My teaching approach: From Guitar Lessons Made Simple, you get a combination of playing your own favorite music AND foundational techniques like chords, notes, theory and all that good stuff. Why be stuck in a rut, let's embrace the best of both worlds.
Mondays and Tuesdays are best for me at the studio I teach out in Gresham.
Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: I go through the basic chords, and ask if they've had any other musical background with note-reading or anything like that which can help. If they're already past that stage we dig right in to more advanced material.
A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: We typically warm up with jamming or playing songs you're familiar with.
Then we get into the troublespots. I encourage people break down the song or technique and zero in on those tough sections. This you get the MOST for your TIME. It's hard, but you can progress faster this way.
The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: Someone who practices regularly, is goal-oriented, shows up to every lesson on time, and pays on time.
Meeting new interesting people. When I see them progress it's exciting to see. When you've been practicing consistently, the growth seems very slow, sometimes difficult, but I see the progress from week to week, and definitely notice when it happens.
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If they haven't bought a guitar I help them through the process giving them suggestions and resources through phone, text, or email. Once we meet, we talk about our backgrounds and music they like, and what they'd like to learn. Then I show them a few of the main beginner chords like E, A, D, Em, and Am.
I try to get them playing songs as soon as possible, which is usually the first few weeks.
I majored in Music at Portland Bible College, and have played guitar and piano for over 20 years. I've taught guitar for the last 5 years, and have experience in working with different types of people, from creative types to more logical types who need a more systematic approach.
$90/month, four half-hour lessons.
There were people who wanted me to teach them, and my landlord at the time had a studio, so it just worked out.
Most of my students tend to be teenagers. Adults are definitely welcome. It's never too late to learn!
I get excited when I see students progress when I know they've been working hard at it. And when someone sings or plays a song they really love, it makes it worth all the time and work put into it.
Make sure the instructor is aware that the student is learning something new and be willing to back it up, repeat and take it slow, not condescending. If the instructor is just jamming and making you watch and not understanding the material, you've wasted your time and money.
What style do I want to learn? Keep a few of your favorite songs in mind, because that helps shape the direction of the lessons.
Are you willing to have the patience to work with a beginner such as myself? Lots of guitarists play great, but not all teach well. These are different skills entirely.