Classical Guitar Learning Methods
The best way to learn the classical guitar
Our ‘Beginner’s Guide To Learning The Classical Guitar’ series is designed to support you with your desire to study a brand new musical instrument. We are here every step of the way, and this section focuses on the types of learning methods that are available.
Most important types of Learning Methods for Classical Guitar
Individuals learn in different ways. Some possess photographic memories; some can speed read, while others can’t read in any way. We are all different, and for this reason, there isn’t one ‘correct’ strategy for mastering a musical instrument.
We have four clear methods of learning. They are:
- 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 classical guitar lessons, your first image might be similar to this…
Having exclusive, one-to-one lessons is definitely a remarkable experience if you discover the right instructor. There truly is no substitution for soaking up all the knowledge of your teacher.
Our Founder, Robert Emery, ended up being educated by Ruth Nye at the Royal College of Music. She really was one of the best teachers on earth, and the point that Robert could absorb her experience in 4 years ended up being a priceless gift.
There is a problem, however:
Not every mentor has the knowledge of Ruth Nye.
Actually, the frightening matter is that to be a music instructor, you actually don’t need any accreditation whatsoever. Nothing at all. Zip. As a complete beginner, you could be getting money from people and pass yourself off as an expert. And this, dear viewer, is the largest disadvantage to a traditional trainer:
You have to find a really knowledgeable coach who you connect with. Who understands both you and your requirements. Who will make you giggle? Whom you anticipate going to see each week. Provided you can find this person, you have then attained a little something most people fail at. Being inspired by your trainer is definitely the magical dust that will keep you learning for years to come.
Out of all the alternatives in this posting, this is actually the costliest. But as always with things in daily life, you usually get what you pay for…
Traditional, face-to-face, Group lessons
Many teachers also offer group lessons. The ethos is similar to one-to-one sessions, but the cost is much lower as the teacher’s fee is split amongst all the students in the group. Whilst you do get personalised feedback in group lessons, it’s worth remembering that you will progress as a group at the speed of the slowest group member
For orchestral instruments such as violin, group lessons are quite a good idea to start with. The majority of professional violinists, after all, end up as one of many violins in an orchestra.
Whilst Classical Guitar is slightly different in that it is often a solo instrument, many schools have guitar groups or guitar orchestras which students can join as an after school activity.
Learning in a group can be a great way to also get used to the group dynamics of playing with other people.
YouTube is obviously international superpower in terms of video material. You will find a massive amount within this platform for Classical Guitar Lessons and it’s not possible to review all of them.
Like a lot of things in daily life, 95% of the content you’ll stumble upon is fairly terrible, with the other 5% being absolutely fantastic. The trick is to locate the 5%, and that can be easier said than done.
There are countless classical guitar teachers who have posted free video series aimed at beginners and students on Youtube. Make sure you watch a few different people and see who’s most able to articulate their expectations of the student and what the results should be. Evan Taucher’s Classical Guitar Progress Videos are a great start for the adult beginner. He also runs a Guitar Fundamentals course for ‘Pickup music’. Evan is brilliant and is a real indication of where the classical guitar is in the 21st century.
For those who don’t want to shell out money, and are prepared to devote time while seeking for high-quality information that drives you, then there is no better place.
With an incredible number of paid classes on the internet, it’s totally impossible to examine every one of them. So we thought we would simply give you the two most favoured choices:
In the guitar world at the moment, nobody is offering a more comprehensive course than Tonebase. They have a year’s worth of beginner courses before you can move to hundreds of video lessons on technique and repertoire from the world’s greatest concert artists. Tonebase works out at around $19.95 per month on a yearly subscription.
If you want an online experience with a more personal touch, Australian guitarist Simon Powis’ Classical Guitar Corner – Academy is a large online community of players, many of whom have moved through the guitar repertoire from complete beginners with help from their peers and from Simon’s own structured courses and repertoire. They even have a yearly guitar retreat, where members from all over the world gather for a week of lessons, and great food! Membership is on offer for $397 a year, which may sound like a lot until you realise you get personalised feedback for your journey!
Classical Guitar Learning Methods - Summary
If you’ve read this far and you’re still not sure which method suits you best then don’t worry. It’s really common to be in the position that you’re in right now. And many teachers plan for this eventuality.
Whether they teach online, in person, in groups or through an online course, most teachers will offer some sort of trial period or money-back guarantee if you’re not so keen after your first lesson.
Even if a teacher doesn’t mention a trial on their site, it’s always worth asking.
A good trial will help you decide what’s best for you and it will give you a chance to meet some different teachers and see which ones you have a rapport with.
When it comes to decision time then simply trust your gut. You’ve done your research, you’ve been through some trial periods which will give you a good idea of what to expect.
With that newfound experience in hand, you’ll be well placed to make a great decision and get your learning off to the best possible start!
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