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Boasting a 4000-year-old history, the guitar is one of the world's most commonly played instruments and is used across a plethora of musical genres from blues, pop, funk & rock, and roll.
So, what makes it so popular?
For many, it is known as the 'go-to' instrument due to how respectably priced starter guitars can be compared to other instruments such as the violin and piano.
Naturally, some can be incredibly expensive, however, new starters don't need the most expensive instrument to begin learning the basics.
Also, what separates the guitar from the piano, for example, is its portability. Whether it's an acoustic or an electric, it can be transported with ease in a protective case, and the ease of transport means students can travel to and from lessons with their own personal instruments.
As discussed earlier, the guitar can be played across most musical genres, this, therefore, makes it an attractive choice regardless of a student's musical interests.
Furthermore, it is considered to be more of an approachable instrument to learn compared to others. Within one lesson, an absolute beginner can be encouraged to learn a three-chord song.
Mastering the C, D & G major chords (popular chordal placements amongst beginners) will allow you to play these songs:
- Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
- Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
- Love Me Do - The Beatles
Pretty impressive right?
Coincidentally, the city was once home to one of the most respected guitarists ever lived: Stevie Ray Vaughn.
In his early career, Vaughn created the Texas-based band Double Trouble, and as they grew in popularity within their home state, his eventual break came when Vaughn's band was invited by the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger to perform at a live party in New York City. He also caught the eye of David Bowie in the early stages of his career, in which they collaborated on a song together.
Considered to be one of the most prominent music scenes across the States during the 20th Century, Dallas was home to a range of influential popular music.
From guitar playing blues legends such as Robert Johnson to the discovery of Blind Lemon Jefferson singing on the streets of the city; Dallas has been a monumental producer of prestigious jazz, blues, and rock and roll music and this history continue to shape the present and future of the music scene across the city.
the 10,000-hour rule, once made famous by the writer Malcolm Gladwell, states that exerting oneself on a particular skill within such a dedicated timeframe will allow the individual to reach an expert level.
This is, as I expect you to ponder, an incredibly long time.
Therefore, before commencing on your learning journey, one's motivations and ambitions must be established.
Like learning any other instrument, the guitar has certain steps that beginners must be aware of prior to diving in headfirst. These could be categorized into eight separate sections:
Generally, beginners tend to skip some of these steps, and this is down to the impatience factor of wishing to play the guitar like their idols.
It is important to acknowledge that such fundamentals must be consolidated before anyone can expect to play a cover from Jimi Hendrix's discography.
This is why learning an instrument without the aid of an experienced hand can often create frustration amongst the student, which can therefore lead to reduced motivation levels: this is why so many people grow tired of mastering an instrument and give up before fulfilling their ambitions.
There is a range of benefits associated with hiring a guitar tutor, regardless of age, experience, or proficiency level.
Enhances both discipline and focus: If you are learning from home, there can be a wealth of distractions to prevent you from studying the guitar.
Is something on the TV, or is a family member lingering through your learning space, thus negatively affecting your concentration levels?
A guitarist tutor will avert such distractions to ensure a student can remain on course with their learning.
Generates confidence through the communication of one's learning/development. Firstly, performing in front of a trained professional from the very beginning will help to enhance your confidence when performing in the future.
During your guitar lessons, you would be expected to be conversing with your tutor throughout, discussing various techniques and learning principles.
If you are studying the guitar in the hope of one day performing in front of others, musicians are often prone to stage fright, especially at the beginning of their careers.
The sooner you perform and discuss your playing, the more confident you will naturally become.
The rich history of Dallas's musical talent has inspired a new generation of guitar players.
Such individuals offer their services to aspiring musicians and they can be hired not alone in Downton, but across Oak Lawn, North West, and South East Dallas.
The Superprof website has several trained guitarist mentors with varying levels of experience and musical specializations.
From veteran teachers to those that are highly proficient but inexperienced with tutoring, the hourly rate fluctuates with the average price around $38 per hour.
Again, the hourly rate largely depends on the teacher's musical skill and teaching experience, in which some have graduated from specialist music universities such as Atlanta to those that don't possess any relative formal education yet have a strong fundamental understanding of how best to teach the guitar to beginners and intermediates.
Each tutor can be contacted directly through the website and the average response time is under 24 hours.
Are you looking to begin to learn the guitar?
On Superprof, there are 8 guitar teachers available to give guitar lessons in Dallas.
A messaging system is in place on the platform that lets you get in touch with the guitar tutors that are offering private courses on the platform.
Once your lesson request has been accepted, you can begin your first lesson with your guitar teacher.
In Dallas and the suburban areas, there are 8 private guitar instructors available to offer courses
To find a private guitar teacher, read their cv to find out more information about their course offering. Our guitar instructors cover all types of guitar from electric, acoustic, bass.
Did you know you can even take music lessons online?
On Superprof, many of our Guitar instructors also offer online classes and courses. About 80% of tutors across our platform offer guitar lessons via Zoom.
To find available online classes, just select the webcam filter in the search engine to see the available tutors offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via Zoom offer you more benefits in terms of flexibility and are often less expensive as the instructor does not need to travel.
In Dallas, guitar teachers charge $38 for private guitar lessons.
The price for guitar lessons will differ depending on:
97% of our guitar teachers give their first guitar lesson for free.
The first thing you need is obviously to get your hands on a guitar. Some of the most common guitar brands are Gibson, ESP, Yamaha and Schecter.
The rate of a guitar can sometimes scare beginners.
If this is the case, you are able to rent a guitar to practice with until you feel ready to buy your own guitar.
Depending on the type of guitar you want to play, you may also need to purchase:
Certain guitar accessories are not neccessary in order for you to play the guitar. Don't hesitate to ask your guitar teacher for help on what accessories you should buy in order to play the music you want to.