In any skill, there are common beginner mistakes. They are well known, but people constantly fall into the same mistakes time and time again. The biggest mistakes are usually the movements that don't come naturally to most people, strange movements that they haven't done before and aren't instinctual. This is dangerous if left unchecked though - developing bad habits early on makes it that much harder to fix them later, and takes much longer than if they were avoided in the beginning. The fastest way to get good at something is to avoid making the common mistakes. If you don't make any beginner mistakes, you're not a beginner anymore, are you?
So by avoiding the same mistakes most people make and waste time on, you'll get better much faster than most people. When making the list, I wrote down every beginner mistake I've ever seen my students make, and narrowed down to the top 10.
We'll count down from 10 to 1 (where #1 is the worst mistake to make). Each mistake will start by explaining the mistake, and then showing you how to avoid making it. Now these are interactive videos - so you're gonna want to make sure you've got your guitar with you while you're watching these videos! You can't learn guitar by just watching videos, you have to actually play to get better!
My name is Kurt, and I teach people to play guitar. Here's a little bit about my journey:
For some reason, by the time I was 5, I already knew I wanted to rock. It might have been that my dad played classic rock on the radio 24/7 for my entire childhood... It might've been that I was from Canada and sucked at hockey so I had to find something else to be good at. Who knows?
In any case, 5 year old me knew that guitar was my calling. The music studio near me told us that guitar is tough for really young kids though, so I waited not-so-patiently and finally had my first lesson the week I turned 10 - and I haven't looked back since.
I took lessons in theory and playing for 8 years, and ended up teaching at that same studio. I left to get my mechanical engineering degree, but I kept teaching on the side to help pay for school. I performed wherever I could, and played in several bands over the years. I still play guitar daily, and still love it over a decade later! Teaching guitar is my full time gig these days.
Over time, I created the method that I teach in my course. So many people start guitar and then quit. I quickly realized that the problem is not that guitar is too hard, it's just that the traditional methods of teaching it really suck. My goal is to get every student who takes my course to love the guitar, and come out confident and ready to play anything - without spending ages on boring scales, songs, and useless information.