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Why learn to play the guitar

鈥淚 believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their guitar playing. They just have to identify what makes them different and develop it.鈥 Jimmy Page

And you, have you identified what makes your guitar playing unique? If you haven鈥檛 yet figured it out, but you find this message inspiring, then you should definitely think about taking up guitar lessons.

Among the most legendary musical cities around the United Kingdom, Glasgow easily stands out for harbouring one of the most vibrant and dynamic independent music scenes. Named UNESCO City of Music in 2008, Glasgow hosts a wide variety of artists that represent every musical style under the sun, from classical and contemporary pop to Celtic and even country music.

Can you find a more iconic city to learn how to play the guitar? Whether you鈥檙e interested in learning how to play the jazz guitar, the acoustic guitar, the bass, the electric guitar, the steel-string guitar or the ukulele, you鈥檒l definitely find what you鈥檙e looking for in Glasgow. All you have to do is decide whether you prefer to take private guitar lessons with a personal instructor at home or attend group lessons at a music school, and you鈥檒l be jamming to your favourite hits in no time.

But the first question you鈥檙e probably asking yourself is, why should you learn to play the guitar?

The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in the world, across cultures and generations. It has historically accompanied some of the greatest musical legends and rock bands in history, like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Guns N鈥 Roses, and Eddie van Halen. And not only is it a popular instrument, but it鈥檚 also fairly easy to play, once you鈥檝e mastered the theory, of course.

So, before you start dreaming of your successful international career, let鈥檚 start with the basics: taking music lessons.

The first thing you need to master, whether you like it or not, is music theory. Once you鈥檙e able to read sheet music or guitar tabs, learning to play the guitar is quite simple. However, it鈥檚 important that you don鈥檛 give up when you play a wrong note or mess up a chord.

Because learning the different chords can take a while, but soon you鈥檒l be able to jam to some of the greatest rock songs in history. Or to your favourite flamenco tunes, if that鈥檚 your preferred style.

The advantage of choosing the guitar over other instruments is that the appropriate sheet music and tablatures are easy to come by.

Guitar tabs are an alternative notation system, where notes and chords are portrayed using numbers placed on a six-line staff, with each line representing a different string on the guitar. This method can easily help beginner guitarists learn how to position their fingers on the different strings, without necessarily any prior study of music theory. In fact, many self-taught guitarists today learned how to play the guitar just by using tablatures.

However, if you prefer to pursue a deeper guitar training, then a private tutor or a group lesson is likely the best path for you, especially if you鈥檙e also interested in composing. The guitar will then become a valuable addition to your new original songs.

The guitar is also a perfect instrument for those of you who love to sing, as it can perfectly accompany your voice

Whether or not you like to sing, however, learning how to play the guitar can be useful if you鈥檙e interested in joining a band.

Many new bands cropping up around the city often look for budding guitarists, and you鈥檒l be booking back-to-back gigs in no time.

Rock, jazz, blues, flamenco, R&B, gypsy jazz, bossa nova, classical and countless other music styles can be played on the guitar. So, if you like all types of music, the guitar is definitely the instrument for you.

Where to find guitar lessons in Glasgow

From Greater Pollok to Springburn and North East, you鈥檒l surely find somewhere to play the guitar in Glasgow, a city rich in musical culture.

A myriad of different organisations throughout the UK are making the arts accessible to both children and adults alike. Creative Scotland, for example, is the official government body that works to support the arts throughout Scotland. One of their programs, the Scottish Government鈥檚 Youth Music Initiative (YMI), is helping young people acess a high-quality musical education. So far, the YMI has awarded 拢1.6 million in funding to about 50 organisations throughout Scotland, that will go to organising workshops and investing in rehearsal spaces so that children can have better access to the art of making music.

For those of you who are interested in pursuing a professional music career, and who imperatively want to learn by first understanding the music theory, you can always explore the option of attending the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, located in the heart of Glasgow.

You will benefit from being taught by a staff of music professionals, most of whom continue to play professionally today in orchestras all around the world.

Various independent music schools also offer one-on-one and group guitar lessons, for beginners and more advanced players alike. Based on your level and on your own objectives, they will provide you with a program of study.

In Glasgow, some of these schools include the Glasgow Music School, Village School of Music, and Glasgow Music Studios.

Another option you have in Glasgow is finding a personal guitar instructor. This is probably the best option for you if your schedule doesn鈥檛 allow you to attend weekly group lessons.

Just make sure you take the time to choose your guitar tutor, according to your goals and music taste!

What you鈥檒l learn during your guitar lessons

Depending on whether you decide to play the electric guitar, the acoustic guitar, or the ukulele, your guitar lesson will vary according to the type of instrument used. However, all students will learn the basics to eventually become independent and to be able to play on their own.

The goal is to make sure everyone makes fast progress.

Classical music, jazz, pop, film music, rock, blues... no matter your favourite music genre, all students are welcome in group lessons, whether it鈥檚 at a music school or with an association.

The first lesson is often used by the instructors to get to know their students. They鈥檒l want to know each student鈥檚 personal and professional objectives, and they鈥檒l also be assessing their strengths and weaknesses.

While some people will likely struggle with the music theory, others will have trouble with the practical side of playing the guitar.

It鈥檚 true that sight reading, reading guitar tabs, and note dictations can sometimes be a bit difficult.

However, learning the music theory is almost an obligatory passage when you decide to take guitar lessons at the national conservatoire, for example. Most guitar instructors ask that their students be able to recognise the different music notes and keep tempo.

Once you鈥檝e learned and mastered the theory, you鈥檒l dedicate your practice time to covering simple songs, accessible to beginners.

Slowly, apprentice guitarists get used to where their hands and fingers should go, and they become more flexible. It鈥檒l thus become easier to play and to know which cords to pluck.

Certain instructors propose group lessons and even prepare an end-of-the-year show. This is of course not the case if you decide to take private lessons. However, you can always sign up for gigs around the city to practice your performance skills and start making a name for yourself as an amateur musician.

As your level improves, you鈥檒l be tackling harder and harder pieces. After some years of pratice, you鈥檒l be learning more complex covers and will maybe be ready to start composing your own songs, if you haven鈥檛 started already!

Why learn how to play the guitar with a private tutor?

There are many different ways to take guitar lessons: online, at home with a private instructor, in a group at a specialised music school, etc. So, why should you choose to go with a private tutor?

Taking group lessons, especially when learning an instrument, can sometimes be a bit frustrating. You don鈥檛 necessarily all like the same music style, and not everyone has the same skill level. When you take group lessons that are 鈥渙pen to all levels,鈥 you may find that they are either too boring or too complicated for you.

Taking guitar lessons with a private instructor allows you to have their full attention throughout the lesson, so that they may focus on your own personal and professional objectives. What鈥檚 more, a good teacher will identify your problem areas and will help you resolve them so that you may quickly advance in the field.

By choosing private lessons, you鈥檒l also be able to choose your own practice schedule, according to your own availability. A huge advantage that allows for flexibility if your plans for the week suddenly change.

Whether you鈥檙e a beginner or looking to improve your level, private instructors have experience with all types of students, and will know exactly how to help you meet your goals.

And, sometimes, they also have experience with other instruments and can accompany your guitar-playing with the piano, the saxophone, the bass, the cello, the flute, the harmonica, the clarinet, the trumpet, etc.

Find a guitar instructor in Glasgow

The O2 ABC, the Stereo, King Tut鈥檚 Wah Wah Hut, the Arches, the Old Fruitmarket, the Royal Glagow Concert Hall… Glasgow is a city bursting with iconic music venues. A dynamic music hub where you鈥檒l easily find your ideal guitar instructor.

But how?

If you wish to take guitar lessons at a music school, all you have to do is take a look at the schools we listed above and visit them directly to ask for more information about their lessons. These schools often propose lessons in other instruments, such as the drums or the piano, as well as musical awakening and music theory lessons, among others.

To find a private instructor that will teach you all about the history of the guitar, and who will point you towards the best music stores in the city, just check out the personal ads in the paper or online.

You鈥檙e sure to find tutors with all types of professional experience to teach you music.

On the Superprof platform, for example, you can choose from about 28 personal tutors in Glasgow, and from 2,448 online tutors. For an average rate of 拢20/hour, you鈥檒l learn the basics of playing the guitar and master the proper technique.

Also, at Superprof, all of our guitar instructors in Glasgow offer the 1st lesson for free!

This first lesson is a great way to test a private tutor before committing to weekly lessons with them. You can also use it to ask them for some advice before purchasing your first guitar, for example.

As long as you find an instructor that you get along with, you鈥檒l feel comfortable enough to make mistakes and to listen to their advice, and you鈥檒l be making progress in no time.

鈥淭hat鈥檚 the cool thing about the guitar, there鈥檚 always more to learn鈥 Jim Heath.


馃幐Where can you find a guitar teacher in Glasgow?

Are you looking to begin to play the guitar?


There are currently 38 guitar teachers available to give guitar lessons in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.


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馃幍 How many teachers are currently offering private guitar lessons near you?

In Glasgow and the surrounding areas, there are 38 guitar instructors available to offer lessons


Take a look at your teacher's personal adverts and choose the guitar teacher that suits to your needs. On Superprof, we have guitar instructors covering all types of guitar: electric, acoustic, bass.


Choose your private course from our range of more than 38 guitar tutors.

馃捀 How much do guitar tutors charge for private guitar classes in Glasgow?

On average guitar teachers charge 拢20 for guitar classes in Glasgow.


The price for guitar lessons will differ depending on:

  • the experience of your guitar teacher
  • the type of guitar you want to learn (acoustic, electric, bass...)
  • the location of your guitar classes (via Skype or the student's place)
  • the frequency of your lessons and the duration of each class
  • the objective of your guitar classes

97% of our tutors give their first guitar lesson for free.


Check out the rates of our guitar private tutors in your city.

馃幐What equipment do you need before taking guitar lessons with a guitar teacher?

The first thing you need is obviously to purchase a guitar. Some of the most common guitar brands are Ibanez, PRS, Yamaha and Schecter.


The price of a guitar can sometimes intimidate new students.

If this is the case, you may want to rent a guitar to use until you are ready to purchase your own guitar.


Depending on the type of guitar you want to play, you may also purchase:

  • an amp
  • an audio cable
  • a guitar strap
  • guitar picks
  • an effects pedal

Certain guitar accessories are not obligartory in order for you to learn to play the guitar. Don't hesitate to ask your guitar tutor for advice on what accessories you should buy in order to play the music you want to.


Find your teacher from our range of more than 38 profiles.