The Process of Guitar Lessons
What to expect when taking guitar lessons
When it comes to guitar lessons many guitar studios and instructors have specific ways in which they teach. Everyone’s style is different and unique, but it doesn’t necessarily mean their technique will work for your learning style. It’s very important that if you are going to take guitar lessons, you find the right one. Let us help to break down how an instructor should plan your lesson and what you need to look for when searching for the right person to teach you.
Some instructors will teach in a group setting while others will teach one-on-one. Neither of these methods is wrong, however, one may or may not be right for you. If you are taking group lessons with others who are at the same level as you then this may work. Often these lessons are less expensive, and you all learn at the same pace and with the same genre of music.
One-on-one lessons can sometimes cost more but you have the added benefit of receiving undivided attention from your instructor. This allows the instructor to critique you and your progress as well as having the ability to learn the kind of music you want to learn. If you do your homework and search both methods of teaching, you may be surprised to learn that one-on-one lessons aren’t as expensive as you may think.
When your instructor plans your lessons, if you are in a one-on-one setting, he or she is planning the lesson with you in mind. They consider the rate in which you learn, what genre of music you are interested in and where your strengths and weaknesses lie. This allows them to construct a lesson that is designed just for you, thus allowing you to learn at the rate that is comfortable to you.
Who is teaching you
It is important, as the student, that you find the right guitar instructor that suits you and your goals. So, who is teaching you? When searching for a guitar teacher, learn about them and the studio where they teach. Do they offer online lessons as well as in person ones? Where did they study music? How many years have they been teaching? Can they teach all or most genres of music? Which age levels do they teach?
These questions are important in getting to know who your guitar teacher is and how qualified they are to teach you. Many talented musicians cannot teach so if their credentials are mostly about where they have played and with whom, but they lack the teaching background, you may want to ask for a free lesson before you commit to them fully.
When you decide to learn the guitar, make sure you are learning from not only a qualified instructor (Google them for credentials) but also someone you are comfortable learning from. Many great guitar teachers will offer a trial lesson so you can decide if you are the right fit for each other.