Organising Your Materials

Organising your lesson materials and having a practice schedule to help stay accountable and consistent is super important to your progress and fulfilment as a guitarist.

To help you get started and ready for your lessons with me, set up a learning folder as shown below.

Your Guitar Folder

You’re going to need a guitar folder to keep all of your notes in. This folder will then need to be divided into all of the sections listed in the Guitarist Blueprint section of the website plus a couple more. So in total, you’ll need a folder separated into 14 sections. You can do this any way you see fit. Some people use an arch folder with polly-pockets. Others are able to find a folder with built-in sections. Both work really well.

Labelling You Guitar Folder

Once you’ve got your folder ready with separate sections you then need to label them as so:

  1. Practice Schedule
  2. Spark List
  3. Yearly Tracker
  4. Lesson Notes
  5. Songs
  6. Techniques
  7. Fretboard Knowledge
  8. Practice Strategies
  9. Mindset
  10. Music Theory
  11. Improvising
  12. Ear Training
  13. Song Writing
  14. Practicals

Understanding The Sections

The Practice Schedule is where you’ll keep all of your practice schedules. The current practice schedule is always at the front.

The Spark List is where you’ll keep a record of all the songs, solos, riffs and anything else music-related that inspires you.

The Yearly Tracker is a Birdseye view of your practice sessions over the course of a year.

Lesson Notes is where you’ll keep a one-page note of everything you’ve learnt in a specific lesson.

The Songs section is where you’ll keep song materials such as chord progressions and tabs.

Techniques are where you’ll keep all of your notes relating to guitar techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs and string bending etc.

The Fretboard Knowledge section needs to be sub-sectioned but we don’t need to do this right away. This is where you’ll keep all of your notes relating to the fretboard such as chords, scales, arpeggios, intervals, and note names.

Practice Strategies are where you keep any materials relating to better ways of learning and practising. These will come up from time to time in your lessons when relevant.

The Mindset section is where you’ll keep notes that relate to developing a better mindset for learning guitar. These also pop up from time to time in your lessons.

Music Theory is where you’ll keep all of your notes on music theory.

The Improvising section is where you’ll keep materials relating to improvising.

The Ear Training section is where you’ll keep all of your notes that relate to developing a better ear.

The Song Writing section is where you’ll keep all of your notes that relate to writing your own songs.

The Practicals section of your folder is where you’ll keep notes on things like Buying Your First Guitar, How to Change Guitar Strings, or How to Organise Your Materials.