Why Guitar Technique Is Important

Enjoy a noticeable burst in creativity and have a wealth of fresh ideas to explore and begin to use. And hey, it makes learning and playing your favorite songs a heck of a lot easier, too!

Good Guitar Technique Will Help You

Over the course of my guitar teaching career, many a student have posed the query “Why is having good guitar technique important?” This is a great question and I’m happy that you asked… Let’s dive into it!

There are several valuable reasons why establishing a firm grip on your guitar technique is important. For starters, good “guitar technique” is immeasurably helpful for physically playing the guitar. It builds endurance, performance stamina and strength for the hands, fingers, wrists, arms, neck, back and shoulders. Yes, more than meets the eye at a casual glance! If a guitar player is deficient in strength and stamina in any of these locations, it’s a pretty sure bet that the problem is most likely a technique based issue. 

A lot of movements go into playing a guitar. You have to use two hands with one having to maneuver atop the strings and along the fret board (chords/scales), while the other hand has to manipulate going across the strings (picking/strumming).  They both have their own unique applications coupled with their own geocentric challenges. 

Not only is hand placement and positioning imperative but also, how one postures their arms, shoulders, back, neck, etc… all of these things play a significant role. Another thing to keep in mind is that everyone is different. What may seem easy for one guitar player to do can be extremely difficult for another. Things that may appear to be common sense for one player may not be an obvious observation or task to perform for someone else. For these reasons alone a personalized approach to building guitar technique is essential.

Trying to figure out all of many myriad things that go into building and developing solid guitar playing technique can be daunting and downright frustrating when one tries to do it alone. Sure, you can browse YouTube, Facebook or various guitar forums to try and find solutions but, what works for one guitar player isn’t always the best thing for another. And frankly, how can you gauge if the information you’re getting is actually coming form a credible source? Just because someone has some time in playing guitar doesn’t mean they know how to effectively (or correctly!) teach anything on guitar. The potential problems this can cause (like poor technique!)  can far outweigh any benefit you may garner. Why leave your guitar playing destiny in the hands of someone who may actually harm your playing? 

In guitar lessons I teach to my private students I address what the student’s unique and individual technique needs are. Everything is explained clearly and the instruction is highly focused so these individuals are able to progress as quickly as possible while insuring a solid grip on the fundamental (to advanced..) applications of guitar technique. This also rules out the possibility of unnecessary injury that can occur from poor or misguided guidance from unqualified people.

One thing I can assure you, the freedom that good guitar technique gifts one with is boundless and incredibly abundant! And the good news, it doesn’t take too long to get a foothold on solid guitar technique when you have a good guitar teacher paving a clear path for you. Someone who addresses your respective guitar technique and playing needs. Oh, and another awesome benefit from establishing stable guitar playing technique is that it frees up you mental faculties. Yes, you will enjoy a noticeable burst in creativity and have a wealth of fresh ideas to explore and begin to use. And hey, it makes learning and playing your favorite songs a heck of a lot easier, too!

Five Star Guitar Lessons provides private custom guitar lessons and instruction for adults. Guitar lessons are focused to the student’s musical and playing interests. Lessons are in person at the studio in Clearwater, Fl or online over the internet. Let Brian know which format works best. I Look Forward to Hearing from You! Contact Five Star Guitar Lessons 

Musically Yours,
Brian Kloby – Guitar Instructor/Music Teacher                                                             Five Star Guitar Lessons, Clearwater, Fl, ☎ (813)438-6203 

Why To Take Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons: Why Take Them?

If you are reading this right now, you have probably been thinking “Should I take Guitar Lessons”? Or perhaps “Do I really need a Guitar Teacher?” or “Are Guitar Lessons right for me”? These are normal things to ask and I have addressed them many, many times over the last 24+ years professionally teaching guitar. This page is to help you about making a decision about why to take guitar lessons. Alright then, with that said, if:

1. You’re a beginning, intermediate to advanced Guitar Player looking to improve your playing, Yes, guitar lessons are going to help you (especially so if you’re a beginner or intermediate/advanced intermediate level) Let’s face it, It’s important to get off on the right foot. Think about this… If you wanted to become a better baseball player. wouldn’t Baseball Camp help you? Of course it would! Getting a good guitar teacher is no different. 
  2. You’re determined to know more about Music and Guitar but are not certain as to which direction(s) and/or path(s) to take. Yes, guitar lessons are going to help you. Be realistic, doesn’t it make sense to seek guidance from a person who has trotted the path(s) you wish to explore? The same way a “Guide” who takes you on a tour of the Grand Canyon would do? Making sure you stay on the “Path” and don’t fall off a cliff or something else just as bad. Well, we both know the answer to that. The answer is YES! 
  3. You want to play Lead Guitar or become a better, more confident Lead Guitarist but, you don’t know where to start. Yes, guitar lessons are going to help you. 

Now, imagine how good you will feel when you gain confidence with your lead playing and understand your guitar better! How long do you want to keep doing things thru trial and error… hit and miss… getting limited results… or worse, getting nowhere at all? It makes sense to go to an individual who’s been there, done that and is STILL doing it. It’s going to save you a heck of a lot of time and frustration. Why not take advantage of that? Looking at it this way it clearly makes perfect sense to seek that individual’s guidance and expertise. Frankly, it’s a no-brainer to go to THAT person for guidance! 

 I could list about a hundred more reasons but, what it comes down to is THIS:

If you are just starting out, are an intermediate level player looking to take it to the next level or perhaps a more advanced guitar player struggling with gaps in your knowledge and technique, you are in the right place. Give yourself some credit for taking action towards investing in yourself. You are a wise individual for seeking instruction from an experienced guitar teacher.

Now listen, this is VERY IMPORTANT! 

 It’s not just any guitar teacher that’ll do. You want guitar lessons with the RIGHT guitar teacher for you. Someone who actually has real playing experience, knowledge and skill in the style(s) of music you like and want to play. This person also needs experience teaching guitar with a proven track record as a successful guitar teacher.

THIS is THE PERSON who can Effectively Teach You! 

I play and teach lead/rhythm guitar in the styles of Electric Blues, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Funk Rock, Country Rock, R&B, Motown, Soul, Alternative Rock, Jump Blues, Blues Rock, Jazz Rock Fusion.  

Would you like to to play awesome rhythm guitar? Want to jam out some hot lead guitar solos? Are you looking to do both? I can help you. I personalize your guitar lessons so they focus on what you need to learn, improve and practice to attain your musical and guitar playing goals. I have over 20 years of professional guitar teaching experience and have helped hundreds of students power up their guitar playing to a higher level.

If you’re willing to put in the required effort (Yes, it’s not all on the guitar teacher… the student needs to make a commitment.. not to the teacher… but to themselves), I’m here for you.

Are you ready to start playing guitar or becoming a better guitar player? Would you like to feel good about your music and guitar playing? Awesome! I look forward to moving you quickly towards reaching your ultimate musical and guitar playing goals. Contact Five Star Guitar Lessons 

I Look Forward to Hearing from You!

Musically Yours,
Brian Kloby – Guitar Teacher, Music Instructor – Five Star Guitar Lessons, Clearwater, Fl

Five Star Guitar Lessons provides private custom guitar lessons and instruction for adults. Guitar lessons are focused to the student’s musical and playing interests. Lessons are in person at the studio in Clearwater, Fl or online over the internet. Let Brian know which format works best for you.

How To Buy The Right Guitar

Buy The Right Guitar For YOU

Many options are available when it comes to buying a guitar.  There are acoustic guitars and electric guitars. They also come in all kinds of different styles and shapes. This article will help you decide how to buy the right guitar for YOU.

First, let’s get past a popular misconception about which type of guitar is best for beginners (regardless of age). This misconception being that an acoustic guitar, either a Steel String or Nylon String guitar, is the easiest and best choice. Many also will claim that learning guitar on a Nylon String instrument is easier than on Steel String guitars.

This is incorrect. Yes, this is a myth. Fact of the matter is acoustic guitars in general (steel string and nylon strings) require a good deal of hand strength to play. Mostly for the fretting hand in particular.

Steel String Acoustics are very common. These guitars are used traditionally in Country, Folk, Delta Blues and Bluegrass music. One of these would be a good choice if you ONLY want to play traditional acoustic guitar in one/any of those styles.

Nylon Stringed (Classical Guitars) are the traditional standard for playing Classical music. Time and time again, I have heard many people say that they have been told these guitars (and particularly Nylon String guitars) are the easiest to play. No, they are not easier to play. and furthermore, no,they are not the “easiest” to learn on. You are still going to get sore fingers and you will still experience the full spectrum of other issues as well including left and right hand coordination, developing enough fretting hand strength to play chords and scales, etc… Hey, it’s all part of learning how to play. There is no way around it.

Now let’s look at the other available options: Electric Guitars.

Electric Guitars are common in many different styles of music ranging from Rock, Funk, R&B to Jazz, Electric Blues and Fusion. The most important question to ask yourself is “What type of Music do I want to play”?

Perhaps you like and want to play Electric Blues (Albert, Freddy and BB King, Buddy Guy and so on). Maybe you’re into Classic Rock (Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Richie Blackmoore. etc…).  Well, if this is the case, an Electric Guitar is going to be a very good choice for you.

Who are you’re favorite guitar players? What type of guitars do they play? If you really dig people like Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a Stratocaster (or Strat/S Style guitar) would be a good choice. Perhaps you’re really into Jimmy Page, Dicky Betts or Warren Haynes. Well then, a Les Paul (or LP style guitar) is going to be a good choice. Or perhaps you’re into all of these people. If so, go with whichever one of these guitar styles is more attractive to you. There is no rule that says you can’t play Hendrix on a Les Paul or that you can’t play Zeppelin on a Stratocaster because… you can. When it comes down to it the most important thing is that YOU like the guitar and that it’s appropriate for the styles of music you want to play. You want for the instrument to connect with you in some kind of a personal way. That you’re comfortable with it and the guitar yells out… “This is Me!” is what’s important.

In conclusion, you need to be happy with the guitar you are going to be playing. It MUST be something that YOU connect with in a very personal way. The guitar also needs to be suitable for the types of music you want to play. Long story short, if you’re into music that’s played on Electric Guitars then get an Electric Guitar! Get the type of guitar that is meant for the type(s) of music you want to play and Go For It!

Alright then, are you ready to start playing guitar or becoming a better guitar player? Feeling ready to take your playing up to the next level and make your musical dreams a reality? Contact Five Star Guitar Lessons   

I Look Forward to Hearing from you!

Musically Yours,
Brian Kloby – Guitar Teacher, Music Instructor – Five Star Guitar Lessons, Clearwater, Fl

Five Star Guitar Lessons provides professional guitar instruction for adults. In person guitar lessons are available at the studio in Clearwater, Fl or online internet guitar lessons on your computer.