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

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Auckland Guitar Lessons | NZ Sounds
One-on-one: $25 per 1/2 hr or $45 per hr
Phone: 021 202 4430

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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.
24 January 2015 at 22:56

Repetition is a vital part of learning and fortunately, kids are quite often happy to play the same thing again and again. Encourage this and resist the (adult-conditioned) tendency to want to "Always break new ground". Note that when a kid says they like a particular tune, it almost always means "I am confident I can play this". Conversely when they say "I don’t like …(a particular tune)..." It should be interpreted as: "I find this too difficult for me to play at the moment".

If they want to learn a particular tune, but the chords or riffs are beyond their current ability level, try and figure out ways of simplifying them. Sometimes this means changing key, using a capo or just working out fingerings of chords on three strings rather than four, five or six. It does take some musical skill, but, that’ll just help you expand your own musical capabilities!

26 January 2015 at 01:09

Teaching beginning students using a similar (but more simple) approach to teaching intermediate and advanced students during their Auckland guitar lesson. As mentioned , building self-confidence in the student should be the foundation with which to build your lessons upon, but after this is established and nurtured in your beginning guitar students, there are still aspects of your approach to guitar lessons which should be different than it is for more advanced guitar players. For example, advanced students are more likely to understand, appreciate and be willing to practice a tedious exercise countless times in order to achieve something on the guitar – during their Auckland guitar lesson - most beginners cannot (or will not) fully understand, appreciate these ideas nor actually be willing to practice in this way for long periods of time. Your teaching methods must match the general mindset of the type of student you are teaching. Focus on teaching ‘people’ more than teaching ‘music’… It’s all about your student.

27 January 2015 at 02:38

The Guitar. To Play or Not to Play.

So you're thinking of learning to play the guitar? Excellent choice. The guitar is one of the most amazing instruments ever created and has grown to be the most popular instrument in the western world in the last 50 years.

It is capable of producing an incredible variety of different sounds for such a small, portable instrument weighing less than 10 pounds. It has so many different moods and tones that it has found a niche in most every style of music there is ... Classical, Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Gospel and Alternative. Improvements in manufacturing in the past few decades have made it available to the masses in unprecedented numbers and we have taken to it with relish ... grinding out a lot of the the defining music of recent generations. Ask any kid what musical instrument he wants to play these days and the answer is the same. For many of us, our favorite musical heroes of all times all play the guitar.

27 January 2015 at 02:42

Practice makes perfect...

It takes real work to be a real guitar player. Someone once said "It's 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration." Here are some tips to help you make your best progress.

We've all heard the joke. Man walks up to a stranger on a New York street and asks "How do ya' get to Carnegie Hall?" Stranger (obviously a jazz musician) replies "Practice, Man. Practice." So true ... so true.

Music is a wonderful thing ... isn't it? Hours of entertainment ... the things it makes us feel and imagine ... the connection with our culture, peer group and friends ... how it can take you off to another world at least for a little while. If you think listening to music is cool, playing music is actually a thousand times cooler ... and composing your own music is cooler still! Music has been very good to me ... the times I've had ... the friends I've made ... the chance to get my inner angels and demons out ... the satisfaction of creating some real art. It's such a blast.

27 January 2015 at 02:52

Taking Auckland guitar lessons will save you time, money and frustration. No more wasting time working on things that won’t help you achieve your musical goals, learning things the wrong way, wondering what you should learn next, or getting stuck and having no solution.

You’ll get exactly the right material, when you need it so that you don’t waste time going round in circles, or struggling with your playing because there are big gaps in your knowledge. You’ll understand what you’re learning better, and can be sure you’re learning it correctly in an accurate, well presented and carefully thought out manner.

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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!