FAQ - Guitar Lessons

Starting guitar lessons as a beginner can be a daunting process. Most newcomers wishing to take lessons can feel nervous and have anticipation about the whole process.

I remember picking up a guitar for the first time and feeling excited to get started but not knowing how or what to do next. 

The video below outlines the most frequently asked questions with their relative answers. 

Each students situation when learning guitar is unique and differs from another student. With this uniqueness come some particular questions and queries. Below I have outlined and answered some specific questions in depth. 

 

I have (Dyslexia / ADHD) will this be a problem learning guitar? 

 

Dyslexia

If you have dyslexia, you may wonder whether it will affect your ability to read music or play an instrument. The short answer?  It depends as each person's ability to deal with Dyslexia is unique.

 

Difficulty in reading words can also impact the ability to read, decode and interpret music. That doesn’t mean that your dyslexia will stop you from learning to play music and enjoy doing it. The brain systems involved with dyslexia are complicated, and they vary from person to person.

 

Music isn’t written the same way for all instruments. There’s a big difference between reading drumming, piano, and guitar notation. While you might have difficulty reading piano music, guitar notation might feel quite natural. The only way to know is to try.

 

Certain research suggests that musical training may have a positive impact on reading skills. Learning music can be a fun, more relaxed way of listening to, and producing, changes in sound. Research suggests that it may also improve the ability to process speech sounds.

 

 For some people with dyslexia, reading music may be easier than reading text

ADHD

Traditional learning programs can help people diagnosed with ADHD and other special needs, concentrate and focus. Learning music can provide a steady stream of structure, enjoyment and accomplishment to enhance your life skills. 

 

Music builds and strengthens the auditory, visual/spatial, and motor cortices of the brain.  These areas of the brain are tied to speech and language, reading, math, problem-solving, and attention issues. Studies indicate that when people with ADHD learn a musical instrument, attention, concentration, impulse control, social functioning improve. Not to mention self-esteem, self-expression and motivation when performing a completed piece of music to their peers.

Some people with ADHD have difficulty focusing on tasks when there is background noise. Learning music entails focusing on reading a page of music notation and having a sound being rung out at the same time. This can strengthen the relationship between the focused task and the background noise (music) and train the student to control both to their advantage. 

How can I get the most out of my guitar lessons?

 

Taking guitar lessons is a big investment in effort, time, self-motivation and finances.  This investment can pay big dividends if you plan your guitar lessons wisely.

 

Below is an infographic that should help you get the most out of your guitar lessons