Here at UGA, I often come across parents who have had their child in guitar lessons at a local music school for several months, but are unsure of how their child is progressing. They contact us to discuss what their child’s ability should be like after attending lessons for this period of time.
Common issues are that the student:
- Doesn’t know the parts of the guitar or string names
- Doesn’t know any scales
- Hasn’t learnt a full song
- Hasn’t played a song along with the music
- Hasn’t really memorised any content such as chord shapes
- Still finds guitar to be very difficult
- Is unsure of what they should be practicing
- Hasn’t had much consistency with their weekly lessons
This is extremely common and if it sounds like you – you have every right to be concerned.
Keep in mind that every person is different and will progress at different rates depending on a huge range of factors such as their age, how effective their tutor can communicate with them, what curriculum they’re following and the frequency, duration and efficiency of their home practice regime.
Generally speaking, this is how parents can expect their child to progress if they follow our recommendations and practice the minimum amount.
Of course, this will vary amongst students, but this is the progression I expect from most students who follow our recommendations, constantly applies themselves and has a healthy home practice regime.
Anyone with questions about their child’s progress (or their own progress) should contact us here.
After Their First Lesson
- Know all parts of the guitar
- Know proper string names
- Knows how to properly pick a single string
- Can either play a full riff, or knows the start and has been shown how to complete the rest at home
After One Month
- Has learnt and memorised at least one scale
- Has learnt and memorised three chords
- Has learnt & memorised at least 5 songs and can play them along with the music.
- Can read guitar tablature, chord diagrams and chord charts
After 3 Months
- Has completed Step A of The Ultimate Guitar Method
- Knows at least 4 chords
- Can play over 15 full songs along with the music
- Knows several picking melodies that use 2 or more strings
- Has started to learn to sight read music notation
- Knows 2-3 scales
- Knows 4-5 exercises
After 6 Months
- Is close to passing Step B of The Ultimate Guitar Method
- Knows at least 7 chords (and can use them well)
- Can play over 30 full songs along with the music
- Knows many picking melodies that use 2 or more strings
- Can play about 10 sight reading pieces using only notation
- Knows 4 scales
- Knows 9 exercises
After 12 Months
- Has completed Step B of The Ultimate Guitar Method
- Knows about 8 chords (and can use them well)
- Can play over 50 full songs along with the music
- Knows several picking melodies that use 3 or more strings
- Can sight read notation for 2 strings
- Knows 6 or more scales
- Knows about 10 exercises
- Has learnt a range of Aural exercises
- Knows about song structure