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My teaching approach:
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My influences are:
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The average cost for guitar lessons is $40 per hour. Available for all ages and all skill levels of guitar playing, the pricing of individual or group guitar lessons can start as low as $20/hour. Teachers charge based on their location, years of teaching, levels of knowledge and expertise, and travel time (if applicable). Lessons can last from half an hour to a full hour, and are priced accordingly.
How long does it take to learn guitar?
If you just want to learn a few chords to strum along to some songs, then learning to play the guitar really isn't that hard for most people. Many students are able to learn a few chords and get a decent strumming pattern going after a few weeks. If you've had prior experience playing an instrument, you can expect to pick it up after just a few lessons.
Should I take guitar lessons online or in person lessons?
Private in person guitar lessons with a skilled instructor that is focused on you, your interests, and your progress is the most sought after experience and hard to replicate online. Plus, you tend to learn faster in person. On the other hand, online guitar lessons are quickly becoming popular. The selection of teachers is not limited to those in your geographical area and you can communicate via video in real time with your teacher in the comfort of your home. When filling out your request on Lessons.com, we recommend you select both online and local options, then compare your options and see what works best for you.
How old should children be before starting guitar lessons?
A child as young as 4 can begin to learn if they are really motivated and have a patient, creative, and devoted teacher. However, we've found almost all kids under six are too young to benefit from formal guitar lessons, as they require dexterity and levels of concentration children their age can't provide. That being said, lessons do not need to be formal right off the bat, and can just provide a fun introduction. Also, your child may benefit from using a ukulele to start, as it's smaller and easier to learn, but very similar instrument.
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JoseFrancisco Burgos · Miami, FL
JoseFrancisco Burgos is a highly respected classical guitarist and guitar teacher in Miami, Florida, and we had the opportunity to speak with him recently about his guitar lessons (in both Miami and on Skype) and guitar playing experience. We invite you to take a look at the interview by clicking here or to read its transcript below.
Classical Guitar Lessons with Miami Guitar Teacher Francisco Burgos
Lessons.com: So, we’re here, talking to Francisco Burgos about his guitar teaching. He is a guitar teacher here on Lessons.com. Francisco, thank you so much for joining us today.
Francisco Burgos: Thank you for inviting me to have the interview.
Lessons.com: Absolutely. So, maybe we could start by just hearing where you teach guitar. What state and what city are you in?
Take Guitar Lessons with Francisco in Miami or Via Skype Lessons
Francisco Burgos: Yeah … I’m in Miami, Florida. I’m in the southwest of Miami … in the Kendall area. For those who know the area or want to know more in detail. And, basically I teach privately. I have two studios; one is my house, in which I have my studio here, and then I have another apartment that I use also for (teaching guitar) … that is at a different address for people that … it’s easier for them to get there than here. Way down south …
Lessons.com: Understood. Do you also offer Skype guitar lessons?
Francisco Burgos: Skype lessons … also – which I’ve been doing for a few years – online recorded videos. And, I’m just about to finish in August – the end of August, I would say – I’ll finish all the the videos that I had online, which they go through with a subscription. So, I’ve done them again … by the end of August they should all be done online with an HD camera and all that.
Lessons.com: Got it. And, can people find that through your website? How does that work?
Francisco Burgos: On my website … yeah. They go there. I put samples there, so they can get an idea about the quality of the image … sound … and whatever I have to say. But it is related to the nylon string guitar.
Lessons.com: Yes. And, can you tell us the name of your website?
Yes. It’s my last name: Burgosguitar.com So, it’s B – u – r – g – o – s … guitar.com.
Lessons.com: Yes. And, where you are in Miami … what’s the climate like in terms of people’s interest in playing guitar. Do you find a lot of people want to learn to play guitar?
Francisco’s International Community of Guitar Students
Francisco Burgos: Yes. There are quite a number of people … You know, I’ve been teaching for a long time, so I’ve had every level, every age from all over the world actually. You name a country, I’ve had a student that either had lived here in South Florida, or they have gone through Miami, visiting and have contacted me on my website … you know, there’s also a lot of people that come from South America … they saw my website … they’re going to stay here for a week or two, and they want to take some lessons … you know, I do that too.
Yeah … there’s a big … You know, I try to teach every possible style. My background basically is on classical guitar, nylon strings, … that’s what I studied, and that’s what I would like everybody to learn. You know, when I was younger, I studied rock, like everybody else and then switched to classical later on … to nylon string.
Lessons.com: And do you find that nylon string and classical guitar lessons are your main focus as a guitar teacher? Or, do you find that there is a wide range of guitar styles that you offer?
Rock Guitar Lessons to Classical Guitar Lessons with an Emphasis on Classical Guitar Instruction
Francisco Burgos: Oh yes – a wide range of styles. I’ve played every type of guitar. I don’t have an electric guitar now, but I have students who have their own amps, their own guitars that they bring over. Yeah, I like every type of music, but my main focus is on nylon strings … anything … because nylon string guitar has a huge list of styles that you can choose from … from classical, from very early music, from renaissance … even before … baroque music with Bach … classical, romantic, modern twentieth century, twenty-first century music. And then you have Brazilian music, Flamenco music … you know, every type of style can be played with nylon strings.
So, I try to accommodate, when a student calls me and wants to learn to play guitar, they can start with any type of guitar they want to – whatever they have – but, if they ask me what kind of guitar to get to start with, I usually recommend nylon strings – not because that’s what I teach, but because it’s a lot easier on the fingers for anybody to learn on classical guitar. I mean, you could do steel strings also, but you have to get a very soft steel string (guitar), where the action is very soft, otherwise, it’s very hard on the fingers. But, any guitar, I don’t have any problem teaching … any style …
Lessons.com: Understood. That’s great! And, can you tell us a little bit about your overall approach to teaching? You know, in simple terms, what do you tend to focus on in the actual playing?
All Levels: Beginner Guitar Lessons to Professional Guitar Lessons
Francisco Burgos: Well, it depends on the level of everybody. You know, I have people, who already play guitar that have been professional musicians, and they just want to maybe improve their reading skills … some of them have been playing electric guitar, and they want to switch to switch to classical … So, they already know how to play … they just want to learn the technique. So, if it comes to classical, obviously I’m going to try to teach them, the way I will start classical guitar (lessons) is that … you know, I mean the traditional Segovia style of playing. Now … there are many different schools on techniques … how to play … how to create sound … the angle of your hand … the nails and all that. But, basically, we have to go back to Segovia. I always think that that’s a figure we always have to reference.
But today there are many different styles. So, when I teach … let’s say with somebody, who is just beginning to play guitar … from zero. Doesn’t have a guitar, I recommend nylon strings. The first thing I will tell them, obviously, just take them into the basic: The design of the guitar, how the sound is produced, counting the strings – the order of the strings. It’s amazing how people will think that this is the first string (pointing to the low E string) instead of the sixth one. So, I try to make sure that everybody knows, from the very beginning, even the most, that seems, the most insignificant detail about the guitar.
Getting Started with Learning How to Play Guitar
And, we take it from there, playing open strings … try to work with the different finger combinations. Most of the time, I do several exercises and lessons. As a matter of fact, I have my own method book that I use, which the videos that I have online are based on the method. So, I use that … maybe the first few lessons are just open strings … just for the right hand … I do try to teach them right away to put the fingers on the frets to see how they sound and what pressure they have to put on the strings to, you know, create sound.
Learning to Read Music vs Learning How to Play Guitar by Ear
And reading-wise, I would love to everybody to learn how to read music. That’s my ultimate goal, but sometimes it’s not possible; people just want to learn how to play guitar, and I don’t blame them. I do try to teach people just to play guitar. Somebody says to me, “I don’t want to learn to read music, I just want to learn to play the instrument.” Let’s go with that. There’s a lot of tablature available. My method also has some tablature and musical notation. But, I do try to – even if they want to learn how to play by ear and to read tabs, which is very limited, as we all know (the tablature) – I do try to give them some information about the note values, the beats, so they can start realizing exactly that it is not as hard as they thought it would be. And … it doesn’t matter what kind of music they do.
Francisco’s Dedication to Being a Musician and Guitar Teacher
Lessons.com: Sure. And, can you tell us little bit also how you work your guitar lessons? What’s your scheduling and your fees you offer for different combinations of guitar lessons?
Francisco Burgos: Yes. Well, basically, I teach seven days a week. I try not to teach on Sundays, but if a person calls and says, “Listen, the only day I can do a lesson is Sunday … very good! We’ll find a schedule and maybe try to put a couple of students on Sundays. You know, my wife will perhaps … you know, I’m working seven days a week. But, as a musician, that’s what you do, and as a teacher, that’s what you do – especially when you work privately.
And so, I have the students that start at 7:30 in the morning … before they go to work, they like to play the guitar. And I have students who come here at 9 at night … any time during the day I can see them. I dedicate myself to this full-time.
Fees for Guitar Lessons with Francisco Burgos
I have lessons that are thirty minutes long, forty-five minutes long, one hour lessons. Some people maybe want to do longer lessons, because they want to work on a program that they’re working on … they have other issues that they – not only technical – but they want to learn other things, so we can do longer lessons, and the fee is … it depends on what schedule you take. If it’s a thirty minute lesson, you can pay … thirty minutes, if you pay per lesson, it’s $40 … If you purchase a package of four lessons in advance, it will drop down to $35 per lesson. So, you buy a package of four lessons. If you buy a package of four lessons, you can actually book a lesson once a week – the same time. If you pay per lesson, I can not guarantee the same time every week. They have to call me every time they want to have a lesson, and I charge a little more.
The most popular ones, the ones that I recommend, are the forty-five minute lessons. It’s not half-an-hour … it’s not one hour … to start with. A forty-five minute lesson is $50 … If they want to buy a package of four … $45 per guitar lesson for four lessons, and they have the option to book the time. Now, I have people that buy the package, and they say, “I’m going to call you every time I want a lesson … I want a lesson every week, but don’t book me … don’t make any reservation. I just want to get a little discount. I’ll do four lessons … we’ll call you to set up a time.” That’s fine.
Lessons.com: Understood. Alright … cool! Well, we’d love to hear you play guitar a little bit and hear some of your music, but could you first tell us about your equipment and the guitar that you have there and what you like to use?
Francisco Tells Us About His Classical Guitars
Francisco Burgos: Yes, this a typical classical guitar. And really the term classical guitar refers to the shape of the guitar that has been around basically since the mid 1900’s. It’s the most popular shape that you have seen for the guitar – you know. But, it’s nylon strings. Usually steel strings … very seldom you will find a guitar this shape with steel strings … very seldom. And, this is a guitar made by the Spanish luthier, who died, Jose Jacoby, who lived in Argentina actually … he moved from Spain to Argentina, and he built that guitar, and this is a 1999 – it was made in 1999. It’s a concert guitar. It has a nice sound (Editor: Francisco strums a resonant E chord). I’ve had other guitars. I have the Ramirez guitar … a Paulino Bernabe guitar – for those people who know a little bit about the classical guitar builders. But this is the one that I usually do for concerts and presentations and all that. And for teaching, I use another one … another Spanish guitar.
Advice on Buying Your First Guitar
Lessons.com: And do you ever help your guitar students choose their own guitars? You know, if someone comes to you, and they don’t have a guitar yet, will you give them guidance about purchasing their own instrument?
Francisco Burgos: Oh yes! They send me an email, I give them all the information about the lessons: how I do the lesson, the fees, and everything, and, if they don’t have a guitar, I send them also a link with my suggestions about what they should get … with different stores around the area or they can get them online. I usually recommend to buy it right where you live. If you live in Miami, obviously, to buy them here because, if there is a problem, you can just take it back and they will give you another one. The other ones, if you get them online, it’s not a problem, but you have to ship them back.
But I do give them the information about what kind of guitar, price range … because a lot of people ask me “Well, I go to the store, and I see a $5,000 guitar … If you are a beginning student, I think you can go with a hundred … a hundred and fifty dollar guitar … like the Yamaha brand or one of those similar. It would be good to start with, and from then on … Because even if you buy … because I have had students who were wealthy, and they never played guitar, and just invest in a $5,000 guitar … 6,000 … and they call me “I want to learn how to play guitar. I just bought a $7,000 guitar …” And I say the problem with that is … if you bought it already … you have the money to spend, that’s fine. But a $1000 guitar … if you don’t know how to play the instrument, you not notice too much the difference between a $150 guitar … you might notice a little bit on the quality of the make, maybe a little bit better quality of sound, but actually you need to learn how to play and create the sound to notice the possibilities of a few thousand dollar guitar in comparison to a $150 guitar. It happens with electric guitars and steel strings.
Francisco Demonstrates His Significant Musicality on Guitar
Lessons.com: Absolutely. Absolutely. So, we’d love to hear you play something … anything you’d like to play, you know, a piece of whatever you’d like to do for twenty or thirty seconds.
(Editor: Here Francisco plays a beautiful and soulful interpretation of a Brazilian piece, and we recommend that you check it out by visiting the Francisco Burgos guitar teacher page.)
Lessons.com: That was beautiful. Thank you so much for playing that
Francisco Burgos: Twenty-five seconds.
Lessons.com: There you go. Perfect. Absolutely. Well, Francisco, thank you so much again for joining us. It’s been great to hear about your guitar teaching and to hear you play and, obviously, it’s very clear to me that anybody who would call you for guitar lessons would be very lucky to work with you.
Francisco Burgos: Thank you very much also. And, again, thank you for inviting me for the interview.
Lessons.com: Absolutely. We look forward to seeing you on Lessons.com in the future.