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 12 2018 01:35AM

This may seem to be a very biased topic on the blog of an edinburgh guitar teacher, however I have supplemented my own guitar education with lessons throughout the course of my learning, and I also wouldn't turn my nose up to learning a few things from someone now, if I thought I'd find it useful.


Many of us hear of all these great 'self taught' players, and aside from it being a claim many people make without it being entirely true, it's a truism that the vast majority of people don't have the musical maturity when they're learning an instrument to know what's important to sounding good, and know where they're going wrong. One would be surprised how little the learning musician can really hear how they sound; this is paramount if you want to actually get better, and it's a key aspect that getting Edinburgh guitar lessons should be able to help you with.


Furthermore it's entirely human nature to want to see results from doing something difficult sooner than is reasonable (think losing weight/getting in shape). However with guitar this leads players to practice in the worst way possible and give themselves massive flaws in their technique. A classic example is the wannabe shredder that practices everything as fast as possible because that's their end goal; they've heard Steve Vai and Joe Satriani and are trying to copy it right away. What they haven't seen however are the hundreds of hours of slow practice that people who can play fast have done before you've ever heard them play.


One of the other major things most people might gain from Edinburgh guitar tuition is not just how to practice, but what to practice. So many players will find themselves sitting playing over the same things they already know, or trying to take on too much at once, or simply overwhelmed (as I have often felt) by everything they want to or feel they should be learning. If you have a good teacher and you are enthusiastic about getting better then it's by far the most efficient method. On the other hand if you're just starting out or at an intermediate level then you might just not know where to start, or not want to learn any bad habits before it gets too late. As always, to find out more check out www.guitarlessonsinedinburgh.com

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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