I had been playing guitar for about a year when I got my first lesson from a real teacher, at age 12. The teacher was a jazz guitarist named Mike Martin. He was really good at guitar, in a laid back kind of way, and he had a lot of discipline and patience.
His instruction method was simple. He would play something on the guitar, then I would try to copy it. If I couldn’t do it right away, he would slow it down and show me again until I got it right. Once I got that part down, he would go on to the next thing.
It took a while before I really started to get the hang of things, but after six months of lessons I had learned more than I did in the previous year teaching myself. And what’s more, I started to develop my own style which was influenced by Mike’s playing as well as other players like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton who were popular at the time.
Here are five lessons that shaped my guitar style…
In the next few posts I will be sharing a couple of lessons that shaped my guitar style and helped me on my journey of learning how to play the guitar.
In this first post we will be taking a look at 5 lessons that have shaped my style and helped me to learn how to play the guitar.
1. Learn How To Play The Guitar With A Metronome
2. Use Scales To Improve Your Soloing Skills
3. Use Strings Smartly When Playing Guitar
4. Learn How To Play The Guitar By Ear
5. Learn How To Read Music
This is a guest post from Rob Chapman.
I was lucky enough to be taught by some amazing teachers and players in my time, but these 5 lessons were what shaped my style the most.
My first guitar lesson was with an amazing teacher called Dave Gregory. He taught me how to hold the guitar, how to tune it and how to pick it and even showed me a few chords.
He then demonstrated a simple song called “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. I’d never seen anyone play that way before and it blew me away, I wanted to play like him! I still have the original sheet music he gave me, with his notations on it.
The main thing I remember learning from Dave was that you can play a song in many different ways; you can play it fast, slow, loud or soft, using different techniques and patterns and that really opened up my mind to what was possible on the guitar.
If you’re starting out with guitar or trying to get back into it after a long hiatus, then you’ll likely find yourself asking the question, “What are the most important things to know on guitar?”
I remember thinking this in my early days as well. I wanted to learn as much as possible about playing. I had so many questions about what I should learn, how I should learn it and when I should learn it. It was an exciting time in my life, but also very overwhelming.
So, today I’d like to share five of the most important lessons that shaped my guitar style. These lessons come from years of experience — both good and bad — and are meant to help give you a guideline for taking your own journey with guitar.
1) Basics First (Play Slow)
The first thing that changed my approach to learning guitar was understanding that if I wanted to be great at something then I needed to start with the basics.
It sounds simple, but this is a lesson that’s taken me years to really understand. The tendency for most people is to turn up the speed dial on their practice routine and try to play fast right away. After all, isn’t speed what makes a great guitarist?
Well, sort of…but not really
I was 13 when I started playing guitar.
I was a fan of bands like Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and so many more, but I never imagined myself as the guy playing guitar on stage. I was more of the kid standing in the pit singing along with a beer in my hand.
Now, years later, I can say that learning to play guitar has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Through the many ups and downs of being a musician, guitar has always been there for me.
And while it’s easy to just pick up a guitar and start strumming chords, it takes a lot longer to actually sound good. It’s taken me years to get to where I am today with my playing, but now that I can look back on my journey, I can see 5 distinct phases that shaped the way I play now.
A while back, I was watching one of my favorite guitarists, Joe Bonamassa, play at the Royal Albert Hall in London. After he finished playing a song called “So Many Roads,” he said that he really wanted to thank the guitar teacher who had taught him how to play it.
The guitarist was going on and on about how much he loved this particular teacher and how much this teacher had influenced his playing. And then, when he was done talking about his guitar hero, he started talking about how he’d first heard the song from another guitar player.
He went into detail about what guitars this other player used and what effects pedals and amps he used.
“I thought it was great,” Bonamassa said, “and I wanted to sound just like him.”
And so the lesson ended with a shout-out to two great guitar teachers: the first for teaching him how to play it and the second for inspiring him to want to play it.
You can learn a lot from that video. You can learn that no matter how good you are as a guitar player, there will always be someone better than you. You can learn that you should never stop trying to improve your playing. And you can learn that even if you’re
When I was 16, I started playing guitar. I hadn’t really done much before that except for some piano lessons when I was a little kid.
I was still in high school, and had never been in a band or played with anyone else. I just wanted to play the music I liked, but didn’t know how to go about it, so I took some lessons.
My first guitar teacher taught me how to read sheet music, scales, and chords. It was good stuff to know and helped me get started.
But what really turned my playing around were the next three teachers that followed him, and the lessons they taught me. So I thought it would be cool to share them with you today.
Lesson 1: Who cares if you can’t read sheet music?
My second guitar teacher taught me how to improvise jams over chord progressions, use alternate picking technique, and how to play in time with a metronome (those are those weird ticking things that musicians use).
This is all good stuff too, but what was most important was that he taught me how to play “by ear.” Now this may not sound like a big deal if you’re already used to doing it, but at the time this opened up a whole