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By Harry / November 21
Are you considering learning to play the guitar, but are unsure of what guitar lessons will involve? Are you a self-taught guitar player looking to push yourself further? Whatever your level of knowledge or experience, Cornwall Guitar Academy’s lessons will help to further your playing. This article aims to shed some light on how our lessons operate, to give you a better idea of what to expect.
First of all, congratulations. Making the decision to learn to play the guitar can only ever be positive. The benefits of learning an instrument include increasing working memory, increasing your confidence and relieving stress. On top of all of this, you get the benefit of being able to play the instrument too. Turning up to your first guitar lesson can be exciting yet daunting. It is important to remember that your teacher is there to help you, not judge you. Everybody was a beginner once, including your new guitar teacher. All you need to bring to the lesson is yourself and your guitar (if you own one). When meeting new students, a large portion of the lesson will be a conversation. We will discuss your taste in music and any past musical experience you might have. We will also talk about your aspirations with the guitar, and set goals for the future. Above all else this provides an opportunity for us to get to know each other. Depending on the styles of music you are interested in playing, the lessons can then go any which way, but there is no way of avoiding the basics. It should come as no surprise that learning simple chords comes before learning a face melting solo. Despite this we will always refer back to how these basics are relevant to your favourite music. The content of lessons will always be structured around your preferences and goals. Over time we will also discuss instrument care. A good guitar with rusty brown strings is not a good guitar. You can learn how to change your guitars strings, and how to look after your guitar in a way which will prolong its lifespan. For electric guitarists, you can also learn about how to best utilise equipment such as amps and effects pedals. We can’t promise you will be transformed into a pro guitar player overnight, but if you are passionate about music and practice regularly you will surprise yourself at what you can achieve. Like learning any new skill, you get out what you put in. I can say from experience that there are few processes more rewarding than becoming a better guitarist every day.
So you have been playing a while. You know your way around the fretboard, but you’re looking to push yourself further. There are many different ways in which CGA lessons can help you progress. Often we will begin by discussing your favourite guitar players. From there we can listen to their music and dissect exactly what makes their guitar playing sound the way it does.
The answers almost always lie in the smallest details. You can learn what makes your favourite players so great and incorporate small aspects of their playing into your own. Another way we can help improve your musicianship is by improving your knowledge of music theory. It is important to understand that music theory and reading sheet music are not the same thing. We are interested in functional music theory that will aid your guitar playing. This involves understanding the relationship between different chords and scales, and understanding rhythm and time signatures. This knowledge will aid every aspect of your playing. It will help you learn material faster and allow you to communicate more effectively with other musicians. Book your first lesson for free! There is nothing to lose and lots to gain. If you still have questions about our lessons, do not hesitate to get in touch.