We worked on fixing this problem I had with timing by playing with a metronome and playing the part together.
This wasn’t the first time playing the riff with another guitarist, however it was the first time playing it with another guitarist who can communicate back to me.
I had played it along with instructional videos, but the problem with that is that they can’t hear what you are doing so can’t offer guidance on how to improve.
This is a massive part of the learning process since your own ears can be deceiving, giving yourself a false sense of what sounds right particularly at the early stages of developing your craft.
That’s why it’s so useful to have a teacher in front of you, guiding you along the way. And being able to change the rhythm for you almost instantly so that you are giving a chance to have a break, or slow down, or speed up as well.
Or change the key so it’s more comfortable for you to get into the groove of your playing.
After my first session, I left with a huge amount of confidence and drive going forward, and I managed to play the riff accurately for the first time.
He was able to point out my mistakes and offered advice that I would continue to use even after playing for nearly 12 years now.
Playing with someone else and having them give feedback on your progress is a huge motivational boost and will undoubtedly make you a better player.
I had him as my teacher for 2 years and eventually went on to music academy where I was trained by professional musicians for 3 years.
I would not be the same musician that I am today without those initial guitar lessons, and I would have continued playing the same mistakes over and over until I convinced myself that it was right.
I am forever thankful to my parents for paying for those lessons and will urge any beginner to use a guitar teacher.…