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October 06, 2008

Good guitar lessons are hard to make

So I had some free time tonight, and I thought I'd try and whip up a short little guitar lesson. I ended up just noodling for over half an hour, not getting anywhere. I have learned over the years that it's not easy to create good guitar lessons, and trying to throw together one on a whim like that is really not a very good idea. I'm just wasting my time and I get frustrated. Should have used that time to plan a good guitar lesson for another time! Arrghh!

I actually do have a plan, which will be a series of blues lessons. However, those are not ready enough to make videos of yet. I keep thinking I can throw together some cool little lesson in a short time by improvising, and it just does't work.

From all the feedback I have gotten this last year, it seems a majority wants to learn to play lead better. Usually it's blues or rock they mention. I'm starting to think the more I do this stuff, the harder it gets. For example, playing lead is hard. It takes a lot of different type of skills together with experience to make it sound good. I don't really know how to teach this well. I am talking about right hand/left hand techniques, sound and tone, style, attitude, confidence and experience. There's also a million ways to do it.

I also want to gear more lessons towards beginners, since I think I could reach more people that way. The problem is, I find it harder to do the beginner material compared to more advanced topics.

This is turning into a pessimistic post, isn't it? Hmm, I'm sorry. I guess I need to go do something else for a while.

I do appreciate any and all feedback you might have about my lessons and learning guitar in general, so drop me a note if you have ideas or feedback.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on October 06, 2008

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