Unfortunately I do not offer a mobile home service, our facilities are ideal for the learning and we have set up a webcam so that you can watch your child live while they are taking their lesson either from here at our premises or at your own home – we have found that parents staying in the room for the lesson is a distraction to the child.
Lesson Construction for beginnersDeveloping Technique (the physical ability to move between chord shapes and notes on the neck of the guitar) this will be the focus of the first few months study.
- The objective is to make students aware that notes have "names"
- To develop the ability to identify any "natural" notes
- Lear chord shapes
- Become familiar with changing between the four shapes
- Play the chords along with a supplied backing track
- Once you have a basic understanding of chords and note I will introduce a 10 minutes slot to teach you music theory; this will include understanding scales, chords and harmonic system.
ExamsWe can take through your grades and exams, these will usually take place at the Mick Jagger Centre at Dartford.
What we can offer
Advantages of learning on an Electric Guitar:Holding down chords is easier, as the width of the neck will usually be shorter on electric guitars. The strings on electric guitars are much softer than acoustic guitars, which makes playing the guitar easier on your fingers.
Learning to play barre chords is easier on the electric because of the lightness of the strings. You can plug headphones into your amplifier, so you won't drive your household crazy ;-)
Disadvantages of learning on an Electric Guitar:You need to buy an amplifier as well, which is extra $$$. Finding the right tone is not that easy for beginners who know nothing about electric guitars and amps, and a bad sounding guitar might put them off. Being able to play something on an electric will not mean that you can play it on the acoustic guitar as well.
Pros of learning on an Acoustic Guitar:If you can play something on a steel string acoustic guitar, you'll be able to play it without any problems on an electric, something that cannot be said vice versa. Many people (your household) will prefer the naturally soothing, calmer tone of the acoustic over the distorted, amplified electric. You don't need to buy any cables, or an amplifier to start playing.
Cons of learning on an Acoustic Guitar:Much tougher on your fingers than an electric. Absolute beginners will probably only be able to play for about 20 minutes before not being able to fret any strings any more, due to the immense pain shooting in their fingertips. Of course, this only lasts a couple of weeks, until you start developing calluses.
The harder strings also means that playing chords, especially barre chords will be much harder.
More string buzzing due to the harder strings.
Wider fretboard, something beginners will not always enjoy.
More brittle than electric guitars.
So, now you know both sides of the story. You want to know my opinion?
Simple. In the very beginning of your guitar journey, your single aim is to learn very basic guitar techniques that you will be building on later on, regardless of the fact that you'll be playing the acoustic or electric guitar. As you read in the pros section of the acoustic guitar, If you can play something on an acoustic, you'll be able to play it on the electric, but not necessarily vice versa…
People who stick with it, and actually become guitarists, all have dedication towards music and the instrument itself. For them, initially learning on an acoustic will not mean an excessive challenge, but a chance to develop calluses quicker, strengthen their fingers faster (and stronger), and develop their guitar technique at a more advanced level. They know that building a sound set of skills is more important than taking the short road, since it might backfire later on.