Facts About Guitar Lessons
Facts about guitar lessons from Philadelphia’s David Joel Guitar Studio
There is so much information on the internet about guitar lessons and what you should be doing. We wanted to clarify some burning questions you may have about the best way to learn to play the guitar. Not everyone learns at the same pace or in the same way. Decide what is best for you but whatever you do, just get out there and learn!
Here are some facts about guitar lessons:
Should I take lessons?
This is a resounding YES! The only way to learn something is to take instruction, and the guitar is no different. Finding the right teacher is the absolute key to everything when it comes to the guitar. Without proper direction, you aren’t going to learn and may even end up getting bored and give up all together on learning.
How do I find the right teacher?
You can take lessons online or in person. Given the world we are living in, online lessons may be the best option for you right now. However, we always encourage in person learning whenever possible. Working one-on-one with a teacher is the best way you are going to learn. You are given undivided attention and can work on your strengths and weaknesses more efficiently.
What makes a good guitar teacher?
Here is a simple formula. Add one point for each qualification your prospective teacher has:
- 2-3 years minimum teaching experience
- A degree in music
- Published guitar lessons of some kind
- Active performing experience
How much do guitar lessons cost?
There are some people teaching for as little as $30 an hour, but you get what you pay for. On the other end of the spectrum, famous and highly in-demand teachers may charge $200 per half hour, or more. Finding some happy medium in between with a qualified teacher should be a good starting point.
How do I find a teacher?
Do your research. If you are an advanced player looking for an expert teacher, the best teachers don’t often advertise. To find one, ask any local experts you can find at a music store or college music program.
I am an adult with no musical training. Can I still learn guitar?
Of course! Anybody can learn the guitar at any age. You may be surprised by what you can do if you really practice.
What is the right age to learn?
Right now! Anybody can learn and enjoy music at any age from 4-100. There is no right age, just the willingness and desire to learn.
What are some pitfalls beginners should avoid?
Don’t listen to the advice of the unqualified. Be careful what you believe, especially on the internet. Don’t drown yourself in self-consciousness and doubt. Dedicate as much time as you can to playing, especially in the beginning. If you don’t practice, you aren’t going to learn.
With these facts in mind, finding the right teacher and getting started should be a breeze. Just get out there and learn. If you have the passion for the guitar, nothing will stop you.