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New Guitarist Guidebook & Checklist

teacher avatar Scott Perry, Creative on Purpose

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15 Lessons (1h 7m)
    • 1. Intro To Class & Your Guitar Guide

    • 2. Project Overview

    • 3. Why Do You Want To Learn To Play the Guitar?

    • 4. Extra-Musical Benefits Of Playing Guitar

    • 5. The Guitarist's Journey

    • 6. Guitar Break - "Have the Time Of Your Life!"

    • 7. Choosing a Guitar

    • 8. Choosing a Learning Method

    • 9. Choosing a Teacher

    • 10. Guitar Break - "Don't Think Twice It's Alright"

    • 11. Gear & Gadgets

    • 12. Practice Makes Progress

    • 13. Guitar Break - "Country Breakdown"

    • 14. The Never Ending Journey

    • 15. Guitar Break - "Da Blues"

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About This Class

Find the right motivation, instrument, teacher/method and practice tools and tips to jumpstart your guitar playing journey.

This course includes 12 video lessons LOADED with tips, sound advice and inspiration and encouragement. Downloadable checklists will insure that you cover all your bases and get off to the best start possible.

This course is targeted at those contemplating a guitar playing journey. It provides tools and resources for preparing to play it does NOT provide actual instruction!

Here's what's included:

  • An hour of video lessons about:
    • determining your motivation & goals
    • the extra-musical benfits of learning an instrument
    • choosing a guitar
    • choosing a teacher & method
    • setting up your practice space & routine
  • Downloadable PDF Checklists

You'll also get:

  • Access to instructor for advice & answers.
  • Absolutely FREE!

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Scott Perry

Creative on Purpose


Scott is a compass helping advancing difference-makers lead themselves and live their legacy.  He's Creative on Purpose's Chief Difference-Maker and author of the Amazon top-sellers Endeavor and Onward. Scott is also the head coach for Seth Godin's Creative and Freelancer Workshops.

Scott is a husband and father, goes for a cemetery run every day, and quotes Marcus Aurelius more often than he should. 

For over thirty years, Scott found and spread joy as a professional musician and guitar teacher while maintaining a happy marriage, homeschooling his sons, and taking care of business.

Want to connect? Click here to contact Scott.


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1. Intro To Class & Your Guitar Guide: are you brand new to guitar playing were contemplating embarking on a guitar playing journey or maybe returning to the instrument after a failed false start? Are you overwhelmed by all the choices that need to be made even before you can begin to learn to play choices like which guitar is best for me? Which method would be best for my learning style? Should I get a teacher? Should I try to go online? Which gear do I need? Or maybe how do I set up my practice space? Or how much do I even need to practice? If you're overwhelmed by all these choices and unsure about the promises made by teachers and online sites and the avalanche of free but unorganized, unqualified information available on the Internet will, then I've got some really good news for you. Hey, gang, I'm Scott Perry Benesch, blues guitarist and founder of God, a guitar lessons dot com. I believe that everyone who wants to can and should play the guitar and that playing the guitar cultivates communication and collaboration, which makes us all happier and healthier. For over a decade, I've helped guitar students of all ages and levels developed their love for music and helped them advance in their music. Making journey in this course new guitarist guidebook in checklist, I'll guide you through the process of identifying why should learn to play the guitar, what you need to get started, including how toe pick your first instrument, how to choose a learning platform or a teacher, or an method that suits your learning style and what gear and gadgets you need. I'll also show you how to set up your practice space and time. There's checklist to print it. Fill out why he watched the videos to help you make decisions and remind you the important information. And since there's not a lot of actual guitar instruction, I've inserted some fun guitar breaks, Cesaire videos of me playing snippets of some of the songs and styles that are part of my own teaching practice. Along the way, I'll ask you to share your experiences and welcome questions and give you really answers and, more importantly, support and encouragement. If that all sounds good, well, then let's get started. This course is presented in a very clear engaging in stepwise manner, and you can complete it at your pace whenever it fits into your schedule. I'll see you inside 2. Project Overview: Once you've watched all the video lessons and completed all the checklists, you're ready to go from aspiring guitar player, Toe Advance and guitarist and I've created a class project that will help you get off to the best possible start when you're done with all the lessons in all the checklists, I want you to download the Advancing Guitarist Road map and complete the seven quick and easy questions that will help you get off to the best possible start in your guitar playing adventure guitarist Journey is not always going to be clear and straightforward. There's going to be times when you take side trips when you get lost and when you change direction entirely. But until you get going, you won't get go anywhere. The Advancing guitarist Roadmap will help you get started and make sure that you have a clear path for the beginning of your adventure. To create your project will simply click a link and make a copy of a document that you can then edit by answering the questions. You'll then save it and share the link to the Project Gallery. This will allow myself and a community of fellow travelers to offer support encouragement to you in your continuing guitar playing adventure. I'll see in the next video 3. Why Do You Want To Learn To Play the Guitar?: before you get started learning to play the guitar. I think it's a really good idea to just pots for a few moments and think about why you want to learn to play the guitar. So I want you to pause its video. Take 30 seconds to three minutes. You can write down your sort. You can just say it out loud, but I want you just think about and then write down or say out loud whatever it is that Spires or is motivating you to take up learning to play the guitar when you're done. Plus play over the most common answers to this question that I have come across in my long time teaching practice, I don't know. So this is probably the number one answer that I get to the question. Why do you want to learn how to play the guitar when I ask it? Toe perspective Students that are thinking about taking lessons with May and is a perfectly acceptable answer. So when we can't answer something coherently inwards when we can't describe our motivation for something, it's an indication that it's being that our decision is being driven by emotion, something that we feel really passionate about. Those decisions come from a part of our brain called Olympic Rain. Sometimes you hear people talk about the lizard brain. This is the lizard brain talking to us. Lizard brain doesn't know how to use language toe express itself or communicate. The limbic brain just uses instinct and intuition to make decisions. It's part of our brain that made us survive all those years ago. Survive in the dark from attacks from Sabretooth, tigers and so on. So feeling and emotion are very important parts of music making. And so therefore, I would say it's a perfectly legitimate and even a very good reason for why to give it a try. The second most common answer that I've heard to the question Why do you want to learn to play The guitar is I don't know. It looks cool or I don't know. It looks like fun, and I've got really good news. It is sometimes the answer that I get to the question, Why do you want to learn to play the power? Is something along the lines up? I want to be just like or somebody I look up to does. Maybe that person is a parent, a grandparent cousin. Maybe it's friend. Maybe it's somebody that you saw on TV or heard on the radio. Maybe even somebody that you saw performing live. And when you see somebody that is doing something and they come across is having fun and looking really authentic, and you know that's that's aspiration and inspiration, speaking to you and motivating you to get started on a musical journey of your own. And again, this is a perfectly acceptable answer to the question. Why do you want to learn to play the guitar every once in a while when I ask Question, Why do you want to learn to play the guitar perspective? Students will say, Well, I heard that learning an instrument has some extra musical benefits, and that's again a perfectly good reason to get started on a musical journey. And the good news is that indeed, learning to play the guitar or any other instrument does have benefits that go far beyond just being able to make music. And we'll look at those in the next lesson. I'm not sure there's any wrong answers to the question. Why do you want to learn to play the guitar, but I do think that there are some not very good answers. Perhaps even dangerous answers the number one being I want to be the best. I'm not even sure how one goes about deciding what makes the best anything, but in terms of guitar playing, the best guitar players, the ones that you look up to, they all realize that there is no best. There is only the best that you can be. And you have to really learn to appreciate and learn from in value the achievement of others. At its essence, music is not about competition, it's about collaboration, and it's about communication. So a variation on the answer of I Want to Be the Best is I Want to Be Famous. Well, I think this is a very dangerous reason to get started doing something that is going to be Aziz as challenging as learning to play the guitar. And it's also going to take out, suck out most of the fun of learning how to play the guitar. If you're chasing fame and fortune, you're chasing a dream that really rarely happens and when. If you were to be a person attitude that you would probably find, like so many have before that aim and fortune do not equal happiness. That pursuit of making music the life of making music is its own reward. And whether that means that you just end up playing in open mikes and coffee shops or busting on the street or even playing on big stages at festivals and clubs. The happiness, the satisfaction comes from the act of creating and sharing with others. It's not how much attention you get. Every once in a while, I'll take on a new student. After a few weeks or a few months of lessons, I'll start toe figure out that they're not really putting in a lot of practice time or they're not very happy in their lessons. And I'll ask what's wrong? And frequently the answer is, Well, I'm only doing this because my mom or my dad or my grandma, whatever wants to and that's could be a challenging thing to address because parents obviously want to do what's best for their kids. And a lot of parents believe that musical education is is a way to enrich a young person's life, and indeed it is. But if the inspiration is not commit from within the student, but instead coming from outside the student, It rarely is any fun for either the student or for the parent who has to keep getting on on the case of the their young son or daughter who is doing something just to please them and something that they're not really in trust today. So my suggestion would be if this is your answer to the question, then maybe you should be suggesting to your parents or whoever it is that want you to play the guitar that they learned played the guitar. Maybe they will in turn, inspire you to take it up after all. One final answer to the question. Why do you want to learn to play the guitar that I get every once in a great while? That I think, is not such a great answer is, Well, I really want to learn to play the mandolin or the piano or the trombone or the glockenspiel, whatever instrument they really want to learn. But they say now, but I want to start with guitar because it looks easier or it's cheaper, not a very good reason to take up the guitar. If you are inspired to play another instrument, that is the instrument that you should try to learn how to play. I learned that learned to play the instrument that you were going to be inspired and motivated toe practice, not the one that you're settling for. So we've looked at, discussed some of the possible answers. The question. Why do you want to learn to play the guitar? And it's possible that I have not addressed your specific answer to that question. If that's the case, please leave a comment down below. I would love to read what your inspiration or motivation is. It's also possible at this point that you are still not sure about whether you should try uh or whether you should get started. And you may be thinking, Well, what happens if I decided I like it? Or if I don't have enough time practice or I don't have the patience for it, things of that nature. So I would say, you know what? Getting started playing the guitar is relatively inexpensive. You can find a good quality instrument and find a good teacher for a very, very minimum investment and Hopefully, your you will be. You will find a teacher, a method that inspires you to continue your guitar playing journey. And if that does not happen, well then you can probably you can probably sell that instrument for most of what you paid for it. Or you could pass it down to a friend or family member, and you could inspire them to start their guitar playing journey. 4. Extra-Musical Benefits Of Playing Guitar: there are a host of benefits to learn to play the guitar and, in fact, any musical instrument. I've broken down those benefits into four basic categories. The first is cognitive and physiological. Just fancy words for mental and physical. The second category is emotional. The third category is personal, and the fourth category is social, So the cognitive and physiological benefits or the mental and physical benefits have learned to play the guitar. First of all, increases memory improves A Q scores, enhances reading and math ability and grades and fosters communication. It also improves listening skills and improves coordination. It enhances your respiratory system or your breathing and finally teaches problem solving, symbolic thinking and understanding of non verbal communication. There are some really emotional benefits to learning to play the guitar. First of all, it leaves stress and promotes happiness. It fosters self expression, and it cultivates a sense of achievement and self confidence. There are also some personal benefits to learn to play the guitar. It proves your time management in your organizational skills. It instills responsibility and self discipline. It fosters creativity, and finally, it cultivates patience and perseverance. Finally, the social benefits of learning to play the guitar, so it encourages team building and personal responsibility. It promotes social skills and relationship building. It reduces fear, and finally, it introduces us to other cultures and promotes tolerance. And now, for the biggest benefit of all the really good news. Learning to play the guitar is really, really fun, and all the benefits that we just talked about happened at any age. 5. The Guitarist's Journey: I believe that everyone is an artist. Everyone has the ability to create or communicate something that is beautiful or remarkable , that will have a positive impact on others and be transformative for both the artist and the audience. If in what you do, you create or communicate something that beautifies our elevates the community in which you live or connects with others with dignity and respect, even when it challenges or disrupts. Then you are an artist. The guitarist Life, like any artist, is a journey. You have to gather supplies. You have to chart a course. You have to acquire some tools and techniques and tactics. You need to find a map or a guide, and you need to commit to doing the work. It is immensely fun and challenging, which is ultimately why it is so rewarding. Whether you are beginning or continuing your guitarist journey, you are learning and using an entirely new language. Languages air used to communicate. You can communicate ideas or feelings or tell stores in order to communicate you must share , and that can make us feel vulnerable and afraid. What if they don't like it? What if they laugh? What if they boo. What if they walk out? Well, we do it anyways, because that's what artists like Guitarist to, and the more we do it, better we get and the more benefits ourselves and those around us. Are you ready to begin your guitar playing journey good. The next few lessons will tell you exactly how to find what you need to get started. You're going to need to decide on a guitar, a teacher or a method, and you're going to need to find a time and a place to practice and find the self motivation and self discipline to do so. So let's take a look at all that. 6. Guitar Break - "Have the Time Of Your Life!": 7. Choosing a Guitar: getting the right instrument for your budget and skill level is important. Here's some pointers for getting it right the first time. Start with a local and reputable music store. They will have a staff that can help you find the right sized and price instrument. They may also have used instruments for sale that are on consignment and could be bought for less money. They may also likely provide a set up on the set. Up is just a very inexpensive service that addresses the ease and playability of a guitar. It's very important that this be done professionally, and it will help ensure that the beginning interest has the best chance for success early on. In their lessons. Don't shop for a guitar in a store like WalMart or some other box store that does not specialize in musical instruments. They have not of the inventory nor the expertise to help you. They can Onley offer you cheap instruments that are likely to be unplayable, in which, in the long run cost you not just more money and time, a lead to frustration that will take away from the excitement and enjoyment that you have early on in your guitar playing journey. It is possible to find good instruments online and possibly do so for less money than your local music store. However, you can't hold the instrument, can't hear it, and it's not likely that you're gonna get much good help. It's making sure that you select the best option if your local music store offers all of that and to set up and will be there for future repairs and supplies. That relationship and expertise is certainly worth a few extra bucks. I'm a firm believer that an acoustic instrument is the way to get started. Learning anything on guitar playing an acoustic guitar forces us to pay close attention to the mechanics of left and right hand technique and pay attention to the quality of the sounds that were created. Now, playing an electric guitar is undeniably fun and exciting, but the truth is electricity and amplification covers up a multitude of sins. If you're shopping for your first guitar, I encourage you to get an acoustic instrument. If you already have an acoustic guitar, use it. If and when you decide to apply what you've learned on the electric guitar, you will be a stronger and better player for having honed your technique and skills on the acoustic guitar. If you already have an electric guitar, then by all means go ahead and get started with it. But I do encourage you to get in acoustic instrument. At some point, it will help you build strength and stamina in both hands, and it will help you become a better all around guitar player. For young beginners, a classical guitar can be a good option. They have smaller bodies that are easier to hold and nylon strings that are easier to fret . However, they are meant to be played with the fingers and not with the pick. And although they can be played with one, they don't sound as good as their steel string counterparts. Steel string guitars come in a variety of body styles, shapes and sizes. If you want to find a steel string guitar that feels comfortable and fits your body, you confined one. I'll listen at the end of this lesson. The thing that usually turns people away from the steel string acoustic to the electric or classical guitar is that on an acoustic steel string, the strength through your fingertips at first. Now I could make a joke here that you have to suffer for your art. But the truth is that you can't avoid this problem by having your acoustic steel string strung up with what are called silk and steel strengths. These strings air easier on your fingertips, although they don't sound what is loud when they're picked or strong, However, you could always upgrade to a regular steel string set when you're ready. Now, I'm going to scroll through some pictures of some of my students so that I could describe some of the acoustic guitar choices in some of the bodies, styles, shapes and sizes. As I mentioned earlier, classical guitar could be a good choice for a young beginner. Here's Carly with hers and my student Lily, also with the classical guitar. Another good choice would be a parlor guitar. Here's my student Peter, with a antique parlor guitar. Another small body choice is a single Ott. Here's Henry, with one made by Johnson and also Jordan. This is Model SGP Dash 12 in black. Another good choice is a trip a lot. Here's Caylee with a Johnson J. G. 0 35 Many guitar companies make guitars and many your baby styles here slowly with the paper. Taylor and Hannah with a tailor gs many, which is also an excellent choice for adults. Such years. Diana with her ts money as well. Another good choices. The Fender M a one for smaller body size. For a very young beginner baritone, ukulele is an excellent choice. Here's Morgan with her Kohala a k B. So after you've taken in all this information and completed your checklist and then gone shopping and selected your instrument, I would love to hear what you finally settled on and why. So please leave a comment in the comment section. Tell us what guitar you chose. Tell us why you chose my very well help other students make the right choice for their guitar playing journey. 8. Choosing a Learning Method: So now you have your guitar, and now it's time to decide how you're going to learn how to play it. So there are a ton of options here, and I'm going to go through them and and a very kind of step by systematic way to help you narrow down the method in the way that you choose. So the first thing you have to decide is, Do you want to self educate? Where do you want to get a teacher? So there are multiple choices for both of these options, but I'm going to give you some pros and cons for each. So if you decide to go with a teacher, the pros are that while number one they could help you get started with the hardest part of getting started, which is the mechanics? How do you hold your guitar? How does a left hand frightened the guitar? How does right hand pick or strum the guitar and that sort of thing? Make sure that you get all of those early kind of just mechanical things, physical things right? They can also help you tell you which what gear you need. You know you need a footstool do you need music stand? They may be able to provide some assistance with choosing a method that suits your learning style. And, of course, they can help chart a course for you and provide encouragement and correction along the way . The Khan of getting a teacher is it can be fairly expensive private instruction or even some of the other options out there. That's cost ah, fair amount of money. Now you could choose the self education path as well. There are again tons of options will look at those in a minute self education. The pro of that is it's really could be very, very inexpensive. It could be a absolutely free The con is that the abundance of choice is for self education . It is so large that it can be very, very confusing, frustrating, disheartening. And of course, you'll get none of the benefits of working with a good quality teacher. So give some thought to that, and then as we go on, we'll look at the resource is that are available for both self education and for going with the teacher. If you go the self education route, you basically have two, maybe three ways that you can go. The first is to find yourself a book or DVD method and start learning with that I've listed to Resource is Mel Bay and how Leonard and those are the two largest distributors of instructional material for guitarists. And you will have to do your own research and find a method that you think will work for you and give that a try. That's a very inexpensive way to get started. Playing the guitar Another way would be to use an online course, and there are several places that you can go. I've listed three or four their true fire, which is one of the largest libraries of guitar related instruction that I know about and very good quality stuff. I belong. I'm I subscribe to true fire myself, and the material is really top notch. It's fairly inexpensive, and they do have beginner guitar methods. They're two of the longest running online and structure instructors are just in Santa Co. And Marty Schwartz and I've listed their websites. They're a swell and then my own website got a guitar lessons dot com does have a very inexpensive course called Beginning Guitarist Jumpstart. You're welcome to check out that as well. There's kind of 1/3 choice here, and that's just to get on YouTube and try to find free beginning guitar lessons. Both Marty and Justin and myself have YouTube videos that you can check out, and it is possible that you could self educate entirely on YouTube videos. There is an overwhelming number of choices, and it's it may be inexpensive, but really, all these options that I've listed are without the benefit of having a teacher that can answer your questions and correct and make corrections if you're making mistakes along the way. But they are inexpensive options, and it is it is definitely a way that you can get started. So with that in mind, let's quickly take a look also at the options that you have for finding a teacher. 9. Choosing a Teacher: Now let's look at the options that you have for finding a guitar teacher or instructor gonna warning at the outset. This is this is going to be the longest video, and that is because this is the most important and biggest decision that you're going to make at the beginning of your guitar playing journey. So you basically have, I think, four options. The first is an individual private guitar lesson in person with a face to face instructor. The second choice would be the same option, but in a group situation, the next two options are Internet options. The first is an individualized, private ah Skype lesson or video chat lesson, and the fourth option is lessons by video exchange. I'm going to take those in reverse order because the lessons by video exchanger is probably the least expensive. And thean person private, individualized private lesson is going to be the most expensive. So lessons by video exchange just means that you'll find an instructor online that you think you you want to work with. There will probably be some sort of interview process. They'll help you assess your goals, help chart a course, help you find a method that's gonna work for you. And then that instructor will create the first video lesson and assignment and send it to you. You'll watch the video lesson. You'll complete the assignment recorded video, Send it back to your instructor and then you'll have your assignment critiqued corrected, and the next lesson will be created. And hopefully that person is going to provide some encouragement along the way. The next option would be the equivalent of a face to face private lesson, but it's gonna be conducted over the Internet through video chat. It's another really good option you could say with anybody, anywhere, any time. And, uh, the only downside is that, unlike a in person lesson that's face to fish over the Internet. You can't play together because of the late and see in the Internet connection. Now, those two options also have theatric benefit that you can have a lot. You can collect the library of these videos, and you could refer back to them, and in the resource is that I've listed in the description of this this particular lesson, you'll find that true fire offers something called the Sherpa program, and you can find a new online instructor there that you can have lessons by video exchange artists works there. Model is entirely done by video exchange and and then my own site. Got a guitar lessons dot com. I dio also offer lessons. Video exchange. One thing that I didn't mention about video exchange is that often these sites that offer video exchange will allow you to see other students, other students, videos and on and allow you to see the videos that the instructor made for those students. So you have the benefit of learning from your peers that are learning alongside you, while at the same time you have the benefit of the individualized instruction. Now the last two options are the first to that. I listed the most traditional are in person instruction face to face with a guitar instructor. This could be done individually or in a group situation. Just gonna say from the outset, I don't recommend group blesses in a group lesson, although it could be beneficial for the guitar instructor cause they're making more money that they have more bodies in the room and it could be a little less expensive. Oftentimes, that charge less per student Um, and so that might be in a attractive thing. Toe. Consider in a group situation, whether it's three students or 12 students in a room, you can only go as fast as the slowest person. So if you are ah, highly motivated and a student that is moving along quickly, you will find yourself frustrated because you can only goes so fast without losing the people that are having more difficulty. And by the same token, if you're one of those people, that requires a little extra attention. Or if you are struggling with material and need extra help, you're gonna feel bad because you're gonna feel like dragging the rest of class behind. So if you're gonna go with in person lesson, I would strongly recommend a new, individualized, personal, less personalized lesson with a face to face instructor. And, um, having said all that, there are all sorts of benefits for each of these things that I've talked about. I would say that if you find yourself a really good in person, face to face instructor, that is going to sit in a room with you and able to play with you, be able to answer your questions directly, be able to make corrections to your technique and other things right there in the room that provide you with encouragement and hold you accountable for the material that's being presented and that that person is worth their weight in gold. Now, having said all of that, I will say that whatever method which ever teacher option you go with, it is very important that you enter this relationship deliberately. You should do a little homework. You should ask your friends and neighbors if you're gonna find a teacher in your town. If they know of anybody that's teaching, if they can recommend anybody. If they do, then you should ask that some of the students that have taken lessons are taking lessons with that person. With their experiences like that person should also be willing to offer you some sort of meet and greet, which is what I call it or some sort of interview process Some time when you can go in and at no charge, meet with the guitar instructor asked. Questions have been answered. Hopefully that person will also just check out your instrument. Make sure that it's suited to you. A za beginning guitarist. They should kind of outline their philosophy of teaching. And they should present either the method that they use or learning options. And these are all things that I do in my own private, uh, in person lesson practice. Um, I will also say that it's important in that, uh, as you're choosing that you make sure that you trust your gut instinct. If you're gonna be spending a fair amount of money in a spare amount of time with this person, you want to make sure that you guys are gonna get along and that air the right person to lead you on your guitar playing journey. I will say that is as, ah, guitar teacher, longtime guitar teacher that I have found that teach guitar instructors like any kind of teacher that come basically in two flavors. We've all heard the saying those who can do those who can't teach and I you know, in a lot of ways I dislike that saying, because I don't think it describes me as a guitar instructor and many of the people that I've taken guitar lessons with, um but the reason that that saying exists and persists is that There are people out there that are offering instruction that are only doing so to make a few bucks, because I can't make it as a performing musician as recording musician or whatever else it is that they really want to be doing. Those people tend to be not very encouraging. They tend to be not very nice. They tend to be the kind of people that results of bullying or berating or badgering students instead of encouraging and showing. And, you know, just being optimistic and positive. So good quality guitar teachers of any stripe, whether it's online or in person, are people that believe that those who can do and those that think others can to teach. And I know that for myself, I place my my teeth might. My role is teacher guitar instructor ahead of all the other things that I do musically, because I do obviously record and they performance well. But the teaching is what gives me the most satisfaction. It's the thing that I feel like it is going to be the legacy that I most important legacy that I leave behind, and it's the thing that I'm most dedicated to. So again, you really careful about this? This is the biggest decision you're going to make. So make it choose wisely. Don't choose just the cheapest option. Choose the option that's going to be best for you. Because again, it will give you be the thing that most insurers your success and in the final lesson in this section will look at the last couple of things that you need to get started with your guitar playing with your guitar playing journey. 10. Guitar Break - "Don't Think Twice It's Alright": you know you sin one. If you don't know by now You said otherwise be some When you used in rooms at Bricker Down Window Win, I'll be gone. You are reason I'm traveling on. Don't think twice it's a 11. Gear & Gadgets: Okay, so you got yourself guitar and you've done some homework and chosen, Ah, learning method or platform or a teacher. And now it's time to look at. What else do you have to have to get started? Well, the truth is, there's not much. If you've got a good teacher or a good learning method and you've got a good quality instrument, then you probably have everything you need to get started. There are a couple of essential things that you want to pick up early on. We're gonna list those in just a second. There's some things that you will want to get along the way that will make your practice time more effective and efficient. And then there's some things towards the end of this list that are just gonna be nice toe happen, acquire as you continue on your journey. So let's look through the less real quick. So the first thing is something that you probably have already some sort of notebook. A blank notebook could be a spiral binder. This is, ah, book that I get at thes blank books I get at the bookstore, usually on sale for just a few dollars and in this. You're going to simply write down what you've been practicing on every day I put the date. But what I've done for warm up exercises what practice lesson plan material. I've gone over. And then sometimes also what repertoire I'm working up. And it's just a really nice kind of daily practice. Uh, practice log you can look through or just look at where your your bookmark is and see that progress is being made. Sometimes that kind of encouragement could be really handy. I'd also suggest that you get yourself some sort of notebook. I use the three ring binder you can just use. A simple folder is fine. Something to put whatever material you're downloading are receiving from your teacher. I like a three ring binder. Mine is obviously pretty worn in my binder. I have three categories. So the first category might be lesson plans that I've received that sort of thing. The next section I have all sorts of basic court grids and scale exercises ended in my third section. I have whatever repertoire that I'm working on at the particular moment. You can see that my ripped or sections pretty so those things you probably have lying around the house already. If you didn't get someone, you got guitar. You want to get yourself some pics, I'm gonna recommend something that's medium. Ah, A lot of people prefer these fender style picks, which is fine. Get yourself a medium or even a heavy. I like these Jon Pierre Studio picks. Picks come in a variety of sizes and and gauges and there It's apparently expensive thing to purchase that. Get yourself a bunch of different sizes, shapes, engages and just experiment. What feels good to you. You're also going to want to grab a tuner. Now, the truth is, if you have ah, smart gadget of some sort of tablet or a phone, you can download a free guitar tuner right onto your phone. I prefer toe. Have a clip on tuner. This is an old Marcus, very soul mate. I don't even know if they make these anymore right now. Snark tuners. A really popular. It doesn't really matter. You can find one for between 10 and 20 bucks, and it clips on. I'd recommend that you get one. That's chromatic and the days of the tuning for long, long gone now those things you should probably grab early on sometime in the first several weeks to month of your guitar playing career here as you see yourself becoming a dedicated practice practitioner of your craft, practicing your plan, hopefully every day and you know that you're in it for the long haul. It might be a good time and after that first month or so to start giving yourself some gear and gas rewards for staying on your path. And also these are things that I think will really make your practice time more efficient, engaging and and effective. So one is a music stand. Mine is, uh, I actually inherited this from one of my aunts, and it's pretty old still holding up, but it's just a simple wire stand. I like it because it's portable and I take it with me, even on the occasional gig that I need to do some reading on. You could also grab yourself a footstool. I don't have a foot stool here in my home studio. I just simply use a pile of books to set foot on, but took strong, fairly inexpensive. That could be fun toe Have you will also want to at some point, get yourself like guitar stand. This is my very first guitar stand. My wife bought this for me as a birthday present a long time ago and just a simple stand. The purpose of the stand is toe. Have your guitar out. If your guitars out, you can't walk by it without having it talked to a little bit in reminding you that it's time to practice or asking you whether or not you practice that. So you can also find these in wall Mount varieties that could be really need, especially if you need to keep it up and out of the way of pets or small Children. You could also get yourself a guitar strap at some point. Usually use that if you're gonna be doing a lot of standing up by your playing. But some beginners, especially young beginners, like the half a strap when they're sitting down to help keep the guitar stable. Uh, next thing that you want to acquire eventually and I wouldn't acquire this until you're instructed to do so by your method or your teacher is a cape. Oh, I prefer the simple Shub people's come in a lot of flavors, a lot of varieties. They're really inexpensive Shop run and find the one that appeals to you. At some point, you'll be learning how to change your own string. So you want to get yourself some extra sets of strings and a string wind er and then finally, as you continue on your journey as you progress and develop his guitar player, you'll find yourself wanting to acquire songbooks, maybe other method books, maybe supplementary lessons that are either on DVD or some sort of some sort of online program. Maybe with a second teacher. I I have three teachers that I work with currently, um, one more warning about all this. So guitar players love gadgets and gear. It's really fun to go shopping and pick up the newest latest shiny thing gear acquisition. Book acquisition is not a substitute for doing the work, so make sure that the as you're picking up non essential things like extra books, extra lessons, extra gadgets that those things are rewards for your your your good progress for your daily practice. For your continued development as a guitar player, don't just pick up stuff, especially books and DVDs and things like that in the hopes that having them around is gonna help. Help help your guitar playing progress it in it of itself. All this stuff is on Leah's. Good as you put it to use, I neglected to mention one of the most important pieces of gadgetry that you can add to your collection, and this should be something that you do purchase early on. And the truth is, a Metrodome can be downloaded as an app to your cell phone or tablet on. You can find a bunch of them online. So if you're watching this video, you have access to a free mention home. Already, Metro gnomes are going to help you with your ability to keep time. Music is organized sound and the organizing. The thing that organizes sound is time. And so working with the Metrodome is something that, ah, lot of musicians guitarist especially, are not bonded doing, and it's usually a gadget that's purchased at the very end or not at all. But it is the one thing that can help you the most. You can also get yourself mechanical metro MSAs Well, this is a tack. Tell Minnie made by Wittner Bittner, the German manufacturer. It's got a nice, pleasant acoustic thump to it, which is why I like working out with mechanical Mitch known. But the truth is on the road and on the run. I often use one that's on my phone, and they work really well. And they sound much better than the old digital metro homes that we had in the eighties and nineties. So be sure early on to get yourself, at the very least, a free app Metrodome. And then, if you want to later line, get yourself an actual mechanical Metrodome as well. 12. Practice Makes Progress: - There's an old saying that practice makes perfect, and I have found in my experience that there is no such thing. It's perfect when it comes to music. But there is a way that we can make progress and practice makes progress in order to learn the guitar or any other instrument. For that matter, we have to develop something called muscle memory. The left hand has to develop a relationship between symbols on a page and placement of fingertips on the fingerboard. The right hand has to develop a relationship with a pick and learn to develop a relationship between the strings themselves for playing individual notes and sets of strings for playing chords and rhythm. So the only way that we developed this thing called muscle memory is through a daily frequent practice schedule. The number one key to success is a daily practice schedule. You should have a specific place, re practice and specific time, or a couple of times where you practice your place of the place that you practice should have all of your stuff set up should have your guitar and his stand. You should have your music. Standout should have your notebook and less materials on it should have your practice log nearby. All of that will ensure that you are reminded that practice must happen now. I'm not suggestion by any stretch that practice come before things like work or school or family obligations, but they should definitely come before you decide to get on your favorite electronic device , for instance, it needs to be a priority now, set aside time every day, or maybe a couple of times a day. I would suggest that for older learners, seventh graders through adults, that 1 30 minute session is enough. If you're a younger learner, maybe 10 to 15 or even 20 minute session is enough. But for both cases, it's actually better toe. Have a couple of short sessions will benefit much more from that repetition from having a short session and during one part of the day and a longer session or the same length session later in the day. The most important thing is that you develop a devotional daily practice toe, learning how to play the guitar at my lesson studio phrase that I always in my lesson with and that is, remember practice every day and twice on Sunday. Your practice time is just like a spiritual practice or a meditative practice. It should happen every day. It should be devotional. You are doing something that is going to make you happier and healthier, and it needs to be done every single day. Now, along the way, you're going to find that you start accumulating so many things to do that you can't possibly get it all done in one session and cannot possibly. I'll get it done in one day at some point is going to become important to make sure that your practice time is separated from your play time. Practice time is when you are working on new material when you are learning new techniques , when you are mastering new concepts and that sort of thing you're practicing. The lesson plan provided to you by your method or teacher play time is when you start looking at the repertoire of songs that you've collected and you start going over those maybe at a different part of the day. Maybe your repertoire is so large that you have to do different songs on different days. But the important thing again, every day, twice on Sunday, I've covered some of this material already, but it all really boils down to one key concept. Responsibility before rewards. So that just simply means that your daily guitar practice should be a priority. It does not come before work. It does not come before school. It does not come before family, but it does come before you turn on the TV or your favorite electronic device that you can check social media. It's got to be a priority. The other thing is making sure that you have a dedicated space, a space in your house or in your home that is devoted to practice. You should have a chair that doesn't have arms. You should have your music stand up should have your practice materials on it. Your practice log or practice journal nearby should have your guitar, and a stand should be in a place that you're gonna go by every day. If you walk by that space, it's reminding you that practice is a priority now. It's also important to remember that there will be days when you have too much going on. You really can't get your practicing, but on really busy days, it's really important to remember that some practice is better than no practice, even if it's five or 10 minutes of warmups. That's better than doing nothing. Have you do the warm ups at the very least, every day you will ensure that at least you can hold steady. Where you're at 10 or 15 minutes is better than five or 10 minutes, 25 or 30 minutes. It's better than 15 or 20 minutes. Just remember, make it a priority. Do your best to do it daily on the days that you can't, don't beat yourself up but double down and make sure they get it done the next day. I know that is a guitar. Teach myself that most methods and teachers put together a program or a lesson plan that is geared to get to be both efficient and enjoyable. To expedite the student's progress towards whatever goals they have. Now it's easy to get distracted. It's fun to get on the Internet, check out some YouTube lessons, surf around and get yourself some tabs. Listen to some music that you might be interested, and that's all fine, but it should happen after you practice the plan. All students, regardless of level will benefit from checking it from time to time on mechanics on their technique. When you hit a obstacle and learning a new technique or learning new tune or mastering new concept nine times out of 10 what's holding you back is not that the material is too difficult, especially if you're going through a systematic program. But it's that somehow your left or your right hand technique or the way that you're holding the guitar has has become improper. And so you have to check through and make sure that you've got all the mechanical things down. Check your left hand. Make sure that you're holding your left hand and approaching the guitar fretboard correctly . Make sure that you're holding the pick properly. Make sure that you're holding the guitar properly and that your picking hand or strumming hand is addressing the strengths properly. Nine times out of 10. Checking in on your technique. Checking in on the mechanics will solve the problems that you're having. Sometimes some of the tunes or techniques or concepts that you're working on will come very , very easily, and sometimes they want. There will be times when you hit obstacles when you get frustrated when that happens, it's really important that you take a break and come back and try again later. Practicing your way through frustration is just practicing frustration as guitar players. We like to hear ourselves playing well and sounded good. We also like to make progress, so sometimes what we'll find ourselves doing is getting a song or an exercise down. Most of the way will be one small little section that doesn't sound very good, but we can kind of gloss over that or just play it through through it faster. And we think that overall, it sounds pretty good problem with that approach is that you're playing that way over and over and over again. You're practicing how to play that one section wrong. Better if you have one small section of a piece or exercise, that is, but you're struggling with Isolate That section might be a couple of notes might be a couple of measures. Isolate it, repeated over and over until you got it right and then practice the whole piece and you'll have the whole piece sounding really good. Practice should not just be all boring exercises and studies practice should have a purpose . If you're my student or the student inequality teacher program, then you have a lesson plan or practice plan that is designed to give you key technique or tools or present concepts that have a practical application towards the style or that songs that you want to play. So there should be an element of your practice again that's devotional working on self development and has that kind of element of like a spiritually or meditative practice. But it should also have the practical application of giving you some songs or some stylistic things that you're going to enjoy putting it into practice in riel musical situations. 13. Guitar Break - "Country Breakdown": 14. The Never Ending Journey: As we wrap up this course, I'd like to share just a few thoughts about what's ahead for you as a beginning or continuing guitar player. The progress that you make in your guitar playing journey will largely be determined by how much and what you are willing to invest. Now the first thing that you have to invest is time, time to your practice schedule, but also time to researching other methods or other teachers or other styles or other techniques, and also research and inspiration from other guitar players and other musicians. You'll also, from time to time need to invest some financial resource is some money. Remember that a good quality method or teacher is worth their weight in gold. It will help you make progress much quicker than you can do on your own. Use that investment of time to make sure that you're investing your money in the best method and teacher for you. It's important to remember that as guitar players, we all travel our own path, and we all travel at our own speed. Music is essentially a communication and collaboration. It's not a competition that communication and collaboration could be between you and an audience. It can also be between you and your fellow musicians, whether it's on the bandstand or in a jam session. The most important thing to remember is there's always going to be somebody better than you . There's also somebody going to be not as good as you. The important thing is that we're all in this together, that we should support each other as much as we can. But we should stay focused on our own path and forging our own way and becoming the best guitar player that we can be. An authentic guitar playing journey will never end. There will always be a new song to learn a new style to explore new tools and techniques to develop new gear and gadgets. Tryout. Enjoy the journey. 15. Guitar Break - "Da Blues":