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Guitar Lessons: Enjoyment and self expression
I wish to take you on a journey to explore the secrets of this magnificent instrument, the guitar. Furthermore, open an extended gateway for your ongoing personal development and well being in your life.
Music is the language of emotions and the guitar is the tool we will use to tap into those unique, beautiful, inner feelings, we all have.
I wish to guide you on your journey on how to play the guitar. Our learning experience will produce a tool box which will give you the skills you need to play whatever you wish, and how you wish. The ultimate goal of your guitar lessons is enjoyment, through self expression.
The guided pathway
At the Creative Guitar School, I cater for all levels of learning in a diversity of styles through your guitar lessons. I would now like to address the learning goals of those who are just starting out.
All musicians need to start out. Furthermore, we all deserve the right to reach our goals. However, we may find obstacles along the way and crash into them. When this happens, frustration may settle in and the guitars may end up on our walls.
I want all guitar beginners in a years time, from when you start your guitar lessons, to be able to play, off by heart, the following or similar tracks.
We generally learn three tracks, per course, of similar material.
Students learn a total of 6 simple songs of their choice in two levels in their guitar lessons.
- Compose a few songs like the following:
- Students compose one song per level
- Play three concerts. Please follow this link to see the 2016 and 2017 Guitar students and teacher concerts
- Play along , off by heart tracks by: Police, Ed Sheeran, Justin Beiber, Paco de Lucia, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Norah Jones, Bb King, and James Brown.
How to study and progress with joy
We will learn to play on the guitar all the above, off by heart and with joy. I must insist, that you have to feel good about what you do, every step of the journey. You have to have fun.
A student needs to understand what they know, what they do not know and how to get to the next step of their learning, with care and patience.
The more we are able to feel what we are doing, the quicker we will learn. We will only remember physical movements for a short period of time. But, we will remember a song and how to play it for life, if we relate movements to specific sound and emotion.
I assume you have listened briefly to the above material. How do we go from knowing nothing, to playing all the above material?
We need to first establish that everything we play, must be related to a structure: it must have a beginning, an end and a tempo. We learn to play the guitar swiftly, only if we reproduce the same scenario that occurs in the professional world, in a simple musical context.
In your guitar lessons, you will start off by learning chords and rhythm. If you follow the exercises correctly, in 3 weeks time, you will be playing a song from top to bottom.
In order to learn efficiently, you must be able to hear what you do, feel it and know where the sound is to be found on the guitar. You need to memorise melodies and the corresponding harmony associated.
You need to hear the harmony in advance, so as to anticipate the desired emotion. In order to hear, you must sing or mumble and you need to create. Only when you create, will you be able to make sense of melody, harmony, rhythm and structure.
You cannot memorise a mechanical movement outside a musical context. There must be a targeted desired sound and emotion so you may memorise what the movement is for. I will guide you, with specific exercises to help you hear and find the sound on the guitars.
Short Term Goals
In a short period of time, you will be able to play simple melodies, solo guitar, play in a group setting, play bass lines, counter lines, create diversity in rhythm and have lots of fun.
You also need to follow discipline which is based on repetition with love and respect for your limits. There should be no need for frustration or negative thoughts in your learning.
Very soon you will experience positive results and find the joy of sharing music in a group setting, creating your own melodies and hearing how they come life.
You will notice that I have not mentioned the word technique, as such really is only a consequence of all the above. We need movement to create music and all the above exercises, require solid technique, for us to be able to feel them and enjoy the experience.
How much do I need to dedicate per day for my guitar practice ?
I have designed the courses so that if you dedicate 20 minutes, every day, during 20 weeks you will have accomplished all goals.
Guitar learning requires constant dedication and work, but the results are extremely rewarding.
I have designed a series of exercises to be completed in group settings, to encourage guitar students to interact and get together outside classroom hours. This will help you in your training.
All guitar students will get a chance to play at the School concerts. We celebrate the events every 10 weeks.
You can do it
There is no secret in learning to play the guitar. We only need dedication and above all, to understand what we are doing and why. Music is not just about playing chords, it is about playing a song in a tempo, with a beginning, an end, with changes, sections, and intensities.
You tube videos, generally, show us how to play a song with chords. But, not what to take into consideration to be able to coordinate all the movements, in a sequence and in relation to a specific tempo.
All songs are glued together by tempo. All the exercises you will enjoy in your guitar lessons are based on playing in tempo. Which would be like feeling a constant heart beat to your playing.
Please call me to schedule an interview for your guitar lessons. I need to assess your skills and recommend you the appropriate group for your learning, based upon your musical knowledge, aural and visual learning skills.
The next level
Once you have completed your first two levels, you will be ready to understand how to learn any style or music of your choice. You will have all the tools you need to undergo further challenges and the resulting joy of such.
All courses are scheduled during the evenings. Private guitar lessons are scheduled during morning and afternoon hours.
If you would like to learn more about my professional activities, outside the educational scenario, please refer to my Melbourne Concert Latin Flamenco Guitar Site.