The Best Guitar Lesson Length
The best guitar lesson length…30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes?
Whether you are taking guitar lessons for the first time or have decided to brush up on your skills, it’s important that you get the most out of your lessons, and knowing how much time each lesson should be is important. There is a strong belief that more time equals more value. However, guitar lesson time does not continue to grow in value as more minutes are added.
The best amount of lesson time varies between people. Those who are young, new to guitar, have limited practice time, or who have limited attention span are most likely to benefit from shorter lessons. Those who are more mature, who have been playing for some time, or are investing in practicing many hours each week, will benefit from more lesson time.
Never Stop Learning
Lessons may only be 30 minutes long, but it doesn’t end when the lesson is done, and you walk out the door. You must invest time in practice. And you might need to practice for hours in order to receive the full benefit of your lesson time.
Practice Makes Perfect
If you take a 30 minute lesson, then you will have between 1 to 3 hours of practice material, on average. Even then you are likely to return the following week without having practiced adequately. Most teachers generally agree that the most important variable in your progress will be the amount of time you spend practicing on your own. Lesson time is critical but not for the reasons you may think. It’s important because lesson time is when you get evaluated, receive feedback, and find out what it is that you need to do during your practice time.
A general rule of thumb is this:
You can benefit from the same weekly lesson time that you are willing to put in as your daily practice time. So, if you can practice 30 minutes a day, a weekly 30 minute lesson is perfect for you. If you think you can practice 60 minutes a day, then a 60 minute lesson each week would work. Think about your schedule and other commitments you have going on in your life. That will help determine what truly is the best length of time for you.
David Joel Guitar Lessons
Most students do not have the means or desire to pay for a good guitar teacher at a fair hourly rate for one hour each week. For this reason, lessons are made more affordable and cost-effective by being offered in 30 minute sessions. At the David Joel Guitar Studio, we offer 30 minute sessions to our students where you learn important elements of guitar playing, what you will need to practice, all depending on your level of learning. There is no wrong or right answer to how long your lesson should be. The right answer depends on you.