How to Play Guitar - Welcome to Beginner Guitar for Grownups.
I'm Tomas Michaud. I'll be your guide throughout this journey. My goal is to not only teach you some of the basics of how to play guitar, but to set you up on a path to playing the guitar with confidence, with ease… and enjoy the process.
Learning a new skill can be daunting. I've spent years and years studying the best way to learn guitar… especially for grownups… so I can help people like you make massive progress with the least amount of struggle.
So What Makes Grownups Different?
As the owner and director of one of the largest music learning centers in the SF Bay Area I've had the privilege of interviewing hundreds of students and instructors. I've come to realize there are important differences in the learning process between young people and adults.
Now, before we get too far, I want to dispel one myth. There's a rumor going around that it's more difficult for adults to learn.
For the record it's simply not true. Adults have many advantages when learning how to play guitar … Including the ability to understand concepts faster and a greater sense of self motivation. Experience tells me that, given proper instruction, practice and a sufficient amount of time, every adult can learn to play guitar.
Tips for How To Learn Guitar
- When learning how to play guitar it's best to spend a little bit of time each day working on these lessons… say 15 to 20 minutes. This works better than spending a bunch of time and then letting several days go by.
- Take the lessons in order. You might find some of the lessons seem like material you already know. Go ahead and review the lesson anyway. You're almost always gonna find some bit of information that will help you later on.
- One issue that adults seem to have is that it's more difficult to just be a beginner. It can be uncomfortable not being able to do something, even after trying it several times. Try to allow space to fumble. Anybody who's gotten good at doing something at one time had to do it poorly… And you're no exception.Knowing this, by the way, is half the battle. I've organized this and all my lessons in a way that will take this into account and give you, as an adult, an advantage. I'll even point out ways to deal with common pitfalls and stumbling blocks throughout the lessons.Your job is to keep taking one step at a time… keep moving forward.
- Finally… It's common for adults when learning how to play guitar to have doubts about their ability to learn. You might have thoughts like “I'm too old for this” or my hands are too big, or too small. My fingers are too fat. There are many variations of this… I think I’ve heard them all. It's best not to give these thoughts too much power. Go ahead… acknowledge the thought… and then do the best you can to move on and just practice the lesson.
In the next lesson I'm going to introduce you to the guitar anatomy, the parts of the guitar, so we can communicate more easily moving forward.
Congratulations on your new adventure of learning to play guitar. I’ll see you soon in the next lesson.
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