Author Archives: jghzap
Retired People Make Excellent Students -Learn Guitar Autumn 2019
I still hear the old comment, I’ve always wanted to play the guitar but I think I’ve left it too late. Well the only person who decides it is too late is yourself. Provided you have the desire to learn … Continue reading
Learn Guitar To Build Dexterity
Recently a BBC news story covered a piece of research from Imperial College in London which expressed concern about the lack of dexterity development in younger people. The report focused upon medical students, and its main thrust was that whilst … Continue reading
The Versatile Classical Guitar
I’m often asked what attracts me to the classical guitar? First, let me say I love guitars of all shapes and sizes. I’m fascinated by the different sounds they produce, and respect and admire people who can make well crafted … Continue reading
Do I have to read music?
A new pupil asked me this question. The short answer is no. Many fine guitarists do very well without reading music. There are options to learn without reading standard notation: good observation, good listening, chord windows and good old guitar … Continue reading
Structured Practice Brings Improvement
I’ve had a number of discussions in recent months with experienced guitarists who say they play regularly but don’t seem to improve, so they want to take some lessons. Naturally I’m pleased about this because my business depends upon well motivated … Continue reading
Buying The Right Guitar-Some Basics
Some time ago a young student arrived at my studio for her first lesson with a new guitar an uncle had bought her as a surprise birthday present. It was an inexpensive model and there was nothing wrong with it … Continue reading
“Learning Guitar -Lifestyle Issues”
To get value from your guitar lessons you have to set aside time to practice between lessons. Many students ask -how much time? My response is it depends where it fits into your lifestyle, but a short period everyday is … Continue reading
Am I too old to start now?
I often meet people who are approaching retirement or have been retired some time who say they’d love to learn to play the guitar. “So what’s stopping you?” Iask. “Oh I’m probably too old now” they often reply. Now for … Continue reading
It’s a funny thing but I can usually tell within a few weeks if someone is going to really progress with their playing. It hinges on what’s happening between lessons. Now to be fair to a lot of folks, the … Continue reading
How long does it take to learn to play guitar?
I got a phone call today asking this question. My response is that it depends what you want to do. It can take a few minutes to learn a couple of simple chords and strum a simple accompaniment to a … Continue reading