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What to Expect at Your First Guitar Lesson

Whether you are an adult planning to start lessons, or the parent of a child interested in taking up the guitar, you may be wondering what to expect from your first lesson. Guitar is a fun and rewarding instrument to play, but can also be challenging. During your first lesson at Let’s Play Music, we will first determine what level you are. Some people have never strummed a single note before, while others may have taken a lesson or two in the past. Others may be self-taught, having no formal training. This article will focus on the beginner.

What to Expect at Your First Guitar Lesson

The entry-level guitarist must first learn some of the basics. For example, how should you hold the guitar? Are you right-handed or left-handed? What is the proper posture and hand position? These and other topics are covered during your first lesson. It is also important to learn how the guitar works. Students will learn the names of each part of the guitar, as well as the names of each string. We will discuss pitch and how it is affected as you play up and down the fingerboard. You will also learn some basic technique as it is applied to fretting notes and plucking strings.

As you progress with lessons, we will teach you how to read notes on the musical staff and how to play chords. However, during your first lesson, we will introduce the method of reading Tablature. This is an easy way to begin playing songs without having to read proper notation. With this method, we can teach you or your child to play a simple guitar riff during the first lesson. This will excite and motivate you to practice and take your playing to the next level!

If you would like personal assistance with any of the blog concepts, online and on-location lessons are available from Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC located in Derry and Londonderry, NH. www.letsplaymusic.com

Daniel Saunders

Daniel Saunders

Daniel is the Guitar Program Supervisor at Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC. He holds a degree in Music Performance from the Musicians Institute in California where he taught for nearly ten years. He is also published through Hal Leonard for Guitar World Magazine Video Lessons.

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