All he wants to do is practice and that’s all he does, all day long. That’s what it takes if you want to change the face of music. You’ve gotta be committed to it – Jimmy Chamberlin (about Sean Woolstenhulme)
Resources for the Instrumentalist
When I first picked up my father’s acoustic guitar I had no clue how to play the first note, then I discovered Justin Guitar. Justin Sandercoe, my first guitar teacher, offers free video guitar lessons on his website divided into a series of courses. The Beginner’s Course takes you through basic open chords and scales but there is an Intermediate Course and other genre specific courses that you can benefit from. One thing I like about Justin’s approach is that after learning three chords he encourages you to play songs so you can strum the chords to Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds from Day One. Self-discipline is crucial; sticking to Justin’s schedule was sometimes an issue for me as at points I found myself skipping lessons or doing several in one sitting. All you need is a guitar to start lessons.
For more complex features such as multiple time signatures (4/4 timing is standard but 3/4, 6/8 and others may be necessary especially for exotic genres like flamenco) try this more advanced version.
Pianos need to be tuned about once per year on average and electronic keyboards never go out of tune but for guitars, it’s a different story altogether. Acoustic guitars, electric guitars and bass guitars may need tuning as often as every day. It is a good habit to check whether your guitar is in tune each time you play. Several options are available for guitar tuning. Clip-on or headstock tuners are cheap and useful. There are also excellent free tuners online such as this one from Fender.
Resources for the Vocalist
Superior Singing Method