What is it about live interactions that make them so powerful? From learning how to use tools correctly or to drive a car, to learning how to play a musical instrument – interpersonal coaching is essential for effective learning and skill-building. Especially if the learning is multidimensional and involves a complex mix of ear training, motor skills plus theoretical and practice knowledge. And that’s why you can utilize several sources (including YouTube videos, “how-to” DVDs or books) for teaching you how to play a guitar, but can’t trust anyone to do it better than a real life guitar instructor. The benefits of a real-life instructor are numerous and we’ve picked three of our favorite ones to share with you today –
- You’ll watch, learn and perfect the right techniques
The first step to doing anything correctly is mastering the basics. From tonal resolutions (tonics), riffs and quarter notes to rhythm and speed – guitar has its own vocabulary and your understanding of these basics will determine how good or bad, you play the instrument. A real life instructor will ensure you are holding, strumming and fretting your six string in the right way. Advanced learners will be able to improve their techniques under guidance from a teacher. Finger picking, alternate picking, pull-offs, hammer-ons, intricate scales and solos are critical techniques that are best practiced (for the first few times at least) in front of an expert. Here at Fox Music of Virginia Beach, we have had good students who taught themselves how to play the guitar for over two years but had to start over again because their basics were wrong.
- You’ll benefit from live control and feedback
A teacher will pin point issues with your playing technique as and when they happen, helping you understand just where (and how) you need to improve. Your instructor will know the specific areas you struggle with and can pin point those. He or she can create a lesson structure for you that takes your weak points into account so that you can focus on improving. Fox Music of Virginia Beach provides individual guitar lessons and small-sized group lessons to improve the face time you get with the teacher.
- You’ll be more committed
One of the top perks of having a coach is the sense of accountability it brings. An instructor will build on the commitment you have towards learning how to play guitar and practicing it daily. This is precisely why sportsmen and women or politicians seek coaches – motivation.