Become A Guitarist
Music, practice, time, resources – learning to play the guitar might be difficult done overnight, but it certainly can be done from the comfort of your own home. You may be finding yourself with a lot more spare time that you’re using for playing with the cats or watching Tiger documentaries. If you haven’t yet, seize this as an opportunity to dust off those guitar strings and knuckling down to some learning.
What does learning the guitar at home require? Well.. firstly an instrument, some structure and decision-making. You may already be tapping your pick against the table thinking when will I play the solo at the end of Bohemian Rhapsody, but you need a guitar above anything else.
Depending on your budget, an acoustic guitar from any online retailer like Andertons or Dawsons will do the trick and I would advise for your first, something cheap and cheerful before going into your local specialist music shop to try and play a few when you want to upgrade.
With a trusted sword on our belts, it’s time to head to battle and depending on the kind of person you are, there are a host of books, apps or teacher options allowing you to find whatever suits your style of learning; no excuses!
Online you can find countless videos on YouTube, with tutorials on every guitar topic from tuning to strumming to playing scales and improvising. However if you’re like me and you prefer a good book then I’d recommend Guitar Method by Hal Leonard. There are lots of options out there, just check the reviews! The Fender Tune App is great for a standard guitar tuner or if you know a bit about the guitar already then maybe try the Guitar Tool Kit app on which you can see all the scales and keys on the fretboard for a very affordable price.
Every guitarist wants to be Jimi Hendrix, but it’s just a phase so don’t get agitated if it’s taking you longer than you thought, enjoy that journey and keep a notebook to relate back to and acknowledge those small achievements. Keep that drive going, designate some time each day or week to progress and write up your aims and achievements. Don’t be put off by the strain of your fingers, because tomorrow they won’t be hurting like they did today.
Finally remember never to put added pressure on yourself. The London Guitar Academy is home to a whole selection of professional and engaging teachers, so if you find yourself stuck get in touch and we’d be happy to help. We do online lessons among our own studio and home visits, so no need to leave the house. You can just pop that cat documentary on pause.
Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults
Have you always dreamt of learning to play guitar but never tried? No problem! It’s never too late and you can still learn as an adult. Here at London Guitar Academy, the most experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic tutors are happy to teach you all the techniques to become a confident guitarist.
Are you ready to start? Let’s go!
Obstacles to overcome
Learning guitar as an adult is not the same thing as doing this as a child. There will be certainly some difficulties you will have to face, but with a few tips, they won’t be a problem.
First of all, you have to find the time. Job, family, and daily chores indeed bring the majority of our time, but if you’re motivated, the guitar can, however, be a priority.
That doesn’t mean you have to set impossible goals: practising every day for only five minutes is more useful to improve your music skills than constantly skipping your a-hour-an-half training because you have to go grocery shopping / take your children at school.
Then, be realistic: as an adult, you will never become an international rockstar, so lower your expectations. Anyway, you can become a good guitarist, and perform in front of your friends or (why not?) on a local stage.
Essential techniques and beautiful songs to play
The first rule to learn fast to play guitar is the same for all ages, that is, PRACTISING. However, while children have less difficult to apply this rule – because they like better playing than studying theory – adults tend to be more… rational, so they often ask too many questions and want to find a logic.
But the point is that music is an art, not a matter of logic.
So, stop asking why that finger must pick that precise string and let yourself be carried away by the magic of melodies. Of course, you will have to train your fingers numb by typing on your computer keyboard.
Talking about something else, adult guitar students have a big quality, they generally know a lot about the different music genres, because they listened to a lot of music when they were young.
As a consequence, they have a wider music background than kids, so it is less boring for them to learn classic songs from the past decades. A good idea is to start from a song that you like and that suits your level.
Some good titles for beginners are:
- One of Us by Joan Osborne
- Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day
- Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
- Twist and Shout by The Beatles
Social benefits of playing guitar
Playing guitar has social benefits for an adult too because it allows you to know people of your same age to share the passion for music and improve music and rhythmic skills.
Look for guitar ensemble in your area or Facebook groups. Maybe you will find other beginning adult guitarist as you to spend spare time and have fun together. You can, for example, go to concerts, play at village fairs, pubs…
Are you still convinced that you’re too old to learn guitar? Contact us for your first lesson!