New to Acoustic/Bass Guitar?
Listed by: Matt Little
Have you just started playing guitar (whether that's acoustic, electric or bass), can't afford guitar lessons but need a few tips to get you started?
I taught myself how to play bass and acoustic guitar about 10 years ago, and currently lead the music group at my church. I've led the music at many different events, including weddings (including my own!), conferences and summer schools, write and arrange my own music on the guitar, and have plenty of experience in helping players in a band gel and complement each other while playing (I also play keyboard/piano and drums, which helps this last point).
I'm not an expert guitarist - I'm more of a jack of all trades who's taught himself to play various instruments (currently working on learning accordion) but my strengths are that I understand music theory very well, I understand the process of learning an instrument, and I've succeeded in getting from 'unskilled' to 'very reasonable standard of playing' several times.
In an hour session I'd find out what you already know and can do (I can teach you to re-string and tune a guitar if you've never done this), teach you a small number of basic chords which many popular songs uses (I can teach you the 'quick fix' simplified chords too, which are easier to play) and - together - we'll practise playing a few songs using those chords (with a focus on changing from one chord to another).
In an hour session I'd find out what you already know and can do (I can teach you to re-string and tune a bass guitar if you've never done this), teach you a small number of basic techniqes for playing, including tips for increasing the variety of what you're playing (octaves/fifths, walking bass, how bassists can change the dynamic of a song, and how to match the bass line with what the drummer is playing) and - together, with me playing acoustic guitar - we'll practise playing a few songs, with a focus on making you first more confident and then more creative in what you're playing