Amp Up Your Guitar Skills in Danville & San Ramon CA
Many guitarists at all ages and all levels search for help on the internet to improve their music knowledge and “hone their guitar craft“. You can find lots of great information and even get free “lessons” online on subjects such as modes, scales, guitar riffs and theory. But, how do you apply it?
In my 40+ years as a professional touring musician and guitar instructor, the results I have seen from the hundreds of students I have taught has proven to me that students who learn to read music notation, in addition to playing by ear, have a better sense of keeping time, are able to more easily rehearse and jam with other musicians and are much better prepared to take their music playing to a more professional level.
My favorite instruction books for plectrum style guitar are published by Hal Leonard titled “Complete 3 Book Guitar Method Edition with CD’S”. I also recommend “Music Theory For Dummies, Audio CD” [Paperback]. This book shows you how to apply theory by writing music on standard music 5 stave line manuscript paper.
I think self study is great, but I highly recommend hooking up with a private instructor that has a proven systematic approach to teaching the basics and then taking you to the next level. Taking a lesson on a weekly or bi-monthly basis so the instructor can check your progress, give you the things to focus on for the next couple of weeks and then inspire you to practice is what I recommend.
Several of my students in the San Ramon and Danville area who have a band have not only taken their guitar playing to the next level, but have booked paying gigs that has helped to take their performance to the next level as well.