1. GUITAR LESSON BASICS

Why choose guitar lessons over other instruments?

Guitar lessons provide a wonderful opportunity for students to learn the songs they love, learn how to express themselves through this beautiful, portable instrument, and become the life of every party! The guitar is a fascinating instrument that can be played in so many exciting ways. There are many kinds of popular guitar playing styles including classical guitar, the shredding of electric guitar, or the upbeat rhythms of acoustic rock.

Students often come into guitar playing after having discovered how playing guitar can unite all kinds of random groups of people in song, positioning the guitar player as bridge builders and creative leaders in their social groups.

Toronto Arts Academy boy student playing guitar

What age should you start guitar lessons?

Many of our guitar students are 5 or older, and many more are teenagers as well ad adults! There is no right age for everyone to start learning guitar. Perhaps the most important factor to consider is the strength of the hands, although even this can be developed with time.

Since a full size guitar often has a neck of two feet, children often need to start with smaller size guitars, to match their smaller body sizes. The general, recommended guitar sizes for chilren are as follows:

  • 5-8 years of age – 1/2 size
  • 8-12 years of age – 3/4 size
  • 12-adult – 4/4 of full adult size.
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How does a guitar make sound?

Each of the 6 stings on a guitar have to be tuned exactly right to sound it’s best. Shorter and/or thinner strings produce a faster vibration, and higher pitches, while longer and/or thicker produce a slower vibration and lower pitches. So the 6 strings of a guitar are composed of different thicknesses and lengths of strings.

Guitars can be strung with either nylon or steel strings. By pressing down and shortening any of the vibrating strings with your fingers, you raise the pitch of the vibrating string. By doing this with 2 or more strings at a time, you produce  a chord – multiple notes being played at once!

Toronto Arts Academy boy student playing guitar onstage

What are the benefits to learning guitar?

Along with the other benefits of learning music, many guitar players have also been found to have lower blood pressure than those who don’t. Many of the world’s most successful songwriters are guitar players, as guitar is an instrument that you can throw on your back in a case and take just about anywhere.Also, guitar players tend to be more productive songwriters. Perhaps this is because the guitar is so portable it can be played anywhere, so you can pick up the guitar wherever you are and start writing whenever you feel inspired.

Toronto Arts Academy girl student playing guitar

Our Guitar Teachers

Rod

Guitar Teacher

Karla

Guitar Teacher

James

Guitar Teacher

Dani

Guitar Teacher

Adrian

Guitar Teacher
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