Learning guitar is not just as simple as putting the time in.
Here are some of the things that people tell me when I ask about their guitar progress:
What Most People Try
Bad Advice #1: Learn as many chords and scales as you can and keep practicing until you sound good.
“It's all about putting the time in!”
Reality: It is not easy to learn some chords and scales and suddenly sound good. You need to get musical reward from playing - particularly in those first few hours of guitar or first few hours of a new technique. That's how you stay engaged.
Bad Advice #2: Browse random guitar tutorial videos on YouTube that have no structured component to learning.
“The more lessons I do, the better I will become"
Reality: Putting the time into practicing is important, but it’s vital to make sure you are practicing the right thing. Perfect practice gives you great results. Bad practice teaches you bad habits. It's about mastering the guitar rather than just noodling around.
How To Turbocharge Your Guitar Progress
When I teach guitar with students one-on-one, we identify a song that they are super excited to be able to play perfectly - and I make sure they have a structured path to every technique and skill they need to play that song successfully.
And you know what happens?
After 30 days, they can play other pieces they wouldn’t even have dreamed about playing 6 months ago.
From Zero to Guitar Fingerpicker
Why this course works better than any other
This is NOT an online guitar course that teaches you a few chords and how to play "Mary had a little lamb".
This is a 4-week program that teaches you all the basics you need to be a guitar player - fingerpicking from the very start. You will sound musical even during the first lesson. I teach you how to read tab, play to a metronome and create your own fingerpicking compositions - literally everything you need (even if you don't know what these things are yet!).
You’ll be able to apply the right fingerpicking techniques to guitar and play fingerpicking pieces by Simon & Garfunkel, Jeff Buckley, Ray LaMontagne and REM.
Why this works
Students that learn guitar by fingerpicking first have the highest rate of learning success. This course gives you the structure to learning fingerpicking from the beginning. This is the fastest, stickiest, most fun way of learning guitar because the fingerpicking approach means that you will:
Detailed Product Description
The academy offers you a structured learning scaffold that makes you better each day. So you sound musical from day 1 and achieve rewarding progress each day.
Each lesson consists of:
The course also gives you:
Have you ever dreamed of playing guitar or even started but then faded away after a while? Do you think it's going to be years of practice before you sound good? Would you be excited if I told you you didn't have to just play boring chords for the first six months - you could actually be fingerpicking within 30 days?
Over the years, I have experimented and realised that there is a way to teach students that seems like starting with what many would believe to be a 'complex' or 'advanced' style - fingerpicking using the thumb and three fingers - is actually the best way for a complete beginner to learn.
There is good reason for this. The traditional method of learning chords and strumming them is relatively easy to do, but actually surprisingly hard to do well. Listen to any beginner strum a set of chords and you see it is hard for the beginner to sound musical after a couple of days. But if you start picking strings individually, then after 4 or 5 days, you can play some really nice pieces. And this is the key: rewarding the student from day one, enabling them to sound musical within the first week. Believe me, I have seen this work time and time again.
When you want to learn the guitar, it matters hugely which course and teacher you pick. The cost of getting this wrong isn't that you lose out on $30-50, it is that the teaching may not stick for you and you may end up with a life where you never learn guitar, rather a life where picking up the guitar is a huge joy and pleasure for you, whether just on your own or playing with other musicians.
For a complete beginner, there is no more effective and no more enjoyable, musical and confidence building way than to start with a couple of chords and a fingerpicking technique.
At the end of my course, you will be able to...