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Learning Guitar "Later in Life" - Instruction

Posted by Albert Elkaim on July 7, 2014 at 8:41am 0 Comments

Let's just say that I am a mature student (51).  Never studied music or played any instrument but the desire was always there.  I embarked on this journey about 2 months ago and I thought I would start a blog to share some of my findings and/or experiences.  My first blog is related to instruction.

1)      The single most important thing I learned is the value of a good teacher.  If you can afford it, nothing is better than one-on-one instruction…

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Helpful outline for organizing your progress. The 6 Key Areas

Posted by Steve Manning on May 21, 2014 at 1:03pm 0 Comments

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The 6 Main Areas of Focus

 It is helpful to breakdown all the stuff you should be practicing into six key areas.

Area One: Concept- Technique

This is where you focus on very specific technical things that you would like to improve. What I like to do is find technical problems that I am currently having and design exercises that solve those problems. Obviously, if you are not advanced yet you may need…

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Us & Them

 Exhibit A-Standard, average guitar lesson: Your guitar teacher sure can play! He plays lots of cool stuff in the lesson, though he's not quite sure how to show you how to duplicate it as he just does it! Just do what he does.Can't be that hard.

 Or you have the teacher who grabs one of the many popular guitar method books and has you play through it paying little or no attention to your tuning, fingering, posture or mental attitude that could be inhibiting your progress and…

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Created by Steve Manning May 29, 2012 at 8:40am. Last updated by Steve Manning May 29, 2012.

Form your own Group!

Welcome to Groups on GI or to put it in terms more familiar to us, the Combos section. GI is a unifying entity, built on the knowledge and input of its membership. We love that collective spirit, but we also want to tap into the specialized expertise every member possesses and allow them to collaborate with other (like-minded) members on more specific topics.

 

Are you a classical player who wants to discuss specific techniques or do you come to GI specifically…

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Created by Steve Manning Sep 12, 2011 at 6:01am. Last updated by Steve Manning Sep 12, 2011.

 

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Learning Guitar "Later in Life" - Instruction

Let's just say that I am a mature student (51).  Never studied music or played any instrument but the desire was always there.  I embarked on this journey about 2 months ago and I thought I would start a blog to share some of my findings and/or experiences.  My first blog is related to instruction.1)      The single most important thing I learned is the value of a good teacher.  If you can afford it, nothing is better than one-on-one instruction with the right person.  Technical guitar players…See More
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Learning Guitar "Later in Life" - Instruction

Let's just say that I am a mature student (51).  Never studied music or played any instrument but the desire was always there.  I embarked on this journey about 2 months ago and I thought I would start a blog to share some of my findings and/or experiences.  My first blog is related to instruction.1)      The single most important thing I learned is the value of a good teacher.  If you can afford it, nothing is better than one-on-one instruction with the right person.  Technical guitar players…See More
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Practice Makes...

Hi Guys and welcome to a new feature of Guitar Insight, Pracice Makes...(striving for perfect!)
 
A healthy, regular practice routine is paramount to your growth & improvement as a guitarist. In this column myself and hopefully other pro members will discuss and suggest regiments/approaches that you will find useful.

I'm not going to tab anything or include any notation yet but merely start with a suggestion:

Organize Your Practice Session

What I mean by this is allot time periods for working on specific aspects of your playing. Here's a breakdown of a 2hour practice session:
20 minutes: Warm Ups such as hand/finger/forearm stretches then chromatic scales.
20 minutes: Major Scales- Do a few keys each day-review and add more when the initial keys are thoroughly learned.
20 minutes: Chords/Inversions- smooth out rough chord changes and analyze progressions that are challenging you

Take a 5minute break-Have a tea or coffee-come back revived

30 minutes: Lift and transcribe a favourite solo or progression
30 minutes: Work on some of your originals (You can switch the order of those two if it helps)

There you have it- the 2hours should fly by and you will see gains in your playing almost immediately. Remember these are guidelines only, a novice or hobbyist can do less-say 20 minutes a day, and an aspiring pro or student preparing for college/University would accomplish more with a 4-6hour practice routine.

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Onwards guitar soldiers!
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