The well known saying 'An hour of planning is worth 3 hours of execution' most definitely applies to learning guitar. Think of it like climbing Mt Everest (assuming you have never climbed Mt Everest of course) its hard to know what to expect and how to prepare for it. Having prior knowledge of the climb ahead as well as information on required clothing, essential supplies such as food, water, a first aid kit, a map, a guide book etc. will make all the difference when you are half way up the mountain. The same can be said of guitar. Many students embark on their journey to the summit of guitar mountain only to get lost and confused along the way. The excitement soon wears off and the students begins to lose interest.
As with mountain climbing the best plan is usually to find an experienced guide. A guitar teacher will help you in several ways.
Your teacher has many roles but in my opinion the key roles are to;
- Set clear goals. (Which mountain)
- Set clear expectations by giving you an idea of what to expect. How long it will take, required practice etc. (How long will it take to climb)
- Explain the technical aspects of playing guitar with exercises to ensure development. (The theory of mountain climbing)
- Show you the best approach to your practice. (How to actually climb)
- Motivate and inspire you to become an accomplished guitarist. (Staying positive during the tough climb)
Hope that helps.
David Hart - Program Director
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