What to look for when choosing a guitar teacher
Having a guitar teacher will definitely help you progress on the guitar faster. However, picking between a bad/average to awesome teacher will make a HUGE amount of difference to your playing and the results you get. Not all guitar teachers were created equal so let’s find out some ways to help you pick the best guitar teacher.
What is it that you are looking for from your teacher?
What style of music are you wanting to play? Are there any guitarists that you like that you want to play like? These are all important questions to ask when looking for a guitar teacher. You want to find a guitar teacher who will be able to get you to play the way you want to. If you want to play jazz, going for a metal guitar teacher won’t you the result as quickly as if you want to a jazz specialist guitar teacher. And if you enjoy general pop and rock music, going for a teacher who is accomplished at teaching those genres will help you with your progress.
As not all teachers are the same, no matter what level of teaching they are at, they will most likely in stronger than some genres/style than others. So when researching a guitar teacher, ensure you find one that suits the style that you are wanting to play.
How much will guitar lessons cost?
This is a question that many people ask, and of course, it should make up your decision making process, but not in the way that you think. Like anything else, you get what you pay for. A car that cost you more right now, will save you more money in the long run because it needs less maintenance. Guitar lessons are the same! While this time is your playing and progress that will suffer.
Generally speaking, guitar teachers who are better will cost more, because they are good at what they do, and they will get you the same result quicker, faster, and when you see fast progress, you tend to have more fun learning as well. Compared to a teacher, who even though they aren’t charging as much, takes five times as long to the same place. So in reality, even though it seems like it’s costing more, it’s actually saving you time and money.
Do you see yourself being coached by this teacher?
Do you think you will take their advice serious? Do you trust and respect this person? Do you think you will actually want to do what they tell you to do?
They may seem like obvious questions, but often people will still YouTube and google everything their guitar teacher tells them the moment they go home from their lessons. This is definitely wasting your time and would slow your progress right down. That valuable time that you could be using to practise is used to second guess what the guitar teacher is telling you. This is why it is important that you trust your teacher and have the confidence that they will get you the results you are looking for.
Are they going to teach you how to practise properly?
One of the most important aspect of learning any instrument is effective practising. Even going past the beginner stages, it is essential that practise is done properly to ensure good progress is made. When you are spending less time with the teacher than when you are at home, it is important that the teacher makes sure you know what you should bepractising and how to do it. Great practising techniques will speed up your guitar results.
There are a lot of teachers who don’t teach their students to practise properly at home, whereas great teachers will show you how to effectively do your exercises so you get the most of them. This will accelerate your playing like putting a jet engine on your car!
Can you see what they’ve done for other students?
It is very useful for you to see evidence of what they have achieved for other students. They can show you by either referring you to other students they have taught or videos of before and after of their students or testimonials that their students have achieved with their guitar lessons.
A lot of people when they are looking for guitar lessons will try to find teachers who are amazing players. The problem with this is twofolds: 1) being a great musician does not always translate into being a great teacher. This is a very common problem for advanced players that they cannot relate the problems that beginners have. So finding someone who is actually good at teaching rather than playing is essential. 2) As a beginner, it’s difficult to work out who are the good vs the great players. There are many good players who play with bad techniques or theory. It is important that you find someone who actually knows how to teach both guitar and guitar specific theory to help you advance.
Go and meet your potential guitar teacher
Contact your potential guitar teacher and get in touch them so that you can arrange to meet them. It is important that sit with them to see if you get on with them or not. Make sure you are comfortable with them and find them to be trustworthy and respectable. This links into whether you trust that they will be able to coach you to success or
What experience do they have in teaching guitar?
Find out how long your potential teacher has been teaching for. A minimum of three years is a good guide as to whether they are just starting out. Now we understand that every one has to start somewhere, however, it’s probably not best if they start with you as the guinea pig for them to experiment with what works and what doesn’t.
You want someone who has also taught hundreds of students, this makes sure that they’ve taught a variety of people and have plenty of experience in terms of how to solve problems for different students. The more experience they have with that, the better and faster they can solve your problems too.
We hope you have found this guide helpful.
About Author: Darryl Powis
is a musician, London Guitar School Owner and Guitar Teacher and Instructor. If you are looking for a guitar teacher in London for Guitar Lessons then get in contact with us via our website.