Guitar Help and Support

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Guitar Help and Support

Guitar Help

When you learn a new instrument, it is perfectly normal to feel stuck or uncertain about the way you are learning. The “Guitar Help and Support” section is here to bring you some advice and answer the questions you might have and develop through your learning journey.

I will provide you as much information as you need to have. Feel free to get through me via the comments below. 

And if you feel like I should write an article on a specific subject because you don’t find the information anywhere else, ask ahead. I will do my best to help you.

1. What’s the best way to learn guitar?

The best way, in any case, is to learn and practice everyday. If you don’t have much time, do it only 10 minutes a day. It does not matter as long as you build a habit. If you want to get really good in any domain, you should have that mindset.

Sometimes, you’ll reach a plateau. It’s perfectly normal. Just keep practicing until you finally go to the next level. It’s important to repeat lessons you don’t master. But it’s also important to move forward and keep trying new techniques.

Also, there are many different ways you can learn guitar. Curious about it? I have summarized all the possibilities in the following article:

2. Are these courses suited for me?

Yes. As long as your wish is to improve yourself, it’s perfectly suited for you. You may want to play metal, jazz or whatever, your style will be defined by what you learn and want to learn.

And moreover, you can start wherever you like. If you already know basic techniques, you can go straight to guitar songs) and see if it matches your level. You can also review the beginner lessons in order to get the best out of them, and perfect your skills. 

There’s a music theory section on this website. Knowing a bit of the former will help you improve faster, with a better understanding of what you’re doing on your guitar. It is not essential to your progress, but it’s a big advantage.

Also, if you intend to learn another instrument like the piano or the flute, you will need to know how to read notes and signs on a music staff.

Here are a few links for you, in order to get you started:

3. What is the best guitar lesson?

Frankly, it does not exist. It’s up to you to decide where you want to go. I’m here to give you some trails to ease your search, but you have to decide eventually.

The best guitar lesson is the one that makes you improve substantially. It’s also the one you repeat over and over until you got it right.

Note that a single lesson will not make you a great guitarist. Testing new things will. You won’t stand out of the crowd if you’re stuck on one particular tuition. Learn to move on when it’s time to.

4. Is guitar for me?

Is guitar for me?

Having doubts before starting a new instrument or any new activity is perfectly normal. In fact, it’s human. 

Most of the time, guitar is for anyone, child or adult. Unless you play it in order to impress people or just because you don’t know what to do, then guitar is definitely for you.

And what’s more, it has become easier and easier to learn the guitar thanks to the advancement in technology. You can now access from any computer or smartphone to thousands of guitar lessons, made by professionals or experienced guitar players.

Are you still uncertain about learning the guitar? I have answered the question in a more detailed article. Check it out:

5. How to clean a guitar?

Dust on guitar head

The head on this guitar needs cleaning. You can see here the dust accumulating. It’s absolutely normal, especially if the guitar stays out of the case or bag for a long time.

Having your guitar dusted and polished will preserve itfrom degradation over time. 

Of course, cleaning your guitar is not an essential task. A lot of guitarists prefer to keep their instrument the way they are, no matter how dirty it can get. 

But it’s especially important if you own an expensive guitar. It can accumulate a lot of dust and dirt on the fingerboard and behind the strings.

 

Knowing a few methods will allow you to go faster when you clean your instrument.

Here’s an article on how to clean your guitar:

6. Guitar help on courses…

Having a rough time on a particular lesson? Here’s some advice:

  • Keep practicing: practicing a bit everyday will make you better. If you encounter any trouble switching from a chord to another, repeat the movement over and over until you get it. Your muscles will finally understand what you’re trying to accomplish (we call it “muscle memory”).
  • Review the basics: sometimes, you can get stuck because you’re going too fast. But you can’t run before you walk. For example, if you don’t know the major scale on your fingerboard and decide to improvise on your guitar, you might encounter a bit of trouble. So that’s why you should always review the basics when you can’t progress anymore.
  • Try another lesson: there are many different lessons on this website, and you can find others on the web.
  • Get help from someone who knows: private guitar teachers, friends, family members… The list is endless. You can also reach me in the comments anytime.

And always know what your current limits are. Don’t try something too hard if you feel you’ll never going to succeed. It’s by going step by step that you’ll find easier and easier to practice some lessons.

In any case, know that you can also get through me via the comments below. I always answer the questions people are asking. 

In the meantime, I wish you good luck on your learning journey!

By |2018-06-14T20:16:17+00:00June 13th, 2018|Guitar Help|4 Comments

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  1. Richard December 6, 2018 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Ben,

    I like that you brought out in your article that you guitar can be for everyone as I find it therapeutic to play and learn rather than being good enough to play for others. I am sure I will never been good enough to play in front of an audience however I derive a lot of enjoyment from it.

    I wanted to ask your opinion about types to play on. I have lent my guitar and I what should I look for when buying my own as an entry level one of my own?

    Rich

    • Ben December 6, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      That’s a tough question Richard. It all depends on what you like to play. The difficulty can be taken into account as well, but it should never be an issue. For example, it’s easier to start on a classical guitar or on an electric guitar as it hurts less your fingers. But if you don’t like the classical guitar, why start on it? Go straight for what you love. That’s why it’s important to go to a music shop and try different guitars and determine your own style. Thanks for your comment and let me know if you’ve got any other questions 🙂

  2. Dave M. December 6, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    You have provided a lot of fantastic information on learning guitar! I have a very basic knowledge of the guitar but have not played in years. I am interested in starting up again but have not done any research into the type of instruction I want to try. I am trying to decide between online courses like what you recommend, or finding someone locally to teach me in person. Do you think in-person lessons are better or not as good as online instruction?

    • Ben December 6, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Dave, thanks for your comment! In-person lessons are most of the time better than just online instruction. That’s of course due to the fact that the person will help you correct the mistakes that you make, and give you materials to work on, depending on your level. If you cannot afford this type of lessons, you can always go for online courses. Justin Sandercoe is one of the best guitar instructors on YouTube and you cannot go wrong with him. If you need advice as well, I can provide you guitar lessons on Skype. Let me know if you need any help! 🙂

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