Learning to play a song in a way that helps you progress
One way you can do this is by asking your tutor to teach you to transcribe the song in a way that will help you improve your playing.
With the song designed specifically for you by your guitar teacher.
You can progress to learning new chords, strumming or picking technique that goes well with the song and starts practicing these new skills.
You can also use this as a learning opportunity to help you train your ear to identify rhythm and melody in the songs as well.
The better your ear becomes, by practising different variations of your songs, the more you will be able to be learn songs faster in the future.
Constantly be challenging yourself
Challenging yourself is another way of progressing in guitar.
Repetition is good when you want something to stick. But giving yourself challenges and getting out of your comfort zone is going to help you get better at the guitar.
Use your understanding to help you progress
Some ways you can challenge yourself is by using what you have learned in music theory to come up with your own melodies and chord progression.
Play those new chords with basic strumming patterns and use other methods like fingerpicking, bending, tapping and others to make it more interesting and challenging.
You can also challenge yourself by learning to play a harder song instead of sticking to simple songs.
Improving your confidence on guitar
A lot of people think progressing means similar improving technique. But guitar is multi-faceted animal.
Improving your performance and confidence on guitar is one form of progress.
How to do this?
One way you can progress confidence is by performing in front of an audience.
This builds up your confidence in contrast to keeping what you have learned to yourself.
Musicians feed off the energy of their fans and that's why they work hard to become better at what they do.
You don't have to start big, you can simply start by performing in front of your tutor, then advancing to friends and family and then later you can try out a bigger audience like a church.
Doing this helps you find which areas you have not perfected and allows you to polish up on those areas.
More opportunities to progress on guitar
If you would like more opportunities to jam and play in front of supportive people, then get in contact with us. We have lots of extra-curricular activities for our students to help them develop into well rounded musicians.
Find out more by contacting us about our London guitar lessons, where lots of beginners and even more advanced performers come to us for more guidance on how to progress on the guitar.