There are a staggering variety of kinds of guitar lessons in Montgomery County MD: classical guitar, pop guitar, jazz guitar, rock, blues, bluegrass, flamenco, reggae, mariachi, soul, and dozens more ways. How do you choose?
If you decide to go with rock, jazz, or pop, you’ll be getting a lot of coaching in scales and chords with the eventual goal of being able to improvise your own guitar solos and even compose your own songs.
On the other hand, classical guitar won’t teach you those skills — but you will learn to read music and play it at the same time, even if it’s not one you’re used to, and you’ll learn all the skills you need to play beautiful music without any accompaniment whatsoever. Classical guitar also happens to be the style of guitar used by some of the most popular groups in the world — including The Beatles. Also, classical guitar is advanced enough that by the time you are accomplished in classical guitar, switching to another style should be easy.
The various Latin guitar schools — flamenco, mariachi, and so forth — teach unique hand movements like the ‘rasgueado’, a circular strumming motion, and the ‘tremolo’, a technique for playing the same note in rapid succession to create a sustained sound. ‘Golpe’, a method of creating percussion by tapping on the body of the guitar while playing, is another interesting motion unique to Latin guitar.
Blues, soul, and bluegrass guitar focus around a 12-bar sequence that all blues players master early. Get that one technique down, and you’ll be able to bust out a jam session with moderate ability no matter who you’re playing with. If what you want is to start improvising early and often, blues is the way to go.
When you do start guitar lessons in MD, whatever style of you choose, you should find two or three songs that you love most and practice them until you can play them like a master. Grounding your musical skills in songs that you really appreciate will inspire you to master the technical skills that will allow you to tackle other songs with proficiency.