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

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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.
27 January 2015 at 01:19

With the help of a tutor inside of an Auckland guitar lesson or maybe on your own - Teach yourself as many different ways to play a chord as you can!

For instance, there are 10 different fret hand positions for which to play the C chord. Obviously, go for a 'perfect' open C chord first, but the more ways you know to play a chord, the more flexibility you'll have in moving from one chord to another. This can also come in handy if you decide to try composing new music.

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