Before you start learning guitar online, there are a few important things we need to make you aware of so that you can make the most out of your lessons.
This post is specifically about learning guitar online but many of the tips here are also relevant to other instruments.
1. buying a guitar
The first (and most important!) thing you will need to do is make sure you have a suitable guitar for you or your child. We normally recommend going to a shop to find a guitar that is a suitable size, shape and type for you or your child but as that is not possible, check out our updated advice on how to buy a guitar online
2. tuning your guitar
As we are currently not able to see you in person, you will need to have a go at getting your guitar in tune yourself. This is something you should learn how to do anyway and, like all elements of playing guitar, it will take time to master.
We will help you fine tune your guitar in your lessons but it will greatly reduce the time we spend doing this if you can get it roughly in tune beforehand. This will become easier the more you do it and there are numerous approaches you can take. Here are some you will find useful on how to tune your guitar yourself
3. your g4 guitar method book
All our students work through our structured method and you will need a copy of the first level so that you can practice in between your lessons.
Once we have confirmed your first 5 lessons, we will email you a PDF, which we recommend printing out or, if you prefer, we can post a copy to you. If you would like to receive a copy by post, just email us your full address so we can get it to you as soon as possible. For more info about how the G4 GUITAR METHOD can help you or your child have fun while learning to play, check out this post
4. guitar picks (or plectrums)
Of the 7 Essential Skills you will learn when you follow the G4 GUITAR METHOD, picking is perhaps the most important, at least for the first few months.
It is therefore essential that you have a selection of guitar picks (also known as plectrums) available. If you opt to receive your method by post, we’ll put a few in to get you started but we recommend buying some more as they get lost easily (trust me on this – I’ve been playing a long time and have probably been through thousands of picks!).
Thankfully, guitar picks are pretty cheap and you can get a good selection for only a few quid. We recommend medium to hard picks, which are better for picking and will last longer than thin ones – we recommend a selection pack like this
Another important skill you’ll work on is playing in time, which is essential if you want to play your favourite songs properly.
You will need a metronome at home to use both in your online lessons and when practicing. You can download a free metronome app for your phone or search online (hint: if you go to Google and type in “metronome”, one will come up right on the homepage) so you don’t need to spend any additional money on this essential bit of kit.
6. zoom settings
We use Zoom for all our online lessons. Here are some tips on how to adjust the settings to ensure we can see and hear each other properly
7. Parental Involvement
For parents of younger children (approx. 4-11), we require a parent or adult to sit in, at least to start with.
We require this in in-person lessons too, as we want to ensure you know what your child is learning so that you can help them organise their practice time. For online lessons, this is even more important, as you may need to help your child follow our instructions and help us fix any technical issues that may arise from time to time.
8. Resources & Communication
Please make sure you have our email address – croydon@g4guitarschools – saved in your address book so that you can ensure you don’t miss out on important updates.
You will also be able to communicate directly with your teacher via phone and email once your lessons start. We provide a host of additional resources for our students, such as bonus lesson materials, instruction videos, free workshops and performance opportunities, as well as an exclusive Facebook group, just for our students & their parents.
By engaging with these resources, you will get so much more out of your lessons with us 🙂
I hope you found this information useful and, as always, if you have any questions about learning guitar with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.