Acoustic Guitar Learning Methods
The best way to learn Acoustic Guitar
The ‘Beginner’s Guide To Learning The Acoustic Guitar’ range was created to provide the best attainable start with your brand new musical instrument. This article helps you figure out the best learning methods for you and your acoustic guitar.
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People learn in different ways. Some have got photographic memories; some can speed read, while others can’t read whatsoever. We are all distinct, and for this reason, there isn’t one ‘correct’ strategy for mastering a musical instrument.
There are actually four key possibilities available to you, each making use of their good and bad points:
- Traditional, face-to-face, one-to-one learning
- Traditional, face-to-face, group lessons
- Video Tutorials
Traditional, face-to-face, one-to-one courses
If you think of acoustic guitar lessons, the initial impression is probably something similar to this…
Having private, one-to-one classes can be a remarkable experience if you discover the right teacher. There truly is no substitution for absorbing all the knowledge of your teacher.
Our Founder, Robert Emery, had been taught by Ruth Nye at the Royal College of Music. She really was one of the greatest professors in the world, and the point that Robert could absorb her expertise in four years ended up being a precious gift.
There is a dilemma, however:
Not every coach has the knowledge of Ruth Nye.
In fact, the scary thing is that to be a music mentor, you don’t need to have any credentials at all. Nothing. Zip. As a complete rookie, you could be taking income from people and pass yourself off as a professional. And this, beloved viewer, could be the main downside to a traditional educator:
You have to choose a really skilled coach that you connect with. Who realizes both you and your demands. Who causes you to have a good laugh. Whom you look ahead to going to see every week. Whenever you can find this person, you have then accomplished a little something a lot of people fail at. Getting empowered by your coach is the magic dust that will keep you learning for many years.
Of all the options in this article, this is actually the most expensive. But as usual with things in daily life, you tend to get what you pay for…
It’s worth bearing in mind that as of 2020, many top teachers have started offering lessons on Zoom or Skype, which has made many of the world’s top guitarists more accessible than ever. You could even take weekly lessons with someone living on a different continent!
Conventional, face-to-face, Group classes
Determined by your location, you may be able to discover group courses. The ethos is comparable to one-to-one training, however, the charges are reduced because the teacher needs to divide their time between all of the students.
For orchestral instruments, for instance, violins, group lessons are quite smart to start with. Nearly all professional violinists naturally find themselves as one of many violins within the orchestra. The acoustic guitar is slightly different, however. It is very much a solo instrument.
YouTube is definitely the largest source of video lessons on earth. There is no better place than YouTube to find instructional information for acoustic guitar. Because of the sheer level of choices on the platform, it’s impossible to review all of them.
Like the majority of mass appeal platforms, 95% of the content is complete junk, with the other 5% no cost gold dust. Discovering that 5%, however, is certainly challenging!
Countless players on YouTube have offered free video tutorials on how to play the acoustic guitar. Justin Sandercoe – ‘JustinGuitar‘ was one of the first guitar tutors to use the YouTube platform and has built his channel around teaching beginners. He’s had tens of millions of views and is one of the most respected online teachers
For those who don’t want to spend any money, and are prepared to commit some time in searching for top quality information that inspires you, then there is no superior place.
You will find 100’s of paid acoustic guitar classes on the net. Again, similar to YouTube, it’s unattainable to check them all. Suffice to say, two of the most well-known platforms are:
Musical instrument manufacturer Fender launched their own enormous series of lessons and courses last year after realising that the problem they faced as a manufacturer wasn’t sales but retention. Many people were giving up after just a year of playing their instruments. ‘Fenderplay‘ was their response to this problem. They have host of electric guitar, acoustic guitar and bass guitar tutorial courses for every level of player, all for \$9.99 a month.
David Butler’s ‘Artistworks’ Beginner guitar lessons course addresses many of the most common problems beginner’s face. It works out at $19.99 a month and for an additional $40 he will do a video exchange with you, offering you personalised feedback. David’s Artistworks school was one of the first platforms that offered direct access to famous players and nearly 10 years later is still one of the best
Acoustic Guitar Apps
We all learn best if the teaching is tailor-made to our own personal needs. Apps are a hybrid between standard video lessons and a real-world coach. They change their educating in relation to your response to the app. Because of this, if you aren’t in a position to have in-person sessions, we would always encourage focused apps over general YouTube videos. There are many, many apps available. We recommend:
If you’ve been on YouTube recently looking at anything guitar related, chances are that you’ve seen adverts Yousician. This resource cannot be overlooked and ignored. Any time a student brings a new song to me pre-learned before their lesson that they’ve learned on Yousician, I’m usually impressed with the results. Their prices range from $9.99-29.99 per month.
Carlos Santana Teaches the Art and Soul of Guitar
Masterclass is the premier tuition service currently available. None of the classes is designed to make you an expert. They are designed to help you ‘dip your toe’ into your genre of choice, and then use the platform to jump off into more specialised learning.
Guitar master Santana has crafted the course “Carlos Santana Teaches the Art and Soul of Guitar”. And if you are looking for inspirational videos, from a world-class performer, look no further.
Acoustic Guitar Learning Methods - Summary
Let’s keep things easy…
If you want to play popular (pop/rock etc) music, then the best ratio for being cost-effective, but higher quality content is an App. Specifically, we like Yousician.
If you want to play like a master, having Carlos Santana as your own personal teacher in his Masterclass cannot be beaten!
If you want to play classical music, have a fantastic technique, and learn to read music, then getting a face-to-face, the one-to-one teacher is by far the best option.
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