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Being able to play the guitar is one of the most socially-rewarding activities out there. Not only can you take your guitar just about anywhere you go, but with the sound of a guitar you could change the entire atmosphere of an occasion or room with just a little harmonic strumming.
Guitar, particularly for South Africans is a popular instrument choice for both talented musicians and aspiring musos. So if you are in Durban and looking for guitar classes of any kind, you certainly have many options.
In fact, the live music scene in Durban is extremely well supported and many of the professional musicians that you would come across on a Saturday night at places like The Barnyard Theatre, Live the Venue or The Jazzy Rainbow make excellent private tutors for people looking for beginner or intermediate guitar lessons.
Guitar classes are generally quite affordable and regardless of what level you are at, there are actually many options available to anyone who wants to tackle guitar playing lessons. So if learning to play or improving on what you know has been on your bucket list for some time. Keep reading!
Now that you know that there is no shortage of musical talent in the vibey city of Durban, there are many accomplished musicians who could potentially assist you with guitar playing lessons. But before you rush into how and where, there are a few important things to consider.
Private Music Schools
There are a number of learning options available to you. Firstly, if you are school-going age you could find out if your High School offers music as a subject or even as an extra-curricular activity. If not, regardless of your age or ability, there are plenty of reputable, private music schools in Durban. Here are a few, however, be sure to ask around and get recommendations or check out Google for their reviews.
Online Guitar Classes
Today, just about everything is available online, even guitar classes! Of course this, too, comes with its own set of options depending on your needs. For instance, if you are a beginner who simply wants an introduction to set you up for more serious guitar playing lessons, the online space, like a YouTube channel for example, is the perfect place to orientate yourself about the basics. Alternatively, if you already know that you want private guitar classes with your own tutor, but using Skype, Zoom or Google Meet is most convenient for you, then this is also possible. There are many fantastic tutors, even Superprof tutors, in Durban who are willing to give guitar classes via webcam.
And even if you are enrolled with a private face-to-face tutor, remember that using free online guitar playing lessons where possible, is an excellent way to supplement your formal guitar classes and ensure that you are doubling up on your practice.
Besides all this, if you are already doing intermediate guitar lessons, you will appreciate that there is so much more to music than simply playing an instrument. There are the incredible people behind the instruments too.
There are many great guitarists through the decades who are worth studying and being inspired by, and this is where the internet can really enrich your musical education. For instance, if your intermediate guitar lessons are focused on playing the Blues, by finding out more about the lives of some of the legends like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, and by watching footage of them playing, you will add great depth to your learning and ability.
Whether you are serious about learning how to play the guitar, or whether you are already an intermediate player, finding a private tutor to help you with your guitar playing lessons is probably still the most effective way to progress.
Depending on the level of experience and background of the tutor, rates can be very varied, ranging from only R150 to R300 per hour. Use this as a gauge to align your goals and skill level to that of a tutor. If you only need guitar classes for absolute beginners and you are on a budget, you could sign up with a student who is using his or her High School musical knowledge to make extra cash on the side. If you need intermediate guitar lessons with a view to becoming advanced you may want to sign up with a professional musician with years of teaching experience behind them.
One of the great advantages of using a tutor from the Superprof site is that in many cases the first lesson is free. This is a good opportunity for you to clearly discuss your goals for your guitar playing lessons and to find out more about your potential tutors teaching style and preferred genre of guitar. There is no point being taught by an electric guitar playing metal enthusiast if you want to advance in classical guitar.
Also remember that you will be spending much time with your guitar teacher so it’s important that you feel comfortable and at ease, with him or her.
So while they can still be affordable, private guitar classes are really the ultimate luxury. Imagine being able to develop at your own pace and perhaps even have your lessons in your own living room? Not only that, but imagine how fast you could improve if you had someone closely monitoring the unique strengths and weaknesses of your playing?
When it comes to music styles and types of guitar playing, there are several, but here are some of the types of lessons offered by Superprof tutors in Durban.
Finally, if you are serious about becoming a guitar player, take the words of Eddie Van Halen to heart who basically said, “play, play, play and play!”
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