Practice

If you would like to take one-on-one guitar lessons via webcam from me, send an email to Brianroughton@gmail.com and I’ll help you get started as soon as possible. I have taught lessons to hundreds of students from ages 6 and up and I can do the same for you. Take the guess work out of learning guitar and allow me to teach your fingers to play quickly and easily!


One of the most important things for a beginner level guitarist to keep in mind is that learning an instrument is similar to learning a sport. The same way that a baseball player can become rusty in the off-season, a musician can find themselves unable to play as well when they take even a day or two off from practice. Of course, sometimes life can get in the way of playing guitar well, but here are some things to consider…

1. Many people find that taking lessons will keep them more accountable than if they aren’t forced to show someone else their progress each week. Much like people who hire personal trainers to make sure they visit the gym, guitar playing will be a higher priority if there is that extra motivation that a teacher can provide.

2. Because learning an instrument is something requiring the development of fine motor skills, there is usually a greater benefit to be gained from doing a small amount of practice each day, rather than pulling out your guitar every Saturday and jamming for 4 hours. You will nearly always make better progress with 30 minutes of daily practice than several hours all at once.

3. All practice is not created equal, which means that certain types of exercises will yield greater results than others. Going back to the sporting analogies, would you guess that swimming or walking would burn more calories in an hour? Swimming requires greater muscular effort and would exhaust someone sooner than walking. In the same way, just switching back and forth between a couple simple open chords will not develop your left hand’s strength as quickly as bar chords would. If you are interested in improving your agility, consider practicing some of the hammer or pull-off exercises shown on this site.