Basic Ways to Learn How to Play the Guitar

As rock music became more popular over the past decades, more people have wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Did you not have that dream of becoming a rock star yourself when you were younger? Most teenagers dream of playing rock music all the time, actually.

A lot have wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but they were not successful enough. That is because most of them took the wrong approach and ended up giving up guitar playing altogether.

Just like with other skills that people need to learn and develop, there are different ways that people can learn to play the guitar. The problem that most people have is that they do not have the luxury of time to learn. Other factors also come in that interrupt our desire to learn to play like work schedules, errands and probably not having enough resources to even try.

You may have started learning how to play the guitar but are not satisfied with your skill level. Whether you have started to learn or are about to, this article will discuss the basic ways you can approach guitar playing so you can find the best way to learn.

Let us start with theory books on how to learn to play the guitar. There are actually hundred or thousands of theory books available in the market today. These books can make learning to play more comfortable and are easier on the pocket. But a lot of people did not find success in learning how to play the guitar through books.

If you have a lot of patience, maybe you can learn from theory books.

If you are not a reader and more of a visual person, you can learn to play with the use of video lessons. Some people find it easier to absorb information from watching and listening than reading.

You can find these video lessons on how to play the guitar online, but the only drawback is that you do not get corrected if you are doing something wrong. You could be making mistakes and not even realize it.

This takes us to another way of learning to play the guitar through private lessons. Hiring someone to teach you is actually one of the best ways to learn how to play. Lessons start with your teacher helping you familiarize yourself with the different parts, teaching you all the basics and correcting you so you improve with your guitar playing skills.

Just make sure you find a really effective one and be ready to pay for the lesson on how to play the guitar.

Last, but not the least of the ways you can learn to play is to play by ear. Sounds intimidating? Not really. Sounds like a long process? Yes, it is.

When you learn to play by ear, you will need to devote a lot of time to practicing. Do not feel discouraged because a lot of the best guitar players actually learned to play by ear and are really good at what they do. These musicians rely a lot on their auditory abilities.

As you can see, there are many ways to learn to play the guitar and you can choose which one best suits you and your learning capabilities.

Creating a Vision in Adult Learning Environments

Do adults learn better when they understand why they need to learn the subject matter?

Do they learn better when they see the content as directly relevant to their lives?

Despite the recent breakthroughs in research on how the brain actually learns, no one can answer these questions with 100% certainty. In the middle of the twentieth century, educational theorists began to believe there were differences between the way adults learn and the way children learn. They believed adults had a “need to know” why learning a body of knowledge was important to them. They further believed the more relevant the material was to the personal experience of the learner, the more motivated they are to learn.

An employee who has just been promoted to a managerial position is supposedly more motivated to learn management principles and techniques than a learner who sees a management job as nothing more than a remote and distant possibility.

Brain-based learning research appears to indicate the differences are not as significant as once thought, varying more by degree than substance. As an example, in their 1994 book Understanding a Brain-Based Approach to Teaching and Learning, researchers Renate and Geoffrey Caine claimed that the brain searches for meaning and that search is “hard-wired” or innate.

There is still much debate about the real effectiveness of different educational approaches, and to a working training professional, the challenge of converting theories that sound wonderful into instructional techniques in a real seminar setting can be overwhelming.

Some wisely choose to simply forget about the research. It just sounds logical that anyone would be more eager to learn something he or she will be able to put to use immediately. It also sounds logical that students will be more eager to learn something if they can see the reason for it.

But how do you translate that into something practical? Especially in situations where the learner has no choice in what they are learning. Professional certificate or licensing training is a case in point.

Learners enroll in often expensive programs that someday will lead to a Professional certificate of some kind. Depending on the situation, the process could take years and the content of the licensing or certificate education is not up to the student.

As the instructor, you are the one who knows what professional life might be like at the end of the program. Create that vision and share it with the participants on the first day.

Vision is a powerful tool and a key ingredient of leadership. Here is a standard dictionary definition of vision: the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be.

Although you may have read again and again to use student-centered approaches, never forget that when it comes to the content of the workshop, you have more experience than the students do. You are in a position to describe for your students in vivid tones what their lives can be like once they complete their training.

Make the PMP Exam a Happy and Stress-Free Exam

It has been common to us to be really nervous during the PMP Exam. It even turns out to be the most stressful day of our entire lives. You might feel wanting to stop but you must not! You have given a whole lot of your time for that and it would be a waste of everything if you give up now. Think positive and move on, be confident that with all the sacrifices you did, you will pass. Trust in yourself and you will do great. You have the right to pass. But, if you really want to delay for awhile your exam, you could tell the Prometric testing 2 days before the exam or 35 days if paper-based exam.

During the examination day, you should bring important things with you. And your Identification is one of it. It should have your signature and photo in it. If you have a driver’s license, you could use it. But if you’re identification card does not have a signature, you could your other cards like ATM and bank cards. However, Prometric centers doesn’t allow Social Security Cards and Library Cards to be your identification card.

Also, never go to take the exam without preparing yourself.

– You should sleep early the night before the exam to gain more strength,
– eat healthy and nutritious foods like fruits and oats, if time allows you could at least have a short exercise, jog for a few rounds, to freshen up your body, mind and spirit,
– wear something comfortable. It’ll help you feel better and confident, and
– review your notes.

And be early half before the exact time for your exam. You could still relax a little bit, feel the fresh air and feel prepared, unlike being on time – you’ll be taking the exam while catching your breath!

As you start the test, they will be giving you a paper, pencil and a calculator. Before the test is given, write down first everything that you have remembered. You could look at your paper during the exam and it won’t that hard for you to answer. You may get too nervous to remember everything that you have studied. It is better to write it down while you are still relaxed as soon as the paper was given to you.

After that long and nervous test, stay calm! Relax! And you should feel great for you have done your best to take and pass the test. You don’t have to worry much because you will be receiving the results of the exam after 10 days. But, if you didn’t pass the test, don’t feel dismayed. Failure is part of our lives. Besides, it’s never been the end of the world. You can retake the exam again. And if ever you didn’t pass, all you need to pay is for the re-examination fees. So cheer up!

So, be ready for the exam. I’m sure you’ll do great; especially, you have done your best part for it. You deserve to pass. Be prepared and take the PMP exam with full confidence. Good luck!

Copyright (c) 2010 John Reiling