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In this video I explain the 4 key stages of learning guitar. This video aims to shift the perspective of new guitarists who think you can learn in a linear ‘level 1, level 2, 3 etc’ beyond a beginner level & the pitfalls of doing so.


Even though I personally studied music academically to degree level, I feel that this along with the ‘grading system’ (grade 1, grade 2) is an inefficient & even ineffective way for most people to achieve & MAINTIAN a high level on guitar. More so, IT IS NOT the way that most of my musical heroes (Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Tommy Emanuel, The Darkness, John Mayer among many others) developed their skills

The 4 stages of successful long term guitar players is (in my opinion);
– Easy Songs
– Harder Songs
– Playing With Other Musicians
– Your Musical Outlet

Having filmed this video a few weeks back, I’d now add 1 other crucial ‘stage’; learning to play ‘by ear’, which means developing the ability to copy music that you hear, and even to then improvise over it freely.

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Being a musician from a young age I began singing at the age of five. I have been a live performer for about thirty years and have played in many bands from covers bands to original ensembles. At twenty I began to write a lot of my own songs and still do today and have written about two hundred works.

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