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1. The Secret to Becoming a Good Guitar Player

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Most people who own a guitar are NOT good players, and will NEVER become good players. You may know a number of people who own guitars, but who have never went on to become good players. You may hear them, friends, family members, or even yourself say phrases such as following:

• “Natural talent”
• “A musical ear”
• “Sense of rhythm”
• And so on…yawn!

These are all myths! Although it is correct to say that some people will pick up learning guitar quicker than others, everyone has to put in the work to earn any success on the instrument.

Playing guitar is a skill that anyone can learn. If you can learn how to speak or drive, then you can learn how to play guitar. Do not let other people’s opinions (misguided opinions) influence your chance to succeed on guitar.

The fact is that they COULD become good players if they followed this simple formula:

1. Take lessons from a dedicated guitar teacher.
2. Stick at it long enough by investing at least 6 months.
3. Keep practicing over a number of years.
4. Result = good guitar player.

In conclusion, you ABSOLUTELY do have the potential to become a good guitar player – FACT!

Now that you know this BIG SECRET, you can educate those around you as to why you are going to succeed on guitar, where most will fail.

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2. What You Should Practice

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Divide your practice time as follows:

• 5 to 15 minutes – A piece from Book 1 or Book 2
• 5 to 15 minutes – Chord changing and songs
• 5 to 15 minutes – Playing something of your choice

Here’s some examples of how you could practice throughout a week –

Day 1 -

10 mins - Ode to Joy, Prelude in G Major, Springtime

Day 2 -

10 mins - Oasis - Songbird, One Minute Chord Changes, Ben King – Stand by Me

Day 3 -

10 mins - Classic Riffs, Ode to Joy, America – A Horse With No Name

Practice in a structured way with things we work on in lessons that are necessary for your guitar playing, but also give yourself time to “play” things for fun like your favourite songs.

Remember, if you are having a busy time in your life or other things come up, don’t let this get you down. Read the article in your welcome pack, “When You Don’t Get Time to Practice”.

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3. Why Random Internet Lessons Hurt Your Playing
Learning “New Stuff” Does NOT Make You A Better Guitar Player


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Learning how to play guitar and get the results you want – TO BE GOOD – does not happen by learning “new stuff” on a regular basis.
When you come to your guitar lessons, we will of course learn new things, new songs, etc. along the way, but there is absolutely no point and no advantage to you in filling your head with new bits of information.

The reason why people feel frustrated with their guitar playing and sometimes at their rate of progress is not to do with how much “stuff” they know, it is to do with how good their skills are.

It is important for you to realise that the level of skill you have is FAR more important than how many songs you can play. When a new song comes along that everyone likes, there is often no real advantage to you in learning it. It may in fact hamper your progress! I can speak from personal experience in telling you that learning your favourite songs is NOT the ideal way to learn how to play guitar.

Of course, you want to play the songs you like, but you must consider your long term guitar playing before you look up a random guitar lesson on YouTube, from someone that has never met you, from someone who could be a total amateur, and from someone who has absolutely zero plan in place to help your personally.

You WILL become a good guitar player by training and practicing with the material I give you, trying to constantly improve your current set of skills.

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4. Play Slow, Don’t Get Frustrated

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Over the course of your lessons, you will often here me say, “play slowly”. This is the most common thing I will say in the lessons and something I often repeat every lesson, even with people I have taught a long time, or even if I am learning something myself. It is very normal to want to play things fast. What you must do however, is resist the urge to play too fast because it will lead to becoming frustrated and having far less success in whatever it is you’re trying to learn. Throughout the lesson notes, you will see the following bullet points come up for this very reason:

• Resist the urge to play too fast. I want you to concentrate on playing the right notes in the right way instead of worrying about speed.
• You must look back and forth at both your picking and fretting hands to make sure that you are doing things correctly. I know it is difficult to remember to do this and look at page, but you must get used to doing this. When you encounter problems, it is important that you identify where the problem is coming from, so you have to look at your hands.

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Post by Admin on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:14 pm

5. I Can’t Do This…YET

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Something that ties in with playing slowly and not getting frustrated is how you can be successful in learning new pieces of content from the lessons, or things you learn of your own accord (although NOT random Internet lessons!).

You can do this by breaking things into small parts, practicing them slowly and reminding yourself that you have learned other things before that seemed hard at first, but that you could eventually play them. So never say, “I can’t do this.” Instead, say, “I can’t do this yet.”

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Post by Admin on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:16 pm

6. Become 10 Times Better At Playing Guitar, AT LEAST!

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How Does This Work?

Practice one item 10 times in front of me in the EXACT way that I instruct you to do. Sound good? Great!

Now, when you get home, you need practice the item in the EXACT same way. Follow the personalised practice schedule I give you each week, and get as much done as you can. Practice each item in the way you were shown in the lesson, and you will drastically improve as a guitar player!
This all sounds like common sense, but really make sure you do this.  

Let’s Take An Example:

At home, John practices one item on his practice schedule 10 times in the EXACT way he was instructed in his last lesson. He has improved this particular item by a factor of 10 already.  

John is really keen to practice, so he practices 7 days a week and follows the same process. Between the last time I saw him and his next lesson, he has practiced the item 70 times correctly! He has got 70 times better at playing this piece because he practiced it in the right way, and regularly!

Can you do this? Of course you can! Can you do this for all the content you receive? Of course you can!

Even if you only practiced 3 days a week and practiced an item correctly 5 times, you will still have improved it by a factor of 15. Even at busy points in your life when practice time is reduced, you can always remember this and be sure that you can always improve your own guitar playing.

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Post by Admin on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:24 pm

7. Resources for Tuning Your Guitar

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How to Tune Your Guitar from Larne Guitar School on Vimeo.




Standard Tuning for Acoustic Guitar from Larne Guitar School on Vimeo.




Standard Tuning for Electric Guitar from Larne Guitar School on Vimeo.




How to Relatively Tune Your Guitar from Larne Guitar School on Vimeo.




Using a Tuning App for Your Phone from Larne Guitar School on Vimeo.



Tuning apps for your mobile phone are handy and a nice back up to a clip on tuner. I still recommend that you purchase a clip on tuner as your primary tuner.

Download Guitar Tuna here:
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Download PitchLab here:
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Download Free Guitar Tuner here:
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Free online tuner:

This is a good free online tuner - http://www.jamplay.com/tools/online-guitar-tuner

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8. Playing with a Metronome

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Playing with a Metronome from Larne Guitar School on Vimeo.




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Metronome Etude Played at 60bpm from Larne Guitar School on Vimeo.




Using a Metronome App for Your Phone from Larne Guitar School on Vimeo.



Metronome apps for your mobile phone are very convenient. I do recommend mechanical metronomes as well however.

Download Tempo Perfect here:
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Download Real Metronome here:
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Download Mobile Metronome here:
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Post by Admin on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:39 pm

9. Practicing Away from the Guitar

Do you know that you can practice when you don’t actually have your guitar in your hand?

Practicing away from the guitar is really going to help you become a better player. You can try it out in the following situations:

• If you get injured
• If you don’t have access to your guitar
• On a break from work, school or something like this
• If you are on holiday.

Check out the audio session here -

https://vimeo.com/album/3830582

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How You Can Still Progress On Guitar Even When Injured from Larne Guitar School on Vimeo.



In a guitar player’s life, he or she may unfortunately injure themselves at one point or another. This may leave them without the ability to use their picking and strumming hand for weeks to months. Do we give up playing the guitar and guitar lessons at this point? No! I’m going to show you how this is an opportunity to heavily invest in improving your playing and enjoying the process of doing so too!

Listen to David Brennan talk about his experience here.

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Post by Admin on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:42 pm

10. The Don’t Look Challenge

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Have you ever seen another guitar player playing something effortlessly and thought to yourself, “I wish I could do that”? I know I have. It would be good to get to the point of being able to play something without even looking at either of your hands. There is no reason why you can’t do this with practice.

The following strategy should only be used on a piece of music once you are very comfortable with it. This can be applied to anything else that you know as well.

There are a number of ways to do this:

• Close your eyes
• Look up at the ceiling
• Wear a blindfold
• Turn the lights off
• Please be careful when doing these things of course. Don’t blame your teacher if you fall over.

*Once again, you should only do this on something that you are very comfortable with.*

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11. Equipment Recommendations

Where I buy picks:

http://www.guitarplectrums.co.uk

For acoustic guitar players, I recommend the following picks. Beginners are encouraged to go with the 0.50mm to start with:

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For electric guitar players, I recommend these picks. Beginners are encouraged to go with the thinner picks to start with:

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Where I buy strings:

http://www.ernieball.co.uk

For acoustic guitar players, I recommend the following strings. Look out for the gauge of strings when purchasing them. You don’t want to get too thick a gauge because it will be harsh on your fingers:

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For electric guitar players, I highly recommend the following strings. You get a multipack of 3 sets here:

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Did you know that you can buy individual strings for both acoustic and electric guitar? This is useful for purchasing a certain string that you may find breaks more often than others. Instead of buying a whole new set to get that one string, this gives you another option:

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Instrument care:

As you may notice, your guitar can gather dust and the strings can get dirty and worn over time. These Ernie Ball instrument care packs are very useful:

http://www.ernieball.co.uk/c/instrument-care

Snark Tuners:

Tuning your guitar is essential. I do prefer and expect the guitar to be tuned before the lesson. I recommend these Snark tuners:

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Just make sure you check that you get one for guitar, and not ukulele or bass. Also, it can be very easy to leave the tuner on and let the battery die out quickly. Remember to check this. Trust me, I know!

Metronome:

As you will discover from taking lessons with me, I highly recommend using a metronome. A good free online metronome is here –
http://www.metronomeonline.com/

What I highly recommend is a mechanical metronome, like the one I use in lessons. You can get quite cheap clip on digital metronomes, but I don’t recommend these because you can’t hear the beat of them over your own playing.  

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Post by Admin on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:50 pm

12. What Happens if I Break a String or Want to Change Them?

Strings break. It’s no big deal and it will happen at some point as you play guitar. Don’t stress about it. If this happens, this is what you can do -

How to change your guitar strings:

Please check out these excellent videos on how to change your guitar strings if one happens to break or you just want to put on a fresh set.
For acoustic guitar:



For electric guitar:




If a string breaks in a lesson, I may be able to change it there and then if I have time. I am happy to show you how to change them if you would like to request this. We need to set some time aside in a scheduled lesson to do this however, so let me know in advance.

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