Auckland Guitar Lessons
23 Kowhatu Rd , Auckland 1061
$25 per 1/2 hr or $45 per hr
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Phone: 021 202 4430

Auckland Guitar Lessons

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We also offer Auckland Guitar Lessons in and around the Royal Oak / Onehunga region. Phone or text 021 202 4430 for one-on-one , in-home tailored guitar lessons. Our Auckland guitar tutors are available for 30 minutes and full hour lessons for kids and adults at a low rate. Your Auckland guitar lesson will be catered to your skill level and structured around your own pace and musical style of interest. We have enthusiastic Auckland guitar tutors who will teach your kids how to play, sing and even write their own songs. Our guitar teachers have many years of experience in private Auckland guitar tuition , they specialise in 1 on 1. Auckland guitar lessons are tailored to meet your individual requirements , whether they be for beginners for more advanced guitar players. Enjoyment is the key, if you have that , you're halfway there!

* Outcalls to Greenlane , Ellerslie , Epsom , Onehunga , Royal Oak
* Outlying areas : $10 extra per hour
* Electric guitars / acoustic guitars and amplifiers can be provided

Teaching yourself guitar is possible , although depending on your age and musical background - taking Auckland guitar lessons maybe a better option. Your child , your little rugrat! May pickup the guitar lying around the house for a few years which will instill a familiarity with the guitar and may choose to take Auckland guitar lessons as he grows older. Note : Auckland guitar lessons are not necessary in all cases. Great guitarists such as Steve Vai took guitar lessons while Jimi Hendrix was completely self taught. If you , or your child require Auckland guitar lessons please contact us to arrange a schedule. Our rates are the best in Auckland and our Auckland guitar teachers are very experienced.
Electric Tips
Getting better on guitar is all about learning. You may think you’re doing fine, but all players can improve with some thought about what they’re doing. Here are practical and conceptual tips to help you play better.

1. Play With Other People
It’s obvious. No two people play guitar the same, and for all the woodshedding you do on your own, you’ll learn more by playing with others. They might have new ways of voicing chords, a unique rhythm style, or simply turn you on to new influences. Playing dual-lead guitar, honing your rhythm while someone else plays lead (or vice versa) or swapping licks. A guitarist’s best friend is another guitarist.

2. Buy a Tuition Book
Print may seem old fashioned in 2013, but good guitar books can be a real boost to your playing. Whether it’s chords, scales, theory or all three – read more, and you will learn more.

3. Learn Your Favorite Songs Note-for-Note
Yes, it’s a tough ask. But if you want to play like your heroes, try and learn exactly what they do. It will help you appreciate the art and skill of playing guitar like a legend.

4. Get One-to-One Pro Lessons
Lessons are not just for beginners. Every player has quirks (some bad) and a good pro teacher may help iron them out. You’re never too old to learn from a professional teacher. You have nothing to lose, other than learning more.

5. Record Yourself
In your head, you may think you’re playing great. Record your practices (solo or band) and you may hear differently. It’s a simple way of hearing what others are hearing. It could be sometimes painful, but will help you identify where you need to get better.

6. Use Technology
Guitarists often get obsessed by physical wood and wire and amps. They may make you sound better, but won’t always help you play better. From impromptu recording to chord apps to amp/FX emulation software, there’s a host of tech that can help you. Try the Gibson app for starters.

7. Play Slower
Sure, you may want to be fastest guitarslinger in town. But when you slow down your playing, you’ll learn more about your own phrasing and rhythm.

8. Use A Metronome
This will also help you with tempo. Even quirky rhythm, before or ahead of the beat – see Keith Richards – relies on knowing where the beat lies. Solo practice with a metronome will help you.

9. Buy an FX Pedal
Some great music happens simply because of an FX pedal. See U2’s The Edge. “I don’t think of playing through effects,” Edge ponders, “I play the effects.” Keith Richards says The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” wouldn’t have worked without his Gibson Maestro fuzztone. Color your sound, and new worlds can open up.
Acoustic Tips
Acoustic guitar lessons online are not difficult to come by. There are many sites offering free tips and lessons for the beginner, but it can be rather difficult sifting through pages of content to find direct answers to some of the most basic questions beginners have. Auckland guitar lessons have researched many of the frequently asked questions that beginners have and created this list to make life a bit easier for you. I do hope this helps.

1 – Learn how to play the acoustic guitar with both your fingers and your pick. Practice using both. This will make you a more versatile player.

2 – Learn how to use a capo. A capo is a clamp that you can apply to different frets of your guitar to change the pitch. You will definitely need to become familiar with this wonderful tool. If you do not already own one, head out to your local music store and buy one today or borrow one from Auckland guitar lessons.

3 – Make sure you choose the right guitar for your size. Guitars come in different sizes from classic to jumbo. It is very important that you find a guitar size that you are comfortable playing.

4 – Learn how to change your acoustic guitar strings. The dirt and oil on your fingers and hands builds up on your strings over time and will ruin their sound. It is therefore extremely important that you learn how to change your strings.  How often you change them, really depends on how often you play. During your Auckland guitar lesson , your tutor can show you how this is done - a typical packet of brand new guitar strings will fetch $15-20 NZD.

5 – Wash your hands before you play and clean your strings after you play. Dirt and oils from your fingers and hands can wear down your strings.

6 – Build up those calluses. Many beginners complain of pain in their fingertips when first starting out. This is normal and will go away after you have been playing for a little while and start to form calluses. The more often you practice your acoustic guitar the faster you will build up calluses.

7 – Learn how to tune your acoustic guitar. Make sure your guitar is in tune before you start every practice session. Tuning your guitar is really quite easy. You can either purchase one of those small battery powered guitar tuners, or you can use an online guitar tuner during your Auckland guitar lesson.

8 – Use YouTube to find free acoustic guitar lessons.  They have a huge variety of free lessons. Two providers of free lessons that I recommend you check out are: “Next Level Guitar” (goes by the user name “rockongoodpeople“) and “” (goes by the username “JustinSandercoeSongs“). They offer some of the best free online acoustic guitar lessons. Highly recommended.

9 – Find a good guitar teacher. While it is possible to learn at your own pace at home using free guitar lessons online, books and guitar home study courses, nothing can really replace a guitar teacher. A guitar teacher will help keep you from forming bad guitar playing habits and praise you when you are making progress.

10 – Stretch and warm up your hands and fingers before each playing session. This is important. Proper warm up and stretching exercises are essential in helping you avoid injury and improving your guitar playing. For more information on stretching and warm up exercises, do a search on Google using the key phrase: “guitar warm up”. You will find plenty of tutorials on this subject.

11 – Learn guitar music theory. I know music theory can be boring and difficult, but it is essential learning if you want to become a good guitar player.

12 – Learn about the parts of your guitar. Spend as much time as possible familiarizing yourself with all the various parts of your guitar and how it is constructed.

13 – Learn how to practice your acoustic guitar. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many guitarists are not practicing correctly. There is definitely a right and a wrong way to practice. Make sure you understand how to make the best out of your practice sessions.

14 – Keep your finger nails on your fretting hand trimmed. Your fingernails on your fretting hand must be kept short. If not, they will  make playing more difficult as they will prevent your fingers from pushing down the strings properly.

15 – Don’t over do it. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort during your playing or practice session, then stop and take a break.

16 – Try and learn something new. If you continually do the same thing, day after day, then your guitar playing will become stagnant and you will not progress.

17 – Join discussion forums online. Search for guitar discussion forums online and begin discussions with experienced and professional guitarists.

18 – Listen to a variety of different music. Not just your favorite styles either. You would be surprised at how much this can influence your guitar playing.

19 – Learn alternate guitar tunings. Not every song is played in standard tuning.

20 – Go to live performances. This will give you a chance to get up close and personal with the musicians enabling you to see first hand how a professional plays.
People have taken Auckland guitar lessons or taught themselves how to play the guitar without formal lessons , Jimi Hendrix for example - completely self taught and developed a very unique style of playing , his very own style which could not have been taught to him by a guitar tutor or out of a guitar instructional book. Whether you want to take Auckland guitar lessons or not is entirely up to you. For those who don't , there are a very great number of available help books and instructional DVD's for aspiring Auckland guitar players. More recently, the internet has made it even easier to learn how to play the guitar with online backing tracks and interactive online Auckland guitar lessons.

Learning the notes on the guitar fretboard is an important skill and will help you when you want to make your own music and variations on guitar chords etc. Click Click here to download a program which will teach you the notes on the fretboard , about 30 minutes of this program everyday should have you knowing all of the notes on the guitar fretboard within a few weeks , a few months maybe required to master this skill.

So, congratulations on taking the first step towards learning to play the guitar. You’re going to hear all kinds of advice, some of it useful, some of it less so. Here are three of the best tips we’ve ever heard for teaching yourself to play the guitar:

Pace yourself. We’ve all heard horror stories about guys who played that old six string until their fingers bled. While there’s something to be said for dedication, overdoing it is likely to lead to frustration and eventually giving up. Set some time every day to teach yourself and practice the guitar, but don’t lock yourself in a closet for hours on end, trying desperately to coax something resembling music out of your guitar. You’ll get there, just be patient with yourself.

Focus on the basics. Nobody, no matter what they tell you, ever picks up a guitar and starts shredding like Eddie Van Halen or Stevie Vai right from the start…including Eddie and Stevie. Focus on learning the basic chords and some simple strum patterns. If you’re dead set on learning to play lead guitar right away, focus on learning the scales backwards and forwards. All the cool stuff you’re dying to learn relies on an understanding and mastery of the basics, so focus your early efforts on learning them inside and out.

Surround yourself with music and musicians. As you begin to understand the basics of playing the guitar, you’ll be surprised how much you can pick up just by listening to or (better yet) watching other people play. Don’t just stick with one kind of music, either. Even if you already have your heart set on playing a particular style of music, you’ll find that there’s lots to learn from musicians who play in other styles.

Whatever else you do, keep on picking and strumming. You can teach yourself to play the guitar. It takes time. It takes some determination. But learning to play a musical instrument opens up a whole world of new experiences for the new musician…experiences that make all the work you put into teaching yourself the guitar well worth it.

Auckland Guitar Lesson Chords

Chord progressions for many guitar songs are usually chosen for pragmatic reasons above anything else. This is especially true for guitarists that focus on open chords. For a pianist, playing the G-Minor chord requires only a slightly different movement than the G-Major chord (like most major chords, it is usually referred to just as “G”). For a guitarist, it is a very major difference. G (3-2-0-0-0-3) is an easy open chord to play, but an open G-Minor (3-1-0-0-3-3) requires stretching all of your fingers over a fairly large section of the guitar, including a two fret gap between the index and middle finger. As a result, many guitar chord progressions incorporate chords like C, D, G, and E-Minor are very commonly used, while more difficult to form chords like open G-Minor and open C-Minor are rare almost to the point of non-existence.

Chord diagrams can vary a little bit between sources, but tend to follow a fairly consistent format. The “X” indicates a string not played as part of the chord. The diagram shows the position of the index finger (1), middle finger (2), ring finger (3) and pinky (4) when forming the chord. Knowing where to put your fingers is only part of learning to play chords. It does take some practice to get used to holding the chord down.

The open C chord is usually formed as (x-3-2-0-1-0).  A less common form of the open C chord is (3-3-2-0-1-0). Most chords use the root note, in this case C, as the lowest note, which is why the first form is so common. The second version uses G as the lowest note. Musically, there is not a whole lot of reason you would specifically want the G note as the lowest note in a C chord. In terms of ease, the second version is almost more difficult to play. On occasion, some guitarists do specifically use it, but most guitarists will only ever use the more common version.
Guitar Tuning
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of learning guitar is that it initially seems impossible to play anything that sounds good. While it is true that it takes some time to learn the techniques needed to play songs well, the real reason most new guitarists sound bad is because their guitar isn't in tune. Here is an Auckland guitar teaching that, with a little practice, should allow you to keep your instrument in tune.

How Often Should I Tune my Guitar?

You should tune your guitar every single time you pick it up. Guitars (particularly cheaper ones) tend to go out of tune quickly. Make sure your guitar is in tune when you begin to play it, and check the tuning frequently while you're practicing, as the act of playing the guitar can cause it to go out of tune.

Let’s go over some things you’ll need to know in order to tune the guitar. In your Auckland guitar lesson I'm sure that you’ve already learned the names of the open strings of the guitar, E A D G B E. Now you need to learn the natural musical alphabet. This is simple, but important. The natural musical alphabet is just the first seven letters of the regular alphabet, A B C D E F and G.

It is generally recommended to tune up to a note, rather than to tune down to it, so that there is no residual tension on the string. The string will be less prone to detune itself, when you tune the rest of the strings. I do that with the utmost concentration and I grip the tuning machine super-tight, so I can really make a minimal movement. Sometimes a tuning head will be kind of loose and rattly, especially on cheaper guitars. If you down tune half a step, it can become really hard to hit the note just right. Even rattly tuning heads have a point where they ‘grip’. If you are careful, you will get there eventually. To beginners to Auckland guitar lessons , our teachers will explain 1 on 1 how to get your guitar tuned up so that you'll be able to tune your guitar on your own.

Auckland guitar lessons conclusion : Knowing how to tune an acoustic guitar is an invaluable skill for players at all levels. Beginners can choose from a variety of electronic tuners to make the process easier. Intermediate and advanced players may wish to learn how to tune by ear and develop the skills necessary to tune any guitar on the fly. Proper tuning is worth the time it takes to learn and ensures that acoustic guitars always sound just right when played solo, with a band, or in a live show.

Auckland Guitar Lessons Tuning
Kids / Children
Parents of young kids often ask us if their child should begin taking guitar lessons in Auckland. Some kids will be ready to start taking Auckland guitar lessons at around the age of 7 while others may be better suited to starting Auckland guitar lessons at age 10 or even older in some cases. These ages are not indicative of their intelligence but more to do with hand strength and the ability to focus and patience!

Auckland guitar lessons for kids and children

When Auckland Kids Should Start Guitar Lessons?
The main obstacle your kid will face when taking guitar lessons in Auckland will be in developing fine motor skills and the strength/dexterity in their hands. Changing between chords on the guitar requires your child to develop strong fingers which , fortunately , is a skill which can be quickly learnt. Over the course of a few weeks , your child will quickly develop the motor skills and hand strength to interchange chords. Of less importance is overall hand size - there are many 1/2 size guitars available that should feel comfortable for even the smallest hands.

Improving on Guitar Requires Patience and Practice
If your child is enrolled in guitar lessons, they'll invariably be provided with "homework" - chords, scales and songs to memorize and practice. If not worked on routinely, kids will fall behind, and frustrate both their guitar teacher and themselves.  But my parents, having just shelled out lots of money for a new guitar, understandably forced me to keep my lessons up for another year. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, I quit guitar lessons and stopped playing for five years. Luckily, I rediscovered guitar in high school, but many kids aren't quite so lucky. Developing a negative impression of guitar lessons early in life can sour kids on playing music in general.

If your kid is enrolled in Auckland guitar lessons , they'll inevitably need to overcome the initial feelings of "Am I good enough" or "I'm bad at this , why not stop?" - this is very common amongst young kids starting guitar lessons for the first time but is quickly replaced with interest as they begin to master guitar chords within a short space of time. Our Auckland guitar tutors have a long experience in teaching young kids how to succeed at learning the guitar which mainly consists of encouragement and planning their guitar lesson plans to ensure they leave with a feeling of self-achievement and reward. When I was eight years old, my parents signed me up for guitar lessons in Auckland. After a couple lessons, I lost interest in learning guitar - it was too hard, the guitar was too big, and I wasn't learning any songs I liked. Developing a negative impression of guitar lessons early in life can sour kids on playing music in general. We have learnt from experience exactly how to provide effective Auckland guitar lessons.

When Children Should Start Guitar Lessons?
Your child is at least six years old. From our personal experience in teaching guitar to children near the age of 6 , we've found that kids at or below or the age of 6 should preferably wait another year or two before starting Auckland guitar lessons. Learning the guitar requires a level of dexterity and focus which most kids at that age have not fully developed. Of course , when taking on new kids for guitar lessons we take each child on a case by case basis and if they are very willing to learn the guitar , we have seen many cases where their interest in learning guitar has given them a level of prolonged concentration not present out of the guitar lesson!

Your child displays sufficient hand dexterity. If your child hasn't yet really developed their fine motor skills, guitar lessons will be a struggle. Although playing guitar can help develop these motor skills, maintaining a child's interest during this development will be a major challenge.

Your child can maintain focus for significant periods of time. If your child doesn't have the attention span to maintain a daily 15 minute practice schedule, consider waiting a while before enrolling them in formal guitar lessons. Your child shows significant interest in the guitar. If they're not showing interest in the guitar, pushing them into lessons may only serve to develop a distaste for something they might have otherwise enjoyed.
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Guitars come in all shapes and sizes and it can be quite bewildering to someone buying their first guitar. Don’t encourage spending too much. It’s worth remembering that they are almost certainly going to want to upgrade after a year anyway, by which time, they will have a far better idea of exactly which instrument suits them best,but also, don’t go for cheap guitars that are impossible to tune and difficult to play. The single most important criteria are: Is the guitar comfortable to hold? Is it easy to play notes and chords on? Consider half and three-quarter size guitars and try both steel and nylon string guitars.
Rather than a reverential one-step-at-a-time-let’s-learn-to-play-correctly approach, try to invite experimentation and freedom of expression from day one during your Auckland guitar lessons. For example, get them to lightly tap a rhythm on the sound box of the guitar. Get them to accompany you on ‘percussion guitar’. The best way to do this is to lightly tie a sock round the neck of the guitar to mute the strings, then let them experiment with their right hand playing different natural strumming patterns. Encourage them to vary dynamics, tempo and complexity of rhythm.

I don’t usually attempt to actually teach them to tune their guitars early on, but I make sure their guitar is well in tune for the Auckland guitar lesson and also check to see if there is someone at home who can help them keep it in tune. Learning to tune a guitar is actually quite tricky for kids. Ultimately of course, it’s very beneficial for them to learn to tune by ear but, initially it is far more important to make tuning easy. So cheat and get them a tuning machine that is simple to operate, then patiently help them use it.
“Danny was highly recommended to me by a friend, and from the first session I was blown away and have not looked back since. Danny is obviously a talented and experienced musician but not everyone can be a teacher, however Danny is a fantastic teacher. His patience, motivation and knowledge that he shares means that I come away from each weekly lesson with the tools I need to tackle the next song and the drive to practice harder. I would highly recommend Danny to anyone who is wanting to push themselves and achieve their dream of playing the guitar.” - Auckland Guitar Lessons

“I tried self-teaching but the progress is much slower, you don’t know what you don’t know, and it’s frustrating… someone who’s taught that before could say “do this and this” and it’s problem solved… With my shift work, I needed someone who could be flexible with times and could tailor the approach for my level of knowledge. I chose Dylan because of his background… and the professional approach when I first made contact with him… It’s forced me to address how I practise things and how I learn skills. Because of that I’m learning guitar much faster than I would somewhere else and there’s also cross-over into other things I do in life.” - Auckland Guitar Lessons

“As a adult absolute beginner, I had a resident trepidation and discomfort. Anything less than a supportive and nonjudgmental approach would have snuffed my slender attempts. I'm pleased to say that Danny's warmth and friendly mastery helped encourage growing confidence. Highly recommended.” - Auckland Guitar Lessons

“As an intermediate guitar player I had hit a wall and was making no progress. You can only go so far watching YouTube videos and jamming with your mates. From the moment I met Danny he challenged all aspects of my playing with the aim to improve my technique, rhythm and understanding of music. I’m delighted with my progress and enjoy the lessons. Danny is patient, observant and will push your boundaries. Being tutored by one of Auckland’s most respected musicians is a real bonus and he’s passionate about all types of music. I highly recommend you book some time with Danny.” - Auckland Guitar Lessons

“As an adult, and complete beginner, I was worried about the repertoire of songs I would be resigned to learning. To my relief, ‘Michael Row The Boat Ashore’ has not once made an appearance and instead, each lesson, Danny teaches me my favourite songs of the week. Danny’s patient, competitively priced, and can teach you any song you want. I recommend him to anyone.” - Auckland Guitar Lessons

"My son has been having lessons with Danny for 2.5 years, and we are very happy. More importantly he loves going to lessons and really likes Danny too, which is very important for a pre-teen. As a well known and respected real band musician it gives my son the feeling he is learning from someone that can teach him real music.” - Auckland Guitar Lessons

"I enjoy learning with Danny as he’s an approachable tutor and the lessons are practical and tailored well to my ability. It’s also great to be taught with someone so passionate about their craft" - Auckland Guitar Lessons
I am a full time guitar tutor based in One Tree Hill , Auckland. Acoustic and Electric guitar lessons are available at a very affordable rate. I teach most styles of guitar and music theory. Phone or text on 021 202 4430 for guitar lessons in Auckland!