Am I ready to commit to music lessons?
Brand New Learner or Experienced. No matter at what stage of musician you are, lessons and further theory learning will be beneficial.
If you don't want to jump into lessons just yet - or need to figure out your weaknesses -
go through all of these and see if you need help, and where you need practice;
1. Buy a Beginner Guitar Book. This will give you a great step by step book to learn
guitar notes, and musical theory from. Go through the pages, and practice the songs.
If you are more experienced; If you have a Guitar Learning Book 1,2, or 3, and it is not finished. See how far you can go. Go through the pages, and practice the songs.
*We all learn differently. Sometimes just a book is not enough. This is why having a music teacher can be very important. They already have the theory knowledge, so they can help you get through a guitar method book.*
2. Find a Chord Chart. For piano, mandolin, and guitar, you can find charts with multiple major and minor chords on it. You can by Chord Books, find them on the internet, and even by a poster filled with chord diagrams. You just need some basic chords like - A, Am, C, D, Dm, E, Em, F, G, G7. Practice the chords. Play all strings at once, and then also broken. After learning some chords, you can find songs online that use those same chords.
If you are more experienced; Make sure you go over barre chords, learning about movable chords, and both diminished and augmented chords.
*Chords can be tricky, awkward and even somewhat painful in the beginning. They can sound weird, and it takes a while of building strength and moving the fingers around until you can get a good sound out of it. A teacher can help keep your confidence up and help you with making sure your hand is being held in the right position.
3. Learn A New Song. Find a simple song that you can play. Try and learn the whole song. Practice daily, or as often as you can.
If you are more experienced; Find a song that you really like, and that is a little bit more challenging. If you have only played songs with just chords. Maybe you should find a song with a melody, that is in Sheet music form, or even Tablature.
4. Practice Improvising. Practice Improvising with different guitar scales over chord progressions. Find a friend to play rhythm, and practice lead over.
5. Time. After going through these. Figure out how much time you can commit to practice. The more time and effort that you can put into learning music, the better you can become.
After considering all of these - maybe you have figured out that you can learn by yourself. You just need more time and motivation; Or that you have a lot to practice, and more to improve on; And lastly, that you need someone to help lead you in the right direction, and be there to keep you motivated. There is nothing wrong with needing someone to help you learn something.
Just book one online lesson, and you can figure out if you would like to commit to more.
(Please let the teacher know at the end of the lesson if you do not want to continue.)