Hello Everyone! Today I am writing this Article to help you understand how to pick and choose from the thousands of Guitar lessons out there and find one that will work with your current skill level and ability.
How to choose an Acoustic Guitar lesson for you?
Everyone learns differently. Some like to read, some like to see a demonstration and some just like to hear what it is they are going to learn.
Choosing the method for you does not have to limited to just one of these categories. You should find lessons that work for your particular style of learning. For Example, I am visual but also like to see an image or a written format I can follow along with. I would then choose video lessons that are accompanied by either a PDF download, or a printable page with step by step instructions on it.
You can choose lessons that will work for you just keep in mind how you learn the best, are you Visual, Auditory, or do you need to See it? Make a check list and be sure the lesson you choose ticks off the boxes. For example:
- Does the lesson have videos?
- Does the lesson provide chords and scales?
- Does the lesson have a review or summary outlined?
- Does the lesson take you through a step by step approach?
You can make this list as detailed or as simple as you want, just ask yourself what you want from the lesson and make your list as appropriate as you can.
What to look for in the lessons!
The lessons to look for should have content that you are interested in learning so you do not lose interest. For example, I might choose a beginner lesson that teaches chords but also shows how chords relate to scales and then provides examples in video or audio format that I can follow along with. On the contrary, I might get bored or lost with complicated charts or diagrams that have too much detail or confusing content. I would look for something simple, concise and in the format in which I love to learn.
Things to look for might be:
- What types of songs are being covered?
- Are there images that keep you engaged?
- Is the lesson being taught on the same instrument you use or not?
- Are there are videos? Are they long or short, long ones might lose you after a while?
The list here could be expanded to anything you want, just make sure the content is what you are after.
Tools and tips for Acoustic Guitar lessons
Sometimes learning can be easier if there is a tool that helps demonstrate the skill or lesson being given. For example maybe there is a scale generator software or a book that has all the chords you want to learn. Or maybe there is a PDF download that has step by step instructions on how to make scales in a graphical way that you can easily practice with. Don’t be afraid to combine different lessons to get ALL that you want.If the beginner lessons you find are boring then you could try mixing in a few intermediate guitar lessons to see if there is something that peaks your interest.
Special Note: The link above goes to a book written by one of my favorite YouTube teachers. He has a TON of great YouTube videos and I highly suggest you check him out. Here is a link to one of his Videos, and yup no charge just get busy learning!
TIP#1: Keep a record of your progress! You can audio record or video record yourself and review them over time to see how you have changed and grown.
TIP#2: You can friends watch and listen and provide feedback, honest feedback. Take the bad too as it helps tyou to GROW!
Choosing lessons that will improve your skill not hold you back!
If you are choosing lessons that are too advanced or even too easy you can get frusterated or bored and have a hard time completing tasks given. Try to pick lessons that will teach to the level you are at now as you can always ramp it up later with more advanced lessons.
It is best to start with with lessons that will give you a good solid foundation and do not get to complicated or convoluded to early on. Picture a house built on a lousy foundation, now, do you want your skills to look like this house?
Settling on a lesson and doing it!
Once you have chosen a lesson or lessons, set aside the time to DO IT! You can buy hundreds of lessons and watch millions of videos of others doing it but if you do not take the time to practice and put into action the lessons you are learning then you wil never grow.
Be patient, take things one step at a time and you will see progress! Get the lessons that work for you, settle in and DO IT! You can use a whiteboard or calendar and track the time you put in each day….watch how FAST you grow and become proficient.