Month: March 2021

How to help your child when they are learning to play the guitar through praising them “correctly”

Help your child to learn the guitar by motivating them in the right way. 

One way is to praise them in a way that motivates them to work harder. 

One way to do this is to give them simple observations. So instead of saying, You’re really playing off the beat they’re saying, I really liked it in the section where you played on the beat. Oh, instead of saying, Why do you have to play so loud is hurting my ears, say, I really liked it in the section, when you play the little quieter, because then I could really hear the nose ringing out. Just observe what they’re doing and comment on it is one way to give feedback to your child without criticising them. After all, if you’ve never done music before, how do you know that’s not how they’re supposed to be playing the piece.

Also, the more you criticise a child, the less likely they’re gonna want to share with you what they’ve been doing. And if practising guitar is such a big part of getting better at playing the guitar they might not want to practice around you anymore. And I’m guessing you live with your child.

So that means they won’t be practising very much at all. As soon as interest that they will lose interest in the instrument, because of it. That’s three praise your child on the effort that they’ve been pushing.One thing that a lot of parents do, is that they will go over the top the other way instead of criticising them, everything their child does they’ll say, That’s amazing. What great playing, that sounded wonderful. Now on the surface, it might seem like you’ve been supportive but actually has the opposite effect.

Psychologically, because your child will want to play things that sound wonderful to you all the time. They won’t want to try new things.

It seems counterintuitive that praising your child doesn’t motivate them. It’s important that you find ways to praise your child that encourages them to work harder and want to be curious and try new things.

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Unexpected road blocks for beginner guitar players Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about how your ear can deceive you as you are starting to learn to play the guitar.

And also how if you don’t know what to play or practise. That it can be really demotivating when you try to learn by yourself.

What you can do to help

This is when having a guitar teacher can really help you, they can give you a lot of guidance and you want to find one that’s got a lot of experience with teaching complete beginners. Asked for testimonials for asked for asked to see other students that they’ve taught before and see how they’ve gone. 

Getting Stuck on Barre Chords

If you’re a little bit more experience with playing the Guitar maybe about six months into it you might come across barre chords , where you hold down one finger and then a shape with the other few fingers and play five or more of the strings. 

This is a point where a lot of people give up because of the position and tension that the carrying with their wrists and fingers. It causes a lot of aches and pains and it starts to make their guitar playing hurt a lot. And they don’t know what to do and it takes away the enjoyment of learning new songs and avoiding songs that might have barre chords in it. 

Again a guitar teacher who has experience helping students with these type of challenges will know how to help you overcome them. I’ll be able to see where your fingers are at if they’re in the right position. They’ll be able to give you tips on how to practice so you can build strength gradually rather than diving straight into them. They will be able to give you exercises and the right song is a place to help keep you motivated.

Hopefully knowing these few things Will help you in your journey of learning guitar as a beginner guitar player. 

If you are interested to know more things that will help you to become a better guitar player and have more fun. Then keep following this blog for more information! …

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Unexpected road blocks for beginner guitar players Part 1

When you are first starting to learn to play the guitar there may be unexpected road blocks that come your way.

Many beginner guitar players start off with a less than ideal guitar that stops them some practising and progressing as fast as they could. We see many beginners who come to us with a cheap guitar or one that they have inherited and often times the strings of rusty stay hard pressed down. It might be the wrong size for them to play and they just sort of enthusiastic about playing it but they don’t realise it’s going to hold them back from practising a spot to stay would if they had a really nice guitar that they enjoyed playing.

Getting stuck because your ears aren’t developed enough

The other thing that a lot of beginners get stuck with is the ears. That might be a funny sentence but actually if you haven’t played a musical instrument before your ears might deceive you.

You might think your guitar is in tune and that it matches whatever app you using on your iPhone. But actually what you need is a tune on that clips onto your guitar and tells you exactly that your guitar is in tune.

Get the right guitar tuner

A lot of guitar players want their first starting out just use an app on the iPhone or try and match it to a sound they here and they see professional musicians doing the same thing. But the thing is when your ears aren’t trained they can deceive how your hearing your guitar and the sound it is making.

Not sure how to learn the guitar

Often times beginners get stuck after the first month to 3 months of learning the guitar and that’s because they don’t know what to do to learn to play the guitar. If you think about learning to perform high surgery or learning to swim might be a better example. You can kind of paddle around by yourself for a few months and enjoy the process and enjoy the exploration, but after that you often get stuck and don’t know where I should go from there.

You can’t see what you’re doing yourself you don’t know how you’re sitting if it’s correct you don’t know where to put your fingers instead in the correct positions. You wondering why your guitar playing doesn’t sound anything like this song, and in the beginning, it was okay he just thought it was you starting to learn to play but after three months, you’re wondering why your guitar playing still sounds nothing like the song you’re trying to play. 

If you are interested in how to fix it, stayed tuned for Part 2! …

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Learning to jam with other people as a beginner guitarist

When your face was your first jamming session it can seem very intimidating. Especially if you’ve done the preparation a new practice for your fans jam session. So if you know you’ve got a jam session coming up here are a few tips and tricks just picked up prepared so that you can feel slightly more confident then extremely nervous at your first jam session.

First of all, what is a jam session? 

A jam session is so good when a group of musicians set round the circle (well it doesn’t have to be a circle) and play music together bouncing ideas off each other to a rhythm I normally staying within the same Musical idea.

As a beginner guitarist it can be difficult to follow along. So here are some ideas on how are you can get prepared so if you are interested in jamming with other people and play with other musicians it’s a little less scary.

1.) learn the communication of music 

Music is another language and therefore you need to learn how to communicate with it. The basic of music language is music theory. But it’s not enough to know music theory. You need to know how to apply it on your guitar! 

So when someone at the Jam session says, let’s play it in Am instead. Or let’s change to 3/4 rhythm. You know what they are on about! 

On top of that, people will go on about being play scales on the guitar. And that’s kind of useful… But just knowing how to play the scales is not enough. You need to understand them musically so you can jam. 

For some people, they don’t need to know scales… and just play by ear. And if that’s you, that’s great! But still understanding how to communicate with other musicians is very important. 

2.) Practice improvising on guitar at home

You can help to prepare your musicality to have it ready for Jam by practising at home first. This can include practising over a backing track. I’ve attached an example below for you to see. 

You can also practise different genres, different rhythms, different areas of your guitar neck to improvise over to help you prepare. 

3.) Have a guitar teacher help you 

Find a guitar teacher help you get ready. It can be less intimidating to play a jam in a classroom set up with other students. Or with your guitar teacher. 

When you are in a room with other students, learning to jam together. It can be a lot more relaxing, and a lot better learning experience. Because everyone is in the same boat! Learning alongside you. It gives you a lot more opportunities to make mistakes, get feedback. Compared to being in a real life jam session. This is true of any level of guitar player, whether you are a complete beginner or experienced guitar player. 

The more opportunities you get to play with other people, the easier it will be! …

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