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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: http://alexandertec.co.uk/

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

Question Mark

There are claims that you can learn anything using YouTube. All you need is an internet connection and some time to view the videos. Many new people who want to learn the guitar often start by watching YouTube tutorials and it can be a fun, inexpensive way to learn a few basics.

There are reasons why many of my students prefer one on one tuition to YouTube. While YouTube is great as an introduction, most students find they learn a lot more in one hour with me than they do spending days on YouTube searching for the ideal YouTube tutorial.

Here are the key differences.

Bespoke Lessons

We work together as a team to ensure you become the guitar player you always dreamed of becoming. In a lesson with me, I can discover your stumbling blocks, and assess your current ability. Lessons are then tailored specifically to you, in order to make sure you reach your full potential. YouTube videos are tailored for the masses and unlikely to be at a level you’re at currently, as they assume every guitar player is the same, whereas I know we should celebrate, and capitalise on, your differences.

Real Time Advice and Expertise

As you play I will give you feedback and demonstrate ways in which you can use your own habits to hone your guitar playing skills. I’ll be able to see which areas you excel at and which need improvement, thus accelerating your learning and making guitar lessons more productive for you overall.

Your Choices

You don’t have to learn to play someone else’s song choices with one to one guitar lessons in London. We’ll tailor a strategy to get you up to speed as soon as possible and you can also tell me about the songs you’ve always wanted to learn to play on the guitar.

Lessons that Grow With You

In every lesson your expertise will grow and our next lesson together will be completely bespoke to your current skill level. YouTube is great for practicing but nothing beats one on one guitar lessons in London for learning to play the way you want to.

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.

Never Give Up

Retired and looking for a new hobby?

Maybe you need something to take your mind off work?

The great thing about learning the guitar is that you are never too old to start. While everyday life sometimes takes over, having a hobby that you can set out objectives and work towards is a fantastic way to use your spare time in a productive way.

It is also a great stress reliever.

People often think that taking guitar lessons in Mayfair is something they should have done 20 years ago. While many guitarists do start in their younger years the reality is that no-one is too old to begin learning with a guitar teacher.

Everyone Can Learn The Guitar

“I’m not talented” is a common phrase you hear when it comes to guitar lessons. Sure, having natural musical talent does help but it is not the be all and end all of learning the guitar.

You can learn how to play the guitar in a systematic way. No-one expects you just to pick up the instrument and start blaring out ‘All Along The Watchtower’ by Jimi Hendrix – if you can then there is no need for you to look for a guitar instructor in Mayfair – however with hard work you can master the basics and go from there.

If you have fingers, hands and a desire to learn then there is no reason you can’t start making music on your guitar.

You Don’t Need Prior Experience

So you might have tried to play a Guns N’ Roses song on someone’s guitar at a party back in your university days and it didn’t quite go to plan. Don’t worry because you don’t need any prior experience to take guitar lessons in Mayfair.

The great thing about taking guitar lessons is that you can go at your own pace and the lessons are planned around your learning speed and experience. If you have no experience then no problem – lessons are designed to get you acquainted with the fundamentals. If you do have some prior experience then the lessons are structured to hone your existing skills.

Guitar lessons in W1 are flexible and designed personally for your ability.

Getting The Most Out Of Guitar Lessons in Mayfair

One thing that you do need to get the best experience from your guitar lessons is the desire to not only learn but improve as well.

If you get the basics of playing the guitar such as chords, different styles of guitar music etc… then you can progress your skills. There is no need to have any extraordinary or natural talent to succeed – in fact, we cover 5 myths of learning to play the guitar – you just need a keen and focused mind.

Still, think you have missed the chance to pick up the guitar?

Why not take a guitar lesson in Mayfair and see for yourself that you are never too old to develop a skill that not only impresses people but can be a lot of fun as well.