How To Learn The Classical Guitar Most Effectively

I have already been teaching for more than 30 years now, within both public and state schools and in my personal home practice. I’ve found no two pupils study the exact same way or rate. It is better if you be trained with a professional Classical Guitar Tutor, as they know what are realistic targets for your learning, and will set feasible aims in keeping with that. These smaller aims will keep you enthusiastic and make sure you go on to learn the Classical Guitar in the long-term.

If you are a complete beginner, then a weekly half hour session will be a good start. You will soon know the principals and the more you learn, the more exciting it becomes. Studying the Classical Guitar is just like learning to do anything else in life, the more time you commit doing it and the more hardwork you put into it, the more it will benefit you. I used to spend hours a day practising whilst I was studying. Of course, not everybody may want to pursue the Classical Guitar as a career, and instead as a leisure activity or as a skill. Learning by yourself will be challenging, and you may find yourself becoming let down with your progress or not being able to see an improvement. The Classical Guitar is technically complex, so having a Classical Guitar tutor there will give you the confidence that you are learning the right way.

Ok, so you’ve decided to learn the Classical Guitar with a professional teacher. What do you have to get? Make sure you have the correct Classical Guitar. This is obviously the most important thing! Most good online and offline suppliers will have a dedicated section on Classical Guitars, however your teacher may recommend a particular one. Make sure that you get the correct size, as if it is too small your playing stance will develop poorly and if it’s too big you will find it hard to reach across the fretboard. These requirements will depend upon your physical size etc, so talk to the shop staff or your Guitar Tutor.

Come to your initial lesson with the right guitar and any music books (if your teacher has recommended one for you). If it is your first lesson, it is likely that your Classical Guitar Teacher will already have some music books and helpful information for you to work from. Whilst picking your teacher, check they are a member of the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) or Musicians Union, and that they have an up to date CRB check. It is always a good sign if the music tutor has a music room or studio if lessons are to be held at their residence. Obviously, for a guitar tutor to be in a school, they will have been CRB checked and are usually a member of one of the organizations I have just brought up. But it would be a good thing to check to verify.

As a guardian, don’t feel afraid to speak to the tutor direct, and ask to see the CRB or Membership number if you want to.

Some people who don’t want to decide to individual lessons right away, could do a shared lesson with a friend but be warned, one of the friends may learn faster than the other one, so you run the risk of the quicker one being bored and the other friend being discouraged. This can be eliminated by having split lessons from the very beginning.

Duet lessons and ensemble groups are the best way of playing together in a non comparative environment.

The Classical Guitar is a pleasing musical instrument, and can help you to connect with your inner performer! I hope you enjoy your voyage in learning to play the Classical Guitar.

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