How To Identify A Bad Guitar Teacher
Having a great guitar teacher helps you become a better guitarist fast… having a bad one on the other hand… this can waste your time and money. Worst of all, it can leave you with bad playing habits that take a long time to get rid of. Here are a few things to look for so that you don’t end up taking lessons from the wrong teacher:
Lack Of Credentials
At first, you might think that a good guitar teacher is one who has a degree in music. However, understand that having a degree in music does not mean knowing how to effectively teach. Fact is, such a degree only means that this teacher learned how to understand music. This does not mean they can actually help you improve your guitar playing through effective teaching. The majority of guitar teachers never got trained to become great teachers and simply teach through trial-and-error. This means that tons of their students are taught through guesswork of what “might” work (or might not). Don’t let yourself be one of them.
Find a guitar teacher who has specifically been trained to teach guitar. These teachers help you get results fast without wasting any time or guessing about what might work.
Teaching Only 1 On 1 Lessons
Tons of guitar teachers only teach private lessons because they don’t know how to teach in groups. Learning guitar in groups is actually one of the MOST effective ways you can learn, and you should always look for a teacher who does this. When you learn guitar in a class setting, you gain skills such as playing in front of others, improvising and playing songs in real-life situations. All of this, plus the material you would learn in one on one lessons.
No Clear Lesson Plan
Guitar teachers who don’t ask you for your goals up front usually operate on a lesson by lesson basis… meaning: every time you come in for a new lesson, they improvise something to teach in the moment. This approach will NOT get you great results. Tom Hess, guitar teaching business coach, agrees. Here are his thoughts: “You should always be learning with a strategic plan that will help you reach your musical goals. The best guitar teachers design this for you as soon as you begin your first lesson together. Without this plan in place, it becomes nearly impossible to make significant progress on guitar. If your guitar teacher doesn’t do this for you already, find a new one as soon as possible.”
Doesn’t Show You How To Practice At Home
You make the most progress in your guitar playing in between lessons, not during the lesson. A great guitar teacher shows you how to practice what you learn at home in order to get the best results. If you learn with a guitar teacher who doesn’t show you this, it is unlikely that you’ll get very far. Make sure that you work together with a guitar teacher who shows you how to practice at home during lessons, plus evaluates your practicing approach to make sure you are doing it correctly. This ensures you won’t waste time practicing the wrong way when he is not there.
If you have found a guitar teacher who does not make the mistakes in this article, congratulations! If not, begin searching for a new one now so you can get the most for your time and money.