Hey guys, this is James from Riffmaster Pro back with another weekly guitar tip.
Today I’m going to look at different approaches to learning.
With so many different products out there, all promising to teach you how to play guitar, how do you go about finding one that works to get you results?
It’s said that people remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, 50% of what they see and hear, 70% of what they say and write and 90% of what they do.
(There’s also one more thing that can help you learn better than anything else, but we’ll come to this in just a while.)
It’s also true that what works for one person, may not work as well for someone else.
As an example, I used to learn riffs simply by listening to the notes of the song and then trying to reproduce these on the guitar.
It worked up to a point, and I could play some isolated licks and phrases, but I soon found out my technical abilities were holding me back.
Not to mention, I didn’t exactly have a good grasp of how these riffs connected to other notes on the neck or how to move to new positions.
I found this method was limiting my progress and so I started browsing guitar tabs more and more often as a new aid to learning.
This worked much better but I still felt I was constrained by the notes the tab was showing me and I wanted to learn another way.
I eventually started to learn scale patterns all across the neck and found I could now improvise along with my favorite songs.
So my learning went from listening, to reading, to following along with examples, to finally improving my technical skills and gaining an awareness of the bigger picture.
Now, I’m not suggesting that’s the path you should follow and your own experience may be different to mine, but there comes a point somewhere along the way where things start to make sense and that knowledge then becomes a part of who are.
The learning process for playing guitar is about actively developing skills that you can later apply to any song.
As an aside, one thing that can be as much of a hindrance as a help is information overload.
While there’s some excellent tutorials available, this can actually add to the confusion early on as the information is often incomplete and unstructured.
Later on, once you have reached a certain skill level, it becomes easier to apply the techniques you can learn from YouTube video tutorials and watching other people play.
One system that is very well structured and which will help you improve your guitar playing in record time, is Secret Guitar Teacher from expert guitarist Nick Minnion.
We wouldn’t recommend a programme unless we were absolutely sure it would be or value to the Riffmaster Pro users.
Make no mistake, when it comes to a rock solid guitar method, Nick’s programme is second to none.
Here’s a video from his YouTube channel, which demonstrates the quality and detail of the teaching on offer.
You’ll find Nick’s YouTube channel to be a treasure trove of useful instructional videos where you’ll discover literally hours of free tips, so be sure to give him a sub!
The best part is you can apply what you learn with Secret Guitar Teacher to Riffmaster Pro, making the systems complimentary to each other, but I’ll save that for another time.
Remember earlier, I hinted that there’s another stage of learning that’s better than anything else?
That final stage is teaching and Nick has taught thousands of students to play guitar and improve their musicianship over the years.
He’s one of the best in the business and comes highly recommended as his students will attest.
The courses are comprised of comprehensive video lessons, backing tracks and printouts to help you develop your playing and gain confidence in your art.
There’s absolutely no cost to register but if you do decide to become a student (and you’ll be a better guitar playing for doing so), courses start from just £12 per month and you can cancel anytime, although at those prices you’d be crazy not to give it a try!
We’re positive you’ll find the courses absolutely first class and, if you do decide to go ahead, be sure to come back and let us know how you got on!
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