What is the ultimate goal of those who voluntarily began to seriously learn to play the guitar themselves? Of course – performing in front of the audience, even if at the beginning of the training they do not realize it. One of the most effective ways for any self-taught beginner to dramatically improve their guitar playing skills is to start doing small home gigs. Let the concert be even in a very narrow circle of family or friends. But in the end, a set of sounds only becomes music when it has listeners.
How home gigs affect the quality of guitar education
A guitarist, like any other person, doesn’t forgive himself even the smallest mistakes and shortcomings. However, it is quite another matter – cool “screw up” and put yourself in a bad light in public. This means that he will have to prepare better, work harder in difficult places, listen more attentively to the sound quality.
Thus, it will be very helpful for any self-taught guitarist to start doing small gigs as early as possible.
For comparison, how is the process organized in children’s music schools? The children have a teacher and have drawn up a lesson plan with an educational repertoire. At least once every few months, students take an organized part in academic concerts, for which they are specially prepared.
At the same time, everything happens surrounded by the same students. That is, everyone plays at about the same level and makes similar mistakes. Agree, performing in such an atmosphere is much safer than doing everything alone, without seeing any landmarks.
Self-taught adults, of course, do not have such opportunities. Firstly, it is extremely difficult for them to compose a guitar training program themselves and choose a repertoire for performances. Secondly, they are deprived of the environment of like-minded people of approximately the same level, in whose environment it is easier to evaluate success. Thirdly, in children’s music schools this same environment, headed by teachers, also plays the role of listeners. That is, periodically organizing the audience, which is also in the subject, is not a problem. While a self-taught adult guitarist’s fan club is usually limited to a narrow circle of his family. Sometimes even more than narrow.
Still, first, you just need to understand the nature of public speaking. You will see for yourself that a self-taught guitarist can and should adopt this technique.
What makes you make annoying mistakes in front of the audience in seemingly passed places? Or get very confused where there was a barely noticeable blot alone with yourself? The reason for everything is excitement. We will deal with him.
Stage 1 – the guitarist himself becomes his strictest listener
Do not think that I contradict myself. A little higher, I really wrote that without listeners, the guitarist will forgive himself many flaws. It turns out that if he himself becomes a listener, it will still change nothing.
Yes, as a one-off step it probably won’t work. But that is why it is the first stage, that there are the following ones after it. And the solution to the problem, as you know, begins with its awareness.
Without the habit and skill of listening to your own performance, you simply will not notice many of your mistakes. And this problem is a common scourge of all novice guitarists. It especially concerns those who learn to play the guitar without a teacher.
By becoming your first strict listener, you are entering a new level. After all, it’s one thing when you don’t know about your mistakes at all. It is quite another matter when you already see your mistakes, but close your eyes to them.
At this very moment, an important step towards mastery must be taken. Namely, make it a habit to correct all the mistakes you know without indulgence.
Stage 2 – choose a repertoire for the first guitar concert
Two of the most common mistakes are easy to make here. The first is to try to impress the audience with the breadth of the tutor. Novice guitarists, as a rule, try to play everything that they have managed to learn. Together with the plays, literally all exercises, studies, and even scales are presented to the public.
Of course, a narrow circle of close people inexperienced in guitar music will be moved by the number of works. For the first time. Then it will turn into a harmful practice, first of all, self-deception. Because you need to learn to distinguish between technique exercises and pieces, where the guitarist implements musical ideas with the help of a whole set of technical skills.
Another mistake is trying to write cool in front of your audience. In the sense that instead of systematic studies to waste time on a work “too tough.”
However, you can insure against this mistake by diligently working at the previous stage. Become your own main listener. And you will quickly realize how bad things sound for you that you are not ready for yet.
The right decision would be to choose the concert with only three compositions that are suitable for you in terms of technical level. Desirably different in character, tempo, time signature, etc.
The trick is to play them:
- without mistakes and even blots;
- with good quality sound;
- with all dynamic shades and reprises.
- In short, you need to play not a lot and pseudo-cool, but first of all beautifully.
In short, you need to play not a lot and pseudo-cool, but first of all beautifully. That is, not a set of sounds, but live music. At the same time, the variety of genres will increase the sense of the volume of the work you have done and give interest to your performance.
This is the surest path through the ears of the listener to his heart. And you will be yourself with the prospect of learning to play the guitar well. And not a clown in the bad sense of the word with the prospect of them staying.
Stage 3 – find an audience for the first home guitar concert
The question arises where a beginner guitarist can find a listener. The simplest solution is, of course, is a narrow circle of family and friends.
And here we must pay attention to a very important point. The first listeners should only hear the finished version of the piece in a “concert” performance.
Let’s say you are constantly exercising in the presence of your significant other. Firstly, during this time she will get tired of listening to your endless repetitions. Secondly, you will begin to perceive it while playing the guitar as a familiar piece of furniture. As a result, both she and you will not care before this piece sounds in her eyes. More precisely – in the ears. The educational effect for which the home guitar concert was first and foremost arranged will be lost.
That is, your audience should be someone who has not heard your diligent studies. It should be important to you how the first thing you have worked on will sound to the listener. The approach “and so will come down” is not considered in principle.
To take this factor into account when preparing for a concert, you can:
- organize a rehearsal of concert pieces when no one is at home;
- invite friends, not from a narrow circle of family to the concert;
- practice the silent guitar, if possible.