Guitar Lessons For Adults – Finding the Best Adult Guitar Lessons For Your Needs

Many adults want to learn to play the guitar, and guitar lessons for adults are in great demand. However, many adult learners have trouble finding a guitar teacher, or find that conventional guitar lessons don’t suit their needs. This article looks at the options for adult guitar lessons.

There are two basic routes available – private lessons with a teacher, or teaching yourself. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of these choices for adult learners.

Lessons With a Teacher

1. Private guitar lessons for adults

Children who are learning to play the guitar often have private lessons with a guitar teacher. This isn’t always the obvious solution for adult learners however, for a number of reasons. For one thing, adults typically respond to different teaching methods than children. Some teachers may be less experienced or comfortable with adult students, and in some locations it can be hard to find teachers of the style of music you’re interested in. Even after finding a good teacher, adult students often find it difficult to attend lessons regularly. Budget can be an issue too, especially if you’re going every week.

On the plus side, a teacher will demonstrate the correct technique, and will provide encouragement during tough times. If want private lessons, ensure that the teacher is happy to teach adult students, and request references from previous/existing students. Don’t be afraid to interview several teachers if you can – most will offer a no-obligation consultation to new students.

2. Group guitar lessons

You can also learn guitar as part of a group. Group lessons may be offered by private teachers, or by local colleges, music stores etc. These can be lots of fun, and the cost is usually lower than one-on-one private lessons too.

However, some people don’t want to learn in a group situation, and these lessons often seem to be targeted at young men; if you’re not part of that demographic, you might not feel comfortable. If group lessons appeal to you, make sure that they’re teaching the kind of music you want to play.

Teaching yourself to play guitar

1. Tutor books/DVDs

Many adults choose to teach themselves to play, especially those learning pop and rock styles (as opposed to classical guitar). Traditionally, people have taught themselves using a tutor book. Today these books often include CDs, so you can hear how the music/exercises should sound, and sometimes DVDs too, showing you the correct hand positions, posture etc.

Most guitar instruction books are written for a mature audience, so adults often feel comfortable learning guitar in this way. They’re also much cheaper than private lessons, and you can go at your own pace, with no need for travelling or fitting in with someone else’s schedule.

The downside of learning this way is that it can be difficult to figure out exactly what you should be doing from written instruction and photos alone. Your motivation may also wane, especially if the book teaches music you don’t like much.

2. Online guitar lessons

Today, many people turn to the internet for adult guitar lessons, for good reason. As well as being economical and allowing you to learn at your own pace, quality online guitar lessons usually combine written, video, audio and software content, making them more effective and fun to use than books. They’re flexible too – e.g., you can play a video over and over again. Internet lessons cover many musical styles, and can be downloaded and/or viewed online, so you can access them from anywhere. And online guitar lessons are usually created with the needs of the adult learner in mind.

You do have to select your instruction carefully though. Since anyone can put up a website and call themselves a guitar expert, the quality varies, so ensure that you choose lessons from a competent instructor.

Leadership Books: 5 Great Books for Becoming a Better Leader

The hardest part about learning leadership is wanting to be a better leader, mostly because the first step is to change yourself. Leaders can’t change other people but they can change how other people react to them by changing their own actions. Leaders are also teachable. Below I’ve reviewed five books I consider of the best leadership books.

1. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How To Win Friends explains some of the timeless principles of human relations (which are, of course, the foundation of leadership) relevant to business professionals and nonprofessionals alike, and details them with interesting and entertaining stories. The book stresses sincerity and points out acting earnestly without being earnest may produce short-term results but only long-term harm. By teaching the psychology of human relations, Carnegie helps people make social contacts and friends and further improve their speaking skills. It also includes a section about communicating effectively through writing.

2. How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People by Leslie T. Giblin

People skills (human relations) is vital to effective leadership. Luckily, people skills are based in psychology and can be learned; How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People does exactly this. Giblin teaches you to have confidence with others and power with yourself, to talk to people how they wish to be spoken to, to meet new people and small talk, teaches the effects of an individual’s attitude on how others treat them, and a plethora of other important communication skills usually taken for granted as something we naturally figure out but in truth need careful study. The principles of human nature taught in this book do not change, and the book remains as relevant today as ever.

3. Personality Plus by Florence Littauer

You can’t be a leader without first understanding others, and you can’t understand others without first understanding yourself. Great leaders make effort to learn how others’ minds work in order to provide better leadership by giving them what they individually need. Littauer uses an ancient and true-to-life personality profile system to explain why people naturally want to act the way they do. She explains the positive and negative points of acting in each way and helps the reader understand how to cater to the various personality types in order to provide more effective leadership. Littauer’s book is easy to read, includes entertaining personality examples, and a personality test, and is equally valuable for business and personal relationships.

4. The Ant and the Elephant: Leadership For the Self by Vince Poscente

The Ant and the Elephant is a small parable full of big ideas. In the story, a little ant living on the back of a very large elephant wants to conquer his subconscious and lead himself and his elephant on a long, frustrating journey to reach his goal. In the same way, great leaders must reprogram and conquer their emotional subconscious if they want their logical conscious mind to truly be effective. Throughout the book, the author teaches leadership principles in an easy-to-understand story. It’s a quick read, beneficial for time-pressed leaders, and understandable to children as well as adults.

5. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

The Greatest Salesman In the World is about empowering yourself to be successful. In a way similar to The Ant and the Elephant Mandino uses a parable to teach a different way of thinking–the type of thinking required not only by salesmen but also by anyone who wants to be successful through their own endeavors. The book includes 10 lessons found in 10 ancient scrolls and provides a plan for easy mental reprogramming and empowerment. Like all great principles those found in Mandino’s book are timeless and universal.

Shandi G. Penrod is a writer, entrepreneur, and leadership student. She studies with TEAM Leadership Development and has a business with TEAM MonaVie coaching others in leadership and business development.

Young Adult Book Review – Learn About the Past Culture of Our American Indians

Looking for a great book that will teach your young adult or teen about the Navajo Culture and the history of the American Indians as the rest of us came to settle upon this land? Well, boy have I got a great book idea for you:

“Laughing Boy” by Oliver La Farge; Signet Classic Series for Young Adults. New American Library; New York, NY. First written in 1929, renewed and re-printed in 1958, and was still in print in 1971.

After reading this book, it is no wonder that this work has sold copies for nearly 31 years. In fact, the story is so wonderful, that and the history behind this fictional work so great, that I’d have to recommend it to every teen and young adult there is. Perhaps, every student and junior high school teacher ought to consider using it in their teaching?

This is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel and it has proven itself over the test of time. Imagine the inter-cultural relationships of the Navajo and white man. There are many families that have shared genes amongst us, so drift into the past and wonder what that would have been like. Love conquers all as they say, and perhaps Oliver La Farge said it best in this book.

Before you give this to your kids to read, maybe you should read it too, and then consider the positive message it sends, and thus, how it will help your offspring see the world in a different light, ditching the racism, that really has no place in our modern society. In the meantime they will learn of that period in this historical fiction work. It’s a great read, and although perfect for young adults, it’s not half bad for the rest of us either. Think on that.

Discover The Best Adult Acne Treatment That Is Waiting For You

As a sufferer of adult acne you are desperate for a solution. There are two types of acne in adults: the one that has persisted since the teenage years, and the one that suddenly appears in later life.

Typically the latter form of adult acne affect women over 25, but it is estimated that 7% of 28-40 year-olds suffer. Whichever ‘type’ you have, everyone who suffers from adult acne has one thing in common – we are all searching for the best treatment and a lasting cure.

Acne at any age is difficult to deal with, but adult acne is particularly hard to bear. Women can use concealers and make up to mask the effects, but men rarely have that option.

The damage to your self-confidence can be immense.

There are effective treatments that you can get from the doctor, and excellent home treatments that can really make a difference to your adult acne. Let’s take a brief look at the best adult acne treatments around.

Can you imagine looking in the mirror and seeing a clear-skinned face looking back at you?

Can you imagine having the self-confidence to talk with a stranger and not feel ashamed of your zits and blemishes?

Can you imagine life without the discomfort and soreness that spots and breakouts have made your constant companion?

You can have all these things when you follow an effective adult acne treatment plan that finally rids you of your problem. You just need to find the right treatment for you.

Adult acne is believed to be caused by three factors: persistent bacterial infection of the hair follicles; a reaction to hormones present in your body; and stress. Any one, or a combination of these factors, can lead to the breakouts associated with adult acne.

Your doctor may recommend oral medications such as antibiotics (tetracycline is often prescribed and is quite effective). Adult acne female treatment often includes prescribing a contraceptive pill that contains substances called anti-androgens (Dianette is a popular brand). Before resorting to long-term oral medications, however, it is best to exhaust the possibilities of topical skincare products and creams that are available either over-the-counter or by prescription. Many of these combine benzyl peroxide – an old, but effective topical treatment – with an antibiotic such as erythromycin. These can be effective for many people, but can cause drying and itching in some cases.

Finally, stress is a big factor in adult acne and sufferers can often find some improvement if major stress factors in their lives are faced and dealt with. That is easier said than done, but systems such as the Sedona Method can be effective at allowing you to ‘let go’ of some of your major stress triggers.

In most cases adult acne will clear itself up eventually. But in the meantime it can blight your life. It seems so unfair that all your friends grew out of their zitty phase years ago while you still suffer.

Despite the claims often made in books, there is no easy solution that works for everyone. Your skin is individual to you and its problems are unique. Any one of the adult acne ‘cures’ detailed above could be the answer you are looking for.

Seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist and persist.

The results are well worth the effort: a clear complexion and an enhanced self-confidence. Adult acne is a problem you share with at least one in fourteen people. You are not alone and your best treatment is out there waiting for you.