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Free Guitar Lessons

During COVID 19 we have been unable to teach any guitar lessons at our centre in Petersfield, Hampshire.

So we have been working on some free resources to help our current students keep learning and jamming at home as well as introduce new students into the benefits of playing guitar.

In this blog post I am going to introduce you to some of our free guitar lessons and resources to get you playing and keep you playing during lockdown.

Our Blog

We are going to be regularly posting videos, audio, transcriptions and articles in our blog. These articles are completely free guitar lessons and will provide resources for you to develop your skills.

YouTube

Did you know we have a YouTube channel with free guitar lessons? Well if not check out the link below to access our free guitar lesson tutorial videos.

Online courses

We offer free guitar lessons as part of an online course that is published on the popular site Udemy. Click the link below to learn the essentials on playing the guitar.

Online lessons

We are offering a free guitar lesson to new customers who want to try learning with us online. The free guitar lesson will last 30 mins with one of our experienced tutors. Simply contact us for more details and to book.

Thanks for reading! if you have any feedback, comments or want to get in touch, head over to the contact page.

Introducing: Classical Guitar Lessons

Guitar Academy Petersfield has delivered the best in Guitar tuition to all ages and abilities since 2013. Primarily focusing on contemporary music genres such as Rock, Pop, Jazz and Blues. We are now expanding our product range and introducing Classical Guitar Lessons!

That’s right! we are introducing Classical Guitar Lessons at Guitar Academy Petersfield.

Learning the guitar is fun and rewarding whatever your preference in the genre. But in this blog post, we are going to look at the benefits of learning Classical Guitar.

  • Learning Classical Guitar Builds Confidence

Learning a musical instrument is hard work but also builds confidence. Learning guitar or classical guitar will allow you to build a skill that will last a lifetime and mastering this skill will give you a great sense of achievement.

  • You can play solo or in an ensemble

You can do this as a contemporary guitarist. But as a classical performer you are able to perform pieces without the need of backing tracks or other performers to make the piece recognisable to the listener. For example, you could pay a whole piece recreating a vocal melody and chord progression at the same time!

  • Playing classical guitar can make a great career option.

Learning classical guitar will equip you with a set of skills that are desirable in the music job market. Such as sight-reading skills.

  • It helps you focus

Learning classical guitar helps you develop your listening skills and focus. Learning classical is demanding and requires a lot of focus but is extremely rewarding.

  • Its versatile and sounds great!

The skills you develop when learning classical guitar can transition across to playing contemporary music. Classical guitars also sound great.

Conclusion

Here is just a few reasons why we think learning classical guitar is pretty great. We are quite pleased to be able to introduce it as a service at Guitar Academy.

If you are interested in learning more and starting lessons, then get in touch with us today.

Self-isolating? Learn Guitar Remotely!

Times are extremely challenging at the moment and we find ourselves hiding out and being faced with ongoing uncertainty.

As a small business we have also been faced with some challenges in response to covid-19 and will continue to do so.

But! in the spirit of adapting and overcoming hardship, we are now trialing remote lessons. Like skype, only without the skype software.

We are now trialing online lessons, delivered remotely by our tutors for anyone who wishes to distance themselves during these difficult times and still have a guitar lesson.

This could help relieve some of the working from home boredom and cabin fever from prolonged isolation.

If you’re interested in giving our online lesson service a go then get in touch for more info and to make a booking.

Stay safe out there!

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Buying your first Electric Guitar (1/2 Size)

In this short blog post, we are going to look at some of our recommended electric guitars for beginners. Buying your first guitar can be a little bit daunting, especially if you do not know what to look for. Before continuing, check out our other blog post on buying a guitar. This will give you some insights on what to look for. In this blog post, we are going to recommend some specific makes and models that we think are particularly good.

Guitars for younger players

Let us start by looking at some guitars designed for younger players and smaller hands. These guitars are in the 3/4 and 1/2 size category that we think are particularly good.

IBANEZ GRGM21 MIKRO ELECTRIC GUITAR

We got a couple of these in a while ago. They are well made, have really cool designs and small. Perfect for younger players that are not yet ready to play a full-size guitar.

Average RRP: £159

Available here

EPIPHONE LES PAUL EXPRESS

The Epiphone les paul express is a small size electric guitar. Good brand, well made and comes in a couple of different colours. What’s not to like.

Average RRP £109

SQUIER MINI GUITAR

Another good choice of small guitars from iconic brand Fender. These guitars are smaller versions of the iconic fender strat.

Retails around £109 for the Guitar alone.

Conclusion

So half size electric guitars are not as common as you would believe. They do exist but primarily online and some larger stores. The one piece of advice I would give in buying a smaller guitar is to always look for build quality. Try and avoid unknown brands and eBay deals. Some of the smaller guitars I have seen that have been randomly purchased from eBay have been shocking.

If you can wait a little longer until you can play a full-size guitar. You will be getting more for your money and a better quality item that will last longer. Many of these smaller guitars are priced so closely to a full-size guitar.

Anyway, hope you found this useful. If you want to contribute anything to the article let us know!

Getting Started on Guitar

For those about to rock…

So! you’ve been looking around the internet for Guitar Lessons. You might not be set on whather to have one to one lessons, learn online or try learning from a book. Well whatever your learning style we are here to help!

We specialise in one to one lessons in Petersfield. But in this article we are going to offer you some free materials to help you get started playing the Guitar at home. 

Assuming you already have a Guitar and sitting with it in front of your computer, you are going to want to start jamming right away. But before you do! you need to make sure you’re in tune. 

How to Tune your Guitar

We highly recommend at this point you have or invest in a clip on or plug in tuner. They are not expensive, good ones around £15 to 20. You can also download apps on your smart phone to perform this function. Some of the APPS are Free.

Lets get riffing!

Now you’re in tune using an electronic tuner and watching our handy video. You are now going to want to start playing some form of tune. So lets start by learning to read TAB. Learning to read TAB is the gateway to learning all your favourite tunes and licks with ease. 

The video below uses TAB in and provides a demonstration on how to play a famous lick. But if you need more guidance, you can also refer to our How to read TAB guide by clicking here.

So whats next!

I am glad you aasked! 

The next thing you will need to get down to start playing all your favourit tunes is chords. Chords are groups of notes played together in unison. These form the foundation of most of the songs we love. 

Where to go from here.

You we have essentially just shown you some of the basics of playing Guitar. With these core concepts down, you will be able to start to refine your skills and learn more songs you love over time. 

The next part is up to you. If you found learning from these videos useful, then maybe online learning is the way for you. There are 1000s of courses online, there is even a free one on youtube from us!

Or if you want to progress quickly and need someone to help you get motivated and inspire you to rock stardom. Then you could always consider a one to one tutor. Which, coincidently Guitar Academy provide in Petersfield.

Thanks for stopping by and check out our website and social media and all that jazz to learn more about us and more about Guitar.

Online Payments Explained

Online payments via your personal account

We have made it really easy to manage your bookings, see invoices and make payments.

On the main homepage is a ‘Student Log In’ button. This will take you to our log in screen. Once logged in you can select options from the right. Such as ‘Accounts and Invoices’ as illustrated in the image above.

Then if you just want to make a payment for an upcoming lesson or add some money to your account. Simply click ‘Make a Payment’. This allows you to enter the amount you wish and make a payment online.

You can also click the invoices tab to pay any invoices you might have.

How do I get an online account?

If you are a current or previous customer of ours at Guitar Academy Petersfield. You can log in with the credentials that would have been automatically emailed when you registered.

If you have forgotten, then go to the ‘Student log in’ menu at the top of the main site and then on the log in screen select ‘forgotten password’. Then with your email address you can reset your password.

If this does not work, please email info@guitaracademyuk.com

Easter Activities – Guitar Lessons

Looking for something to do this Easter half term? Then why not give Guitar Lessons a go. At Guitar Academy in Petersfield, Hampshire we specialise in providing one to one Guitar lessons for all ages and abilities. All lessons are fun and rewarding and teach valuable skills such as listening, team work, creativity and confidence.

We can even provide a guitar for you to use in lessons if you do not have your own yet.

This Easter half term we have various slots available with lessons lasting either 30 minutes or 1 hour. As a new student you also get 50% OFF your first lesson. Just quote: guitareaster when booking.

To book your lesson simply email info@guitaracademyuk.com or call 01730 858 219

Learn to Play Day 2019

This March the 24th 2019 We will be taking part in national learn to play day!

Come and take part in one of our Guitar lesson taster sessions completely free!

If you do not have a guitar you do not need to worry, we can provide one for your to use in lesson.

The event will take place between 10am and 2pm on Sunday. Booking is required at this link: https://guitaracademyl2pd.simplybook.it

All customers get a free 50% Off voucher for their next lesson. If you sign up to lessons on the day you also get a free tuner!