How to Find A Guitar Teacher for Beginners
As a beginner guitarist, having a guitar teacher is very important to ensure that you progress easily in the most enjoyable way possible. Especially past the initial stages of guitar playing where there are some challenges. Often people who are self-taught in the beginner will have lots of problems such as bad technique or gaps missing in their knowledge. This leaves them feeling very limited as a guitarist, and lose confidence to know where to go next. To ensure you become the guitarist that you want to be, find a great guitar teacher that can help you effectively to get you the guitar playing results you are looking for.
This leads us to the first point of what to look for when looking for a guitar teacher to provide you with guitar lessons as a beginner guitarist:
What is it that you are looking for?
What would you like to be able to play on the guitar? Is there a particular style of music that you want to play? Are there any dream guitarists that you aspire to become like?
All these questions are things to consider so that you can find a guitar teacher that can help you play the genre of music that you like and enjoy. For beginners, there are a lot of information that will overlap between genre. However, if you are wanting something very specific like classical, it’s best to go to a specialist.
How much do guitar lessons cost from this guitar teacher?
When you are looking for lessons, you may be surprised by the range of prices offered by different guitar teachers. This is because some guitar teachers will be better than others. As there are no specific qualification requirements to become a guitar teacher, you will find that a lot of them may be very mediocre, especially if they are not charging you a lot. This also means that you won’t be able to advance as quickly. Which actually means it’s costing you more in the long run. For example, a less expensive guitar teacher may take 5 years to get the same result as someone who is experienced and can get you the same thing in a year. It may seem like a crazy comparison, but we have had students who have had lessons for years and are at a similar level to our students who have been attending lessons for less than a year. So make sure you focus your decision making on the guitar teacher and not just the price of the lesson.
Can you see yourself being trained by this guitar teacher
Finding a guitar teacher for a beginner, you need to find a guitar teacher that you like and trust. This is because as a beginner guitar player, you rely on the information they are giving you completely. If you are doubtful about the results they can provide you, meaning you are doing your own research and second-guessing. This can really slow down your guitar playing progress. This is why it is so vital for you to look for a guitar teacher that you respect, and like, and believe that if you do want they say, you will be able to achieve the results you are looking for.
It is also important to keep an open mind and be coachable yourself. As a beginner, it’s important that you trust that they are the master of their art and keep your mind open. Make sure you are ready to receive and learn the information they give you.
Will this teacher teach you what to do with your guitar practice during the week?
As you start to learn the guitar, you will realise that you spend more time on your own playing the guitar than under your teacher’s supervision. Therefore, it is important that you spend that time practising and doing it effectively. A lot of teachers fall down on this and don’t teach their students what they should be practising or how to practise properly. When you find a great teacher who does do this for you, you will see your playing just take off like you’ve stuck a rocket engine to your car!
Can this guitar teacher show you what they’ve helped other students achieve?
When looking for a guitar teacher that is going to be able to get you results, the easiest way to be certain is to see the results from other guitar students they have taught. As a beginner guitar player, find out if they can show you what results other beginners have gotten through their guitar lessons.
Have more focus on the results they get for others than on the guitar teacher’s playing. A great guitar player does not always translate into them being a great teacher. You want a guitar teacher who specialises in teaching guitar and getting people results. Go for someone who can teach you the style of guitar you want to play. Secondly, being a beginner guitar player, it’s actually really difficult to spot the good guitarist compared to great guitarists. Someone may appear to be a good guitarist, but they may only be accomplished at a few areas of guitar playing. When looking for a guitar teacher, this is why having them either refer you to previous students they have taught from a beginner stage or videos or testimonials of students who are around the beginner level is the best way to judge whether they are able to get the results that you are looking for.
What is their experience as a guitar teacher teaching beginners?
Firstly, find out how long they have been teaching guitar for as a profession. As a guide, we suggest you go for a teacher that has been teaching for at least 3 years. Another factor is how much experience they have teaching beginners and helping them get out of the initial stages. You want a guitar teacher who has taught hundreds of students and taught a wide variety of guitar players so that they are accomplished to solving a variety of problems. When everyone attempts a new technique, there will be common problems that come up. The more experience the guitar teacher has in solving those, the more likely they are to be able to overcome these challenges for you as quickly as possible.
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