Guitar lessons in Edinburgh

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Welcome to the guitar lessons in Edinburgh blog! Here we've got some lesson material mixed in with some musings on learning music in general. Feel free to join in!

 

By Guitar lessons in Edinburgh, Jan 31 2017 03:00AM

Where is your guitar right now? In your hands?? No-one practices as much as they think they should and it's easy to get frustrated if you feel you don't have the time to spare. Finding a guitar teacher in Edinburgh is a good start as it means you've at least got an incentive to learn the material before the next lesson. At Guitar lessons in Edinburgh emphasis is given to the importance of practicing the right way. Play things slowly and don't get frustrated; if you practice slowly and carefully for 15 minutes, even if you can't hear any difference then you will still have gotten 15 minutes better at guitar. Do that everyday and over time you are gauranteed to improve, the only way to fasttrack it is to spend more time practicing. This sounds obvious, but what 99% of guitar players do is try and play everything they learn perfectly at full speed the first time they try it, which always has either 2 results: A. you can play it perfectly at full speed first time, which means it wasn't challenging enough for you to begin with, or B: you play it badly and then continually get frustrated that you can't play it and you're not improving, which results in a rut that many of us have found ourselves in. A great principle to practice by is: everything you play, you have to play perfectly every time. Now that sounds like a tall order, but if you allow yourself to slow it down and slow it down until that's achievable (and there is NO limit on how slow it might have to be) then it's really not hard at all, and it never should. Practice should NEVER be hard, though it might take a lot of time. Remember that every time you make a mistake, whether it's playing out of time, playing the wrong note, not giving each note it's full value, whatever, then you are learning that mistake, and all that achieves is making that whole process much longer and more frustrating. So try it, whatever tune you're working on, be honest with yourself and slow it down till it's perfect, practice it for a while and I gauruntee when you speed it back up you will have made serious progress from where you were before. Unless you're doing this already in which case, congratulations! You're probably already great, keep up the good work!


By Guitar lessons in Edinburgh, Nov 28 2016 03:00AM


Know the difference between learning a shape and learning a scale! Most of us have been there at some point; you've learnt a 2 octave shape for a shiny new melodic minor scale and you sit down to try and use it creatively in a solo or riff, but you can't because don't know how to apply it in your playing. This is because you've learnt a shape, not a scale. At Guitar lessons in Edinburgh learning a scale properly is completely broken down into manageable and simple to practice material. This one is for advanced students, or students wishing to take the next step from intermediate to advanced, but it can definitely benefit everyone. Learning a scale properly takes a very long time, ideally it means playing it in as many patterns and permutations as possible (such as groups of 3's, 4's, 5's, triads, 7th note arpeggios etc.) and being able to really hear where the next note is. This is not only trains your ears to hear the scale, it's also a great way to improve technique. Although this can all be contained in that little 2 octave box shape you've just learnt, at some point you'll want to apply it across the entire fretboard, which means learning a box shape for every position on the neck and learning to connect them. This takes a little time and trial and error to begin with, but it's not as hard as it sounds, and once you've mastered it there will be nothing on your instrument that's a mystery. This gets easier and easier, but it's important to stick to the basic stuff to begin with before you experiment with anything more exotic sounding! So before you try pulling out your super locrian scale, it might be better to learn the boring old major scale in a bit more detail!


Doing all of this on your own can be tricky, if you think you'd benefit from a helping hand on this subject or any other then please don't hesitate to get in contact by either using the 'contact' page of this website, or at: joshua@guitarlessonsinedinburgh.com. Alternatively, you can contact by phone on: 07982240703. Hope this helps!

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