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I don’t have time to practice!

12/05/2019 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

This is something many new and old guitarists struggle with. In today’s fast paced life people are often juggling many different activities, which leaves little time for practice. My answer to this problem always remains the same. You need to practice the most that your schedule will allow for. Be honest with yourself and commit …

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Guitar Maintenance Tips

17/07/2017 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

Hi Guitarists,   Today’s short and sweet post deals with some basic things to keep in mind to ensure your guitar stays in great shape for years to come. We love playing our guitars, they have given us hours of enjoyment and self worth. Admittedly, we often forget to put in the necessary care to ensure our instruments …

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Why do I need an instructor?

24/10/2016 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

This is a question that pops into prospective guitarist’s minds.   I would like to give you the definitive answer as to why you do.   We live in a day and age where there is an abundance of freely available information. All you have to do is hit up Google and you can find …

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Why should I alternate my picking?

03/10/2016 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

This is a question I usually get asked by my new students. They don’t understand why they should alternate their picking. This is what I explain to them:   When you’re playing the guitar, you want to be as efficient as possible and don’t want to waste any muscle or hand movements.   So with …

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How long should I practice for?

19/09/2016 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

This is the question that is on every new guitar player’s mind.   For me the answer is not as simple as saying how long you should practice, but how long and how often you should practice.   This is due to the fact that in order to get steady, measurable progress, consistency is key. …

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What equipment do I need to start taking up guitar classes?

05/09/2016 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

In order to start learning how to dominate the guitar, you’ll need a few pieces of equipment:   Guitar   You will need to own your own guitar. This is vital because you need to practice all the material that gets given to you in class.   Guitar Picks   Although some instructors will give …

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My Fingers Hurt! Is This Normal?

22/08/2016 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

This is a question that I get asked on many occasions. Many of my beginner students worry that they are doing something wrong.   I’m here to tell you that finger pain is a normal and necessary part of learning how to play the guitar.   We use our fingers everyday. That’s a fact. However …

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Private Classes or Group Classes ?

08/08/2016 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

Many people have this question on their minds when looking into taking up guitar lessons.   The truth is, there are benefits to both types of classes.   Group Classes:   Group classes can be a fantastic way to learn how to play the guitar. It can be a very rewarding social experience. Players get …

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Do I need to be musical to learn how to play the guitar ?

11/07/2016 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

This is another important one that needs to be discussed. This point is very important to me as many people struggle with this.   The perception out there is that you need to be musical in order to learn how to play or even master the guitar. This results in too many people not ever …

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Am I too young or too old to start playing ??

27/06/2016 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

I get asked these questions quite often. First of all I would like to start off by saying… NO and NO !! Anyone can learn how to play the guitar or do anything for that matter. As long as they are willing to work at it. However let’s break these down and give real world …

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