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Learning to play the guitar can be a richly rewarding experience. Whether it’s the first time you’re picking up the instrument or you have years of experience jamming with friends and in bands, there’ll always be that desire to improve and master the craft.
Nothing quite beats knowing that you’re hitting every note and chord just as it was meant to be played, especially if you plan on playing for an audience in some way.
If you ask most people, they’d probably tell you that they would like to be able to play a musical instrument. More often than not, this will forever be wishful thinking or regret for later on in life. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way.
However young or old you are you can decide to pick up the guitar now and learn a skill for life.
Playing guitar is something that will always be deeply satisfying if you dedicate time to practising and perfecting your technique. Not only will you be able to escape the world and play your favourite songs to pass the time, but you can also collaborate with others to make a sound that brings joy to others.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn guitar, it’s important that you have a desire to learn and improve your skillset. If your motivators are extrinsic, meaning they come from another source such as your parents or pressure from friends, then you’ll probably want to dig deeper. It’s best to have strong internal, or intrinsic, motivators as these are the ones that will spark your interest and maintain it for it a long time.
An intrinsic motivator could be anything from connecting to the process of playing the guitar in a mindful way, to a deep desire to learn how to play better and hone your skills.
The fastest way to make progress with your guitar-playing skills is to work with a tutor. A tutor will be able to quickly identify your blind spots and anything that might be preventing you from progressing. This is a person who will have a breadth of knowledge of both music theory as well as practical know-how.
Depending on your learning style they can either explain to you the techniques that work best or simply show you on their own guitar.
This is one of the greatest things about having a tutor - they can tailor each lesson to your individual needs and preferences.
Whether you’re more of a visual learner who needs to see someone get their hand into position for a certain chord, or a logical learner who prefers oral instruction, your tutor should be able to speak your language.
The other great thing about having access to a tutor is that they more often than not will have a database of songs in their arsenal.
Say you hear a song that sounds like it would be fun to play on guitar but you wouldn’t know where to start. In this case, you can bring it up with your tutor in the next lesson, and you can work together to figure out the notes and chords.
Playing the guitar requires more than skill, but patience too. As with any musical instrument, progress with the guitar can seem slow and laboured. When you feel like you just can’t get your fingers into position for a specific chord, it can be tempting to give up. Or when you’re tired of having to tune the guitar before every session, this can dissuade you from even picking it up.
Many of us have stories of how we once played an instrument, but the reality is a lot of us never got very far and gave up as soon as it seemed like too much effort.
Since a common motivation for playing an instrument is just fun and not to become a musician, it can be hard to convince yourself to continue when it becomes challenging.
Whereas you may be able to persevere with a difficult academic subject like physics based on your desire to use it in a career someday, playing the guitar is more often than not a recreational pursuit.
This is where having a tutor can be invaluable.
A tutor can make playing the guitar fun. If you want to make technical progress but also just play around with the guitar, then having a tutor is the best way to achieve both goals.
The lessons can be anything you want them to be, so if recreation is the goal then you can make that the main aim of each class.
With a tutor, you will be able to develop your guitar-playing skills while still feeling like you’re having as much fun as you imagined you would.
While having fun is great, you’ll reach a point where you want to get better so you can play a wider variety of songs and increase the enjoyment you can get from the hobby.
A tutor, especially one with a lot of teaching experience, will have come across all kinds of fun methods to learn the guitar and will be able to teach it in a way that keeps things fresh and exciting.
Finding a tutor to help you fine-tune your guitar skills has never been easier. A simple search of the Superprof website will show you all the guitar tutors in the Sheffield area and beyond. You can filter the search based on teaching experience, qualifications, and the ratings and reviews left by previous students.
What’s great about working with a tutor through Superprof is you’ll be able to find the most suitable hourly rate which works with your budget, as well as be able to choose whether you take the lessons in person or online.
If you prefer to stay in the comfort of your home where you have all your guitar equipment, then you can do just that and communicate with your tutor via webcam as if they are there in person.
Are you looking to start to play the guitar?
On Superprof, there are 23 guitar instructors available to give guitar classes in Sheffield.
Our messaging service allows you to get in touch with the guitar instructors registered on our platform.
Once your course request has been approved, you can start your first lesson with your guitar instructor.
In Sheffield and the surrounding areas, there are 23 guitar instructors available to give courses
To find a private guitar teacher, take a look at their advert to find out more information about their course offering. Our guitar instructors cover all types of guitar from electric, acoustic, bass.
Did you know you can even take music lessons online?
On Superprof, many of our Guitar teachers also offer online tuition. About 80% of tutors across our platform give guitar lessons online.
To find available online lessons, just select the webcam filter in the search engine to see the available tutors offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via Skype offer you more benefits in terms of flexibility and are often less expensive as the tutor does not need to travel.
On average guitar instructors charge £20 for guitar classes per hour in Sheffield.
The cost for guitar lessons will differ depending on:
97% of our private tutors give their first guitar lesson for free.
The first step is obviously to get your hands on a guitar. Some of the most well known guitar brands are Gibson, ESP, Fender and Schecter.
The cost of a guitar can sometimes put off new students.
If this is the case, you can rent a guitar to practice with until you feel ready to purchase your own guitar.
Depending on the type of guitar you want to play, you may also buy:
Certain guitar accessories are not required in order for you to play the guitar. Don't hesitate to ask your guitar tutor for guidance on what accessories you should buy in order to play the music you want to.