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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Guitar Lessons with Fresh Music Aberdeen

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Learning guitar with Fresh is all about the experience. From the moment you walk in the door you'll be immersed into all things music. From the interactive music videos, a big screen TV to read your music from and the vibe of the studio itself you'll be ready to get your music on when you get home. But what happens (usually) after a few days is that the momentum has withered and often it can be hard to get the motivation to practice what you've learned. Below are my top tips for making your practice at home easier!

1.     Create a dedicated space

I'm lucky to have a custom built studio filled with guitars, a piano, drum kit and more screens than your average Curry’s! It's easy for me because I have all of this at my fingertips. I just need to switch my computer on and boom - I'm ready to play!

For those who don't have a space like mine, why not do the next best thing and make one! OK, I'm not expecting you to tile your walls in sound deadening material and move the sofa from the living room to replace it with a rack of guitars (although that would be cool). Find a space in your home (free from distractions) where you can set up your guitar, your amp (if required) and have your laptop/PC ready to go. That's all it takes! Somewhere where you can go easily and quickly (if required) to practice between chores, online business meetings or when the kids are otherwise occupied. It doesn't take much. As soon as you're home from your lesson get your guitar or ukulele out and ready to play. It's amazing what a few minutes of practice every few days can help you achieve!

2. Set yourself manageable goals

If you're anything like me, when you receive a new song you'll want to go hell for leather and try and play the whole thing. I get it... I used to do this all the time when I was learning new tracks. My experience as a teacher has been that to get the most out of your guitar lessons you need to cut it down to bite-size chunks. Maybe a few bars or a few lines is enough. Quality is better than quantity. Playing something slowly and right is better than fast and sloppy. SLOW IT DOWN! Slow and steady wins the race. You can even cut a bar of music in two and learn it that way if easier. Don't put pressure on yourself to be able to play the whole thing straight away. Remember it's the journey as much as it's the destination (I could write a book on cheesy sayings but they are true!).

3. Don't cheat on me with online material

When the going gets tough it's easy to revert back to easier songs and riffs that you can easily find online with a quick Google search. DON'T DO IT! You'll get stuck in a rut and never be able to move on to more interesting stuff if you get content with staying at the bottom. Work smarter, not harder. If you need help just reach out and I'll help you. If you need a video further explaining a part you're stuck with - I'll do it! You've got this. Stay focused and aim high.

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