About the Guitar
The guitar is a musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles. It typically has six strings, but four, seven, eight, ten, and twelve string guitars also exist. Guitars are recognized as one of the primary instruments in blues, country, flamenco, rock music, and many forms of pop. The guitar is also used as a solo classical instrument.
Guitars may be played acoustically, where the tone is produced by vibration of the strings and modulated by the hollow body, or they may rely on an amplifier that can electronically manipulate tone. Such electric guitars were introduced in the 20th century and continue to have a profound influence on popular culture.
Guitars can be constructed to meet the demands of both left and right-handed players. Traditionally the dominant hand is assigned the task of plucking or strumming the strings. For the majority of people this entails using the right hand. This is because musical expression (dynamics, tonal expression and colour etc) is largely determined by the plucking hand, while the fretting hand is assigned the lesser mechanical task of depressing and gripping the strings. This is similar to the convention of the violin family of instruments where the right hand controls the bow.
About Guitar Lessons
It's no wonder then that more people take lessons on the guitar than any other instrument. Maybe you've been thinking about taking lessons too, but you're a little overwhelmed by how much there is to learn. That's why it's important to have a good teacher to break things down and help you understand at your own pace. At Starlight Music we match students with experienced instructors.
Beginning students can learn basics like playing open chords, using strumming patterns, and playing simple songs. Intermediate students can focus on topics like improvisation using pentatonic scales, bar chords, and picking technique. Advanced students may want to examine the music of specific artists, or learn to play a particular style.
Students of all ages and ability levels from total beginner to advanced are welcome to take lessons.
Whatever type of guitar teacher you're looking for, we can help. Students are matched with teachers based on their schedule, ability level, and any other criteria that the student feels is relevant. Click here to get started.