My teaching approach: Getting the student playing the instrument as quickly as possible.
My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio
Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Music Theory
Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: Finding out what you want to learn, explaining how to hold the instrument, naming the parts of the guitar, and how to tune it.
A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: I would first ask the student what he/she wants to learn. I would then assess his/her playing ability and determine which areas could use improvement.
The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: Has access to a guitar (acoustic or electric) and is committed to practicing what I recommend practicing, even if it seems boring or difficult (which it unfortunately will be at times).
I enjoy sharing the gift of music and helping beginning students overcome the technical aspects of learning some basic things.
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Obviously, there are a lot of variables here that affect my approach to a new student, including the student's experience on the guitar and what they want to learn.
My overall approach is as follows:
1) I expect students to have access to a guitar (acoustic or electric), a tuner, and a metronome that they can use during their practice between lessons.
2) I create chord charts and teach students how to read them.
3) I ask students if there are any simple pop songs they want to learn and work them through it.
A.A. in Music (Jazz Guitar)
Experienced working in pop, jazz, and church ensembles (experience really is the best teacher)
Generally, I charge $25/hour for beginning students.
I asked myself what I wished someone could have shown me when I was first learning to play guitar myself that would have saved me a lot of trouble. I then created charts and diagrams to help solidify my own understanding of concepts and (hopefully) help a beginning student learn. I then put up ads on Craislist.com to offer my services and got a few responses. As I started playing in public more, friends on Facebook began inquiring about lessons for their kids.
I've worked with teenagers who have never picked up a guitar before, as well as adults who look to improve their knowledge on the guitar.
I recently watched the light bulb in a student's head turn on when everything we had worked on in our previous lesson suddenly made sense and he was able to put it all together. It was a gratifying experience for both of us.
1) Is the teacher able to teach you what you want to learn? For example, don't go to a classical guitar teacher if you're looking to learn heavy metal.
2) Does the teacher seem patient?
1) Why do I want to learn to play guitar?
2) What am I most interested in learning about playing guitar?
3) What inspired me to want to learn how to play guitar?
4) How committed am I to practicing?
5) Am I willing to practice things that look hard or boring that my teacher tells me to practice?