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Frequently Asked Questions

 

- How to practice and how much to practice
- How important are scales and music theory
- How many chords do I need to learn
- What kind of guitar should I buy; i.e. electric, acoustic
- How much do I need to pay for a playable guitar
- Do I need to read music to play well
- What is an arpeggio?

- I'm not sure if I have any ability to play guitar. I don't want to
  buy one unless I'm sure I'm going to keep playing ?

- Do you teach complete beginners?
- Do you teach children?
- Do you take students with learning difficulties?
- Do you travel to the student's home or do I come to you?

     
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How to practice and how much to practice
Half an hour a day, five days a week is good. But five minutes careful
practice is much more beneficial than half an hour's half hearted practice; this
is because every time you put your fingers on the fretboard they are learning certain movements. If one practices carelessly the fingers will remember those incorrect movements; in effect you are training the fingers to make mistakes! So careful practice is essential if you are to make the best possible progress.

I always, therefore, emphasise playing slowly and carefully to allow the
fingers time to 'remember' the correct positions. This builds up a strong
technique.

How important are scales and music theory

It depends on what kind of music you want to play. Many people just learn a
few chords to sing along with. In that case, scales and theory have little role
to play. But if your aspiration is to play to a higher standard, some music
theory is important. One needs to know how chords come from scales and
which chords to use over which scales and where these chords and scales
can be played.

Someone who can apply this knowledge has taken a major step forward in
their ability as a guitarist.

How many chords do I need to learn
With a just half a dozen chords, you can play thousands of songs.

The trick, of course, is to learn to play the chords well and change them
quickly. That's the hard bit folks because it takes quite a lot of practice.
Yeah, I know, it always comes down to practice! But for songs to sound
good the chords need to be played confidently and the music needs to flow without hesitation. That takes more time; how much time depends on how much you practice.

What kind of guitar should I buy; i.e. electric, acoustic or spanish
It depends of what kind of music you want to play. You can play all kinds of
music on any type of guitar, really, so it's hard to say that one type of music
will be always played on a certain type of guitar as there will be many
exceptions to the rule.

I will be happy to discuss with you, and help you choose a good instrument,
well suited for the type of music you want to play. My phone number can be
found on the home page.

How much do I need to pay for a playable guitar
These days you can pick up a reasonable instrument for around £100.
I would avoid spending much less than that as really cheap instruments will be
harder to play and almost impossible to tune accurately. The old saying that
you get what you pay for is particularly apt when buying a guitar! But, as
mentioned earlier, I can advise you on this.

Do I need to read music to play well
With the exception of classical music, most guitarists don't read music. It's
unnecessary; many players playing at the highest levels don't read. I can
teach you to read music, but unless asked to I normally wouldn't. (more information on why can be found in the ''ABOUT ME'' section.)

What is an arpeggio?
An arpeggio is playing the notes of a chord sequentially, rather than strumming the chord quickly. There are many benefits to using arpeggios which I explain a little more of under the lead guitar section.

I'm not sure if I have any ability to play guitar. I don't want to buy one unless I'm sure I'm going to keep playing ?
The vast majority of students make great progress with the desire to play and just a little regular practice. I can bring a guitar along for the
first couple of lessons to see if playing guitar is for you, before you buy one.

Do you teach complete beginners?
Yes, I teach all level of abilities. Beginners are very welcome.

Do you teach children?
Yes, Usually from ten or eleven onwards but I sometimes take on younger children on a trial basis.

Do you take students with learning difficulties?
Yes. I have tutored asberger and autistic students who have made good progress.

Do you travel to the student's home or do I come to you?
I normally travel to the student's home, but if a student prefers to come to me that's fine also. I stay in Newton Mearns of the south side of the city.




 
 

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