Our guitar lessons at Brampton School of Music combine the stability of traditional guitar lessons with the fun of learning what you really want on the guitar. Not only will you learn songs that you love, guitar chords, and rhythms, you can also choose to learn how to read music and guitar theory. This combined approach to music lessons is designed keep you or your children motivated from the very first guitar lesson!
Our guitar lessons at Brampton School of Music are all private one-on-one. This means that the teacher can focus on your individual learning style. Private lessons also mean that you are able to learn the type of music you enjoy the most.
Want to make sure your children are going to enjoy the lessons before you buy a guitar? No problem. We rent 3/4 size guitars to help them get started. These guitars have nylon strings which makes them easier play and more rewarding for the beginner student. They are a great instrument for new students age 6-11. Brampton School of Music guitar rentals are monthly with no long term commitment.
We teach most styles, from rock, pop, jazz, blues, metal, and country guitar – on electric and acoustic guitars.
Our guitar teachers have received their musical education from such prestigious institutions as York University, Humber College, Mohawk College, and the University of Toronto. Many have toured the US and Canada, and bring years of professional music performance and teaching experience to your lessons.
We recommend that children start guitar lessons at age 6 and up. While every child is different, we have found that children under 6 often find it challenging to push the down on the strings and get a consistent tone. We suggest that younger children (age 6-8) start with a 3/4 size classical guitar with nylon strings. The smaller size is much easier to handle and the nylon strings are more comfortable to push down on.
If your child is under 6 years old we recommend starting with ukulele lessons. The ukulele is very similar to the guitar but it’s much smaller and easier to play. Most young students will be able play a few chords and a song after only a few lessons! Many of our ukulele students switch to guitar lessons as they grow.
Absolutely not! In fact we have taught hundreds of adults how to play the guitar. One of the greatest things about adults is that they already know what they want to learn. This makes it easier for the teacher to customize a lesson plan just for you. Want to learn how to play campfire songs? Great! Are you more interested is shredding some electric blues guitar? Perfect! Our guitar teachers will take the time to get to know you and your personal music lesson goals and put together a plan to get you there.
It can take a few weeks or even months for a young guitar student to learn how to tune their own guitar well. Our guitar teachers usually begin each lesson by tuning it for them. If you want to get a head start here are a couple of ways to tune your guitar online. There are two types of online guitar tuners. One plays the pitch of each string. You adjust your guitar by listening and matching the pitch. The other uses your microphone and determines the pitch for you. As you tighten/loosen your strings the tuner will recognize the changes and guide you to raise or lower the pitch until the guitar is in tune. Here a great online tuner that offers both options: https://tuner-online.com/
Beginner guitar students will work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and music theory. Our guitar teachers balance musicianship and fun by making sure that you get a new technical challenge or theory concept in each lesson, ending with something fun, such as your favourite riff or song. We use a variety of guitar method books, and encourage students to bring their smartphone or CDs to their lesson to learn their favourite tunes.
Brampton School of Music rents acoustic guitars for new students to make sure that they are are going to stick with it before buying a guitar. If you continue in lessons you will need purchase a guitar. Not sure what kind of guitar to buy? Check out this great article: How to Choose a Guitar in 2 Simple Steps from Artist Guitars.
Although this is on of the most popular questions we receive about guitar lessons it’s one of the trickiest to answer. There are many factors to consider. How old is the guitar student? How much do they practice. Do they have the right kind of guitar? You should be able to play a few chords and simple songs in only a few weeks but to become an expert it’s a much longer journey. Instead of thinking about how long it will take you might want to think about how much you will enjoy learning and improving in your guitar lessons.
At your first guitar lesson your teacher may ask you what you favorite type of music is. If you’re brand new and have never played the guitar before our teachers are very patient. They will start at the beginning: You will learn how to hold the guitar, how to sit so you can play comfortably, and how to adjust your hands when playing guitar to get a good tone. Even after your first lesson, you will be able to play something, either a chord or basic melody!
Guitar lessons provide a great opportunity to learn the kind of music you love, and learn how to express yourself with this amazing instrument! It’s portable so you can play it almost anywhere. The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments you can play. There are many popular guitar styles including classical, jazz, rock, blues, pop, and so many more. You can play almost every style of music on the guitar!
Most students start guitar lessons at age 6 and older. While your little one might be a bit small for the guitar they may be perfect for the ukulele. The soprano ukulele is much smaller than the guitar and it only has 4 strings. Many of the patterns are the same as the guitar and can easily be transferred when switching to guitar lessons later. The ukulele is a great instrument to start on! It’s easier to play, and most students will be able to play a few chords and songs in their first lesson. Learn more about our ukulele lessons Brampton.