Essex & Herts Guitar Lessons
At Livewire Rock Academy we teach electric guitar. Acoustic guitars are great for homework and practice due the similar tuning and chord structures.
Our guitar lessons initially teach students how to read TAB – an easy way to learn those essential chords so students can immediately start playing songs and join in with our jam sessions from their first lesson.
Engaging & Tailored Guitar Lessons
Our bespoke modular teaching system then progresses onto scales, transposition, blues and rock licks and many other styles and popular techniques to give an all-encompassing experience of guitar playing.
By the end of the course you should be a consummate guitar player with a multitude of skills and styles that can be used in a practical setting and will be invaluable for playing solo and in a band.
We recommend that pupils bring their own electric guitars and amps to the guitar Lessons, although we do have a limited number of our own instruments for those just starting out. For more information, watch our Livewire Rock Academy Trailer!
A NOTE ON GUITAR PRACTICE by Sally Keys
Your Guitar-Playing Oasis: The Making of a Practice Space
As they say, practice makes perfect, and guitar practice is no different. The more hours you log strumming those chords during your downtime at home, the better you will be. Before long, your neighbours will be wandering over and asking if there’s a new rock god living next door.
But being good at playing guitar doesn’t happen overnight, and it certainly doesn’t happen if you don’t have a good set-up for practicing. You may think that anywhere is a good place to play, but without the proper space for practicing, you will lose focus, time, and consistency throughout your learning process.
Essentials of the Perfect Practice Space
There are several ideas for a great practice space that will keep you tuned into the task at hand. Space, itself, is first and foremost. Without enough space to set up your rig, which can vary in size depending on if you are playing an acoustic or electric guitar, you will be distracted by constantly needing to move plugs around. Any extra task will set you off from actually practicing, so it is key that your space is always ready to go.
Lighting and a music stand are both essentials for your practice space. There is nothing more bothersome when trying to strum than having to crane your neck to look at your phone or music sheet that’s lying there next to your feet or flying off the arm of the couch. Efficient light in your space will help you see both the strings and the music notes with clarity.
Challenge Yourself with Bits and Bobs
Besides having the basic set-up for a practice space, you should also place some fun challenges in the area that will keep you inspired as you practice. Having a pen and paper nearby is always a traditionally handy way to get you thinking about writing your own songs. Also, it’s wise to have a recording device in the room, in case you finally nail that solo and want to share it with your friends.
Another fun idea to keep in your practice space room is having any additional bits and bobs on hand–such as a new style of pick you don’t usually use, or any other gadget you may have picked up from the music store. Having new accessories to try out will get you excited about practice time and will keep you busy. Plan on keeping spare strings, leads, picks, slides, and capos in the space as well, just in case.
Your guitar practice space should be an area where you can relax and get down to business, one chord at a time. A clear space translates to clear, focused practicing.