The KW MuzicTrain Inspiration Band is looking for new members. This is your chance to play in an active youth band, playing popular and traditional songs in local venues around the KW area. Just fill in the form here and we’ll immediately send information about the band and let you know how to get involved.
A crash course for teaching brand new guitar players how to play the instrument would strip away all the talk and get right to the basics. It would focus on getting the student to play melodies (and eventually chords) as quickly as possible. It would also teach just enough “theory” to allow the student to progress to the next
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New guitar players will tend to develop or discover a preferred strum pattern. I remember when I was first learning to play, a friend of mine and fellow musician used the same predictable strum pattern for every song. It drove me crazy. “There it is…” I would think to myself “…that same old strum!” Ever
When I work with a new student who is learning guitar from scratch we start out playing 4 string versions of G, C and D because they are a bit easier to play. It is also good to learn to be disciplined enough to start your strum on the correct string. In the case of
As I have said elsewhere, learning the fretboard is difficult when it is divorced from playing songs and exercises actually using the fretboard positions you are trying the learn. So playing the notes in question is very important. That’s why learning the fretboard goes hand in hand with knowing how to read traditional music, at
Many new guitar players have a bit of a problem using a pick, and find it more comfortable just to use their thumb. Playing with your thumb is OK, but you really need to get used to the pick, so you might as well start right at the beginning. Hold the pick between you first
It may seem obvious, but how you hold the guitar is important. First because proper posture helps you avoid getting a sore back and neck. And second, because it helps you play better. Here’s a little video describing some of the more obvious points about holding a guitar. Go here for more Tips for New