nailed down is to think that you have suddenly transformed into Scott Henderson. The reality is that you haven’t.
You can always get better. The reason for persisting with a guitar tutor in Mayfair is to not only move to a more advanced level but to also sustain the progress that you have made.
Simply giving up your lessons once you can play a simple song on the guitar means that you will just need to start all over again when you have forgotten everything.

Specialise In One Genre

The beauty of the guitar is that there are so many different styles and genres.

From acoustic to punk and all the way to blues, there are so many styles that you can choose. Maybe you want to be a bit of an all-rounder or maybe you want to focus yourself on one type of music?
Continuing with your guitar lessons in Mayfair W1 means that you can take your knowledge and skills to the next level and really start to master one particular style of guitar music.

The Guitar Can Be Incredibly Frustrating

Even though you have got some valuable help and advice from a guitar teacher in Mayfair the instrument is still incredibly frustrating at times.

You will want to give up and you will want to smash your instrument against the wall but all this frustration can be reduced by continuing with your guitar lessons.

As a learner you might have come on leaps and bounds however simply giving up your lessons will see your progress either halted or reversed. A guitar tutor can help you sustain your current level and allow you to move onto the next stage.

Remember that you don’t know it all.

There is a major difference between playing some chords on your own and actually being able to play the guitar properly. With regular guitar lessons in Mayfair and an experienced teacher there for support, you will be able to take your skills to another level.

Even if you didn’t pick up a guitar until you were 60 it is never too late to learn and by continuing with your guitar lessons you can go as far as you want.

Facts vs Myths

Some people can pick up the guitar and learn it really fast. For others, it can take a lot of time and effort.

There is no one quick fix to learning how to play the guitar and everyone learns at a different pace. This is why adult Mayfair guitar lessons are designed to fit around your level and the time required to master the basics.
We want to dispel some myths about playing the guitar and show you that even if you have never picked one up before you can still benefit from having a guitar tutor in W1.

#1 You Need To Start When You Are Young

We’ve already covered this misconception and shown why it is never too late to start learning the guitar.

For every musician that started playing the guitar as soon as they could walk there are 5 that didn’t take up the hobby until later in life. There is no ideal time to learn to play music. It doesn’t matter if you start at 5 years old or 50 – as long as you have a desire to learn you can play the guitar.

#2 You Don’t Have An Ear For Music

This is a very common myth and one that can be dispelled through practice.

Many people say that they don’t have a musical mind or can’t pick up different notes. With proper training by taking guitar lessons in Mayfair you can train your ears to respond to note changes and there are a load of videos on YouTube that can help in your spare time as well.

#3 Guitars Are Too Expensive

Sure, if you want a top of the range guitar you are going to have to pay at least £1000 or above. (Private stock handmade guitars often sell for £7500+)

However for beginners and even intermediate learners who want to take guitar lessons in Mayfair you can pick up a new (quality) guitar for under £500. In fact, you can get a second hand guitar even cheaper which is great if you are just starting out.

#4 You Don’t Have Time To Learn The Guitar

While it is true that if you can devote a lot of time to guitar lessons in W1 you will progress at a faster rate, learning the guitar doesn’t need to be a full time hobby.

Even just a few hours a week of dedicated study will see you come on leaps and bounds in a matter of weeks and months. The more time you put in the more you will get out of it but it isn’t a time-consuming endeavour by any means.

#5 You Can Learn By Yourself

You can get a lot of guitar learning resources online and we encourage you to try and do some work by yourself to really push your progress on – we cover some things you can do in another blog.

That being said, nothing comes close to studying with an experienced guitar tutor in Mayfair.  Studying with an excellent guitar teacher means that your lessons are focused solely on you and your level of skill and progression.

Learning the guitar isn’t easy however with help from a tutor and guitar lessons in Mayfair you can really turn your hobby from something that you enjoy to something that you are good at.

Adult Guitarist

In my private teaching, I often come across many adults who are simply passionate about learning how to play the guitar.

Despite the fact that they have to work long hours in stressful and demanding jobs, passionate adult guitar students always find a way to practice.

This is one of the reasons why I love teaching adults.

Adults make a tremendous effort and spent an enormous amount of energy on a weekly basis to master and practice their instrument.

The most incredible thing is, adults who play the guitar for their pleasure can often with enough practice (eventually) become professional guitarists.

It might take longer due to the limited amount of practice time that is available, but with dedication and persistence some adult learners do become professional!

So I would like to encourage you – if you are learning the guitar as an adult, to persevere and persist with your practice.

Your payback time is coming…

Yes, it may be a few years before you can achieve the sound and quality of playing that you hope to achieve, but it is well with the journey.

I would also like to encourage you to work alongside a guitar mentor/teacher who genuinely cares about your progress.

I have the greatest respect for you if you study the guitar whilst maintaining a demanding and successful career.

It goes to show that absolutely anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

May your efforts be well rewarded!

 

Man-strugglingYou may have been playing the guitar for a number of years, but you still feel that your progress is too slow, and in fact you feel as if you are not going anywhere.

The good news is that this is quite common and the great news is that there is a solution to your problem.

WHAT YOU ARE DOING WRONG:

Please do remember that I am generalising this article and that obviously your situation may be different.

But what I have seen from past experience is that most guitar learners who are practising the guitar are not making progress, primarily due to the way they practice the guitar.

You are most probably playing along to your favourite recording, trying to jam guitar riffs and songs.

While these activities in and of themselves is actually beneficial, that cannot be your main method of practising the guitar.

You need to have a structured, methodical approach when practising your guitar.

THE SECRET TO FIXING EVERYTHING:

The first step towards success in your guitar playing is to recognise the fact that you need to have a great guitar instructor or mentor.

You need to find somebody who can help you get past the issues you are facing.

If you are unable to afford the services of a great instructor, then you will need to be that instructor for yourself. It is possible, but it is a lot harder.

Alongside your guitar instructor/mentor, you should fix most of your problems If you are serious about practising correctly and you work assiduously towards your goals.

HOW TO PRACTICE CORRECTLY:

The way to practice correctly is to have a structured approach. You need to do the same thing day in and day out.

There are many different ways of practising, I suggest the following:

Start out by practising your right hand technique.

After that work on your left hand.

After you have done that, you may synchronise both hands.

Now you have covered both hands. You have dealt with the technical side of playing the guitar.

Your next problem is knowledge.

I suggest a clear, step-by-step approach on working to memorise the guitar fretboard.

In this area you can practice arpeggios, scales and modes across the guitar neck anchoring it to the root notes.

I cannot give you specific arpeggio or scale to practice as that will depend on what you know already, or where you are in your guitar journey.

After you have fixed some of your knowledge issues, it is time to work on your improvisation.

Have structured and disciplined exercises to improvise along with.

Practice specific issues around The subject of improvisation. Focus on areas that you struggle with. Focus on fixing problem areas.

When just starting out, you can simply take a minor pentatonic scale and practice in a freestyle by just jamming in and out of the different different box positions.

If you are a more mature guitarist, you will need to work on selecting notes against the harmony in order to produce the most advantageous sound.

If you are a professional guitarist, you can work on something like giant steps throughout all 12 keys. Because of the symmetrical nature of the composition, you will practice all 12 keys a few times through!

The key here is to have a structure and you see the keyword that just keeps coming back – ‘structure’.

If you simply operate out of jamming and playing along with the riffs, don’t expect to develop great guitar playing. At best you will get a so-so level of guitar playing.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NEXT:

Firstly start studying with a guitar mentor that works well with your personality. Don’t just select any guitar mentor – select someone that you can actually get along well with.

If you cannot afford a guitar mentor, you will seriously need to become your own mentor – unfortunately this is very difficult to do. (If you are passionate you will find a way. If you are privileged to live in a beautiful country such as the United Kingdom, there is really no excuse.)

Make sure your guitar mentor understands structure and discipline.

Study on a weekly basis or a daily basis alongside your mentor and practice in a disciplined approach.

If you do this, it will only be a matter of time before you will become the guitarist you have always dreamed of becoming!

» Find out more about the guitar courses that I offer in London for serious guitar students here

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Get started and run

Life happens to all of us…

We all experience a fast pace, way-too-busy form of existence, ESPECIALLY if we live in London, Tokyo or NYC!

The secret is not to let that phase you!

You need to take control of things that matter to you.

Things like seriously improving your guitar playing.

Every day that goes by without you practising and developing your musicality, is simply another wasted day.

Being passionate is VERY very important and that is why you have to get started today and FINALLY become the guitarist that you deserve to be!

You really do not want 5 years to pass and STILL NOT being able to express yourself properly on this beautiful instrument. Time goes very quickly… quicker than you can imagine and that is why you need an action plan today!

You do not want to be that person in 5 years…

This short message is for you to start taking your guitar playing and musicality seriously.

Get great lessons, spend time and invest into becoming the guitarist you deserve to be.

Do WHATEVER it takes, but don’t stay where you are…. YOU are better than that!

Yes, at times it will be painful…. at times it will hurt when you try to play faster and fail… BUT if you keep on knocking the door to success will eventually open.

Whatever your musical dreams – you can achieve them by taking charge and changing your life for good!

Now go out and just do it!

Get started with your guitar lessons today!