The Benefit Of Taking Group Guitar Lessons
If you want to play the guitar, and you have designs on being the very best, at some point you’re going to have to play in a group. Start early.
The top 10 guitarists of all time all played in bands from an early age.
To improve quickly and learn a variety of skills, group guitar lessons are hard to beat. They keep you motivated and develop a greater range of abilities than private lessons.
Learning a new instrument is a steep curve and it takes a long time. 90% of people quit learning the guitar in the first year. Don’t be one of them.
Playing music with others is perfect for beginners. You can build confidence with friends who are at your level.
Your goals are their goals, and this camaraderie is important in the early months when you discover you’re not as good as Jimi Hendrix just yet.
There is nothing more motivational than discovering most of the group are struggling with the same section as you.
No matter what you do in life, there is always competition. Luckily, most competition is healthy. Would Eddie Van Halen have been as great without fierce competition from his brother Alex?
(No, is the answer I’m looking for.)
Group guitar lessons give people the opportunity to learn from others. And also receive constructive criticism from others.
These skills are useful when learning. And useful in life.
In the guitar world, competition is good.
It’s a real situation
You can’t just grab your guitar, wander out of your bedroom, find a group of musicians and start playing.
They wouldn’t be happy for many reasons, but mostly because playing in a group takes practice. If you play alone you won’t have these skills.
You need the ability to listen. You need to know the interaction of the group and the rhythm. There is communication in a band that needs to be learned – a give and take within the group.
A metronome is useful when you can’t practice in a group. But playing along to a clicking metronome in your bedroom will not give you these skills.
Group guitar lessons are a real life situation.
Developing your ear
To be one of the greats you need a good musical ear. You know those people who can pick up a guitar and play any requested song. Don’t you hate them?
But there’s good news. It’s not magic. To be able to do it, you need to listen. You need to listen carefully to sounds, pitches, tones and rhythms.
A trained ear feels the music and gives you the ability to play what you hear without relying on reading notes from a sheet. A lot of the greatest guitarist couldn’t read music but they could feel it.This is where good becomes great.
Listening to music and being part of a group will help to develop that skill.
Playing in front of other people in a class will make you feel a bit less nervous when you eventually step out with Clapton at Madison Square Garden.
To begin with, performing will stretch your comfort zone a little. Everyone gets stage fright, to begin with, but regular group classes will soon have you first up at the family Christmas party.
Why play the guitar if no one is going to hear it?
Get your new guitar buddies together outside of class.
This is a major advantage of group guitar lessons. Finding people to play guitar with, who are the same level as you, is difficult. Get together. Get better together.
Having fun with your friends is the best way to learn.
Group guitar lessons are always cheaper than private lessons. For the best experience, make sure the class sizes are small and the experience level is at your level.
If people are at a higher or lower level than you, it can lead to frustration.
Check the instructor has a clear plan for the development of the class before you sign up.
Group lessons usually last longer. Even if the tutor is not fully concentrating on you, you’re still playing your guitar and learning from others.
You get more lesson for your money.
Activities in Group Guitar Lessons
With a group guitar lesson, there are so many different activities you can do, ranging from in-class performances to festivals and school productions.
This variety holds the student’s attention during that difficult learning curve we were talking about earlier.
Take a friend
If you’re shy, don’t worry, just drag your buddy along with you.
If it’s not for them then that’s fine too, by then you’ll have made some guitar friends from the group and you’re on your way.
Benefits for children
Children learn through friendship and play. Their motivation comes from seeing what their friends are doing.
A group environment nurtures their natural curiosity and builds their confidence.
Rather than just making a noise, children learn that if they interact with their friends, slow down the tempo or reduce the volume, they will produce a recognizable tune.
They are not an individual but part of a larger group.
Fun is the key. If it’s fun, they’ll keep going.
As humans, we like social interaction. Especially with people who have the same interests as us.
Often these people are difficult to find.
In a group like this, you have an instant connection and shared goal. The act of making music and learning brings people together.
Is private instruction bad?
No way. Private instruction is another valuable way to learn.
Many students do both private and group instruction. But, for the reasons already mentioned, to begin with, group lessons would be more beneficial.
Once you have developed and grown to love your guitar, that is a good time to progress to private lessons.
But don’t dump your group lessons.
If you’re serious about playing the guitar then find a local tutor who teaches groups.
The development of your playing skills, your ability to perform and your confidence will all grow rapidly.
And you’ll have fun.