Guitar lessons are an excellent choice for beginning adult students. It’s always scary and vulnerable to begin lessons, especially as an older beginner. If you’re considering taking guitar lessons for adults, here is some advice to get you started.
Be Prepared for Guitar Lessons for Adults
When you go to lessons, even the first introductory lesson, it’s a good idea to have a few things already.
First, bring a notebook and pencil to write down the notes you’ll have. This can be as simple or as elaborate a notebook as you’d like! You’ll be using this notebook during your lessons in the future, so spiral bound is a good option. It allows the notebook to lay flat and stay open wherever you lay it.
Second, if you already have a guitar, don’t forget it! If you don’t have one yet, ask the teacher beforehand whether you’ll need to bring one to the first lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – that’s what the teacher’s there for!
Finally, bring anything else you’ll need to make your lessons productive like a recording device or water (or coffee).
You will need to practice
You need to practice when studying any instrument and guitar lessons for adults are no different. Like anything in life, the more you practice, the faster you improve. To start out, ask your teacher how long you should be practicing every day to see results. Then don’t forget to schedule that time in!
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes – especially when learning something new. All experts were at first beginners. So relax! Allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them. Our teachers are patient and understanding and will teach you at your pace.
Don’t go too fast
Learning an instrument takes time. You’re not going to become Jimi Hendrix in a month! The more time you take to learn the basics, the better you’ll be in the long run. Practice slow and steady and have realistic goals for yourself.
Turn off your phone
The time you spend with your teacher is valuable – and it’s YOUR time. Don’t allow that time to be sifted away by responding to texts or phone calls within your lesson. Turn your phone on vibrate, put it away (somewhere you won’t be able to hear it) and focus fully on your teacher. You’ll not only progress faster, but you’ll enjoy your lessons much more.