The En Fuego School of Guitar is different than any other guitar lessons you have experienced. We live in a time of amazing advancements in technology, psychology, neuroscience, and kinesthetics. What do these things have to do with playing the guitar you ask? Everything.
I have come to the understanding, through years of hard practice and trial and error, that the mastery of anything requires an all-encompassing, comprehensive and holistic approach to achieve the highest results. Guitar is more than simply wood and strings. If understood correctly, it is the “instrument” through which one may advance themselves in every aspect of life. This is guitar as a tool of self-improvement. If you are truly interested in advancing your playing to the next level, come and experience “The En Fuego School of Guitar” for yourself. Best wishes on your musical journey, and we hope to hear from you soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to buy a guitar?
Yes. I recommend to start with a decent acoustic around the $150-$200 range. Ibanez, Fender, Yamaha, and Gibson are all reputable brands. Walmart and Costco DO NOT have quality guitars! The key things to consider is the size of the guitar relative to your body (is it comfortable to sit with), the “action” (how high do the strings sit above the neck) – lower action is better at first, and the string gauge (thickness of the strings) – start with light gauge strings until finger strength develops. If you mention that you would like light gauge strings as a condition for the purchase of the instrument, most music stores will be happy to oblige you. If you sign up for lessons, I am more than happy to assist in the selection of a guitar free of charge 😀.
How long will it take me to get good?
Well… that all depends. What do you consider “good” to be? This is a great question because it highlights the very thing that prevents people from “getting good”. Everyone is different. Guitar is a great instrument (pardon the pun) for discovering the different aspects of ourselves that tend to limit our potential for learning. These lessons focus on removing those mental blocks so one becomes empowered to teach themselves; what we strive to “Get Good” at, is learning itself. This is why people who study music find it empowering in every other aspect of life: the art of practice is the mastery of learning
How much do I need to practice?
The key to good, measured improvement is consistency. Ideally, if you are a beginner, you will want to shoot for 30 min a day… EVERY day. You don’t have to do this all at once, three 10 min sessions are a good start, followed by two 15 min sessions as your callouses develop, eventually building up to 30 min at a time. As you improve, and your callouses develop, you will want to progress to 45 min, then an hour. If you’re really into it, and want to see what you’re really capable of, you can “deep dive” and start playing multiple hours per day. If you work up to multiple hours a day you will watch your ability explode; progress becomes exponential at this level.
There are some obstacles to overcome when you first begin: your fingertips will get sore! Until you have developed descent callouses, your fingertips will be very sensitive and will become sore. This is perfectly normal. Try to push until they are too tender to push the strings down, then let your fingertips rest for a couple of days. Your fingers will develop callouses very quickly working this way. Continue with this process until you can reach the full 30 minute of playing every day. If you do this consistently, your finger tips will no longer get sore after about two to three weeks of playing.
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