On average 1 per week is the norm I have found, but it really does depend what your aims are and how much time you have.
WHAT AGES DO YOU TEACH?
Anywhere from 10 to 80 in short. I have female and male students at varying ages but would say that younger children tend to have less attention spans and so have found giving around 20 – 30 min lessons is ample. As the saying goes you are never too old to learn..what do you think?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO PLAY MY GUITAR?
Again this depends largely how seriously you take the task…. if you stick to the suggested practice routines it is not uncommon for students of average ability to be strumming favourite tracks within 3 months.
I AM VERY NERVOUS AND GET EMBARRASSED TO PLAY CAN YOU HELP?
Of course, most of the time it is a lack of confidence and belief in your playing that causes this. We can both work on this aspect by coaching you through the study material gently and effectively until playing and confidence builds, to then leave this issue behind.
HOW DO I KNOW YOU ARE THE RIGHT TUTOR FOR ME?
This is very important to pay attention to. As an individual I have experienced a mixed bag of tutors some very some good not so…so how to choose?
This is not an exhaustive list but a good place to start:
Is he/ she interested in what YOU have to say and asks relevant questions IE how long have you been playing.
What are your immediate and longer term aims?
You can also ask what experience he she has specifically in tuition.
Also it is a personal thing…you need to be able to get along and connect well for it to work .We meet for our first lesson and if its not for you ,it hasn’t cost you cash and you never have to return.. I think that’s fair.
Being a fantastic player does not guarantee a great tutor…it can definitely help but you don’t need a teacher that spends most of the lesson showing you how good she he is without a structured well thought out learning plan for you.
HOW MUCH DO I SPEND ON A GUITAR?
Spend as much as your pocket can realistically go to say from £150 …the reason for this is simple….you need to be inspired to play and if you go too cheap the build quality may be rubbish and may be tricky to play…you should access a good guitar for this budget or else buy second hand this can be a good option better to buy a used good brand than a new budget range brand. If you need help please ask me.
WHAT TYPE ACOUSTIC OR ELECTRIC?
This can depend on your musical influences…you wouldn’t necessarily go and buy a Gibson les Paul rock guitar to play Spanish Classical…I know an extreme example but you get the idea.
Acoustic guitar is a great guitar for conditioning fingers..It’s usually easier to move over from an acoustic to electric than the other way round, but it depends on what you want to play, electric are more versatile and exciting but acoustics have a sound of their own which makes them attractive to lots of players. Ideally have both.
I DON’T NEED A TUTOR THAT MUCH.. CAN I LEARN ONLINE?
You certainly can ,the internet is a very powerful tool and there lots of great people doing great things for you sometimes free…but there are also a lot more giving you the very opposite too… free…. You have to decide…which can be difficult if you are just starting out and don’t know right from wrong in the first place.
There can be no substitute for getting good tuition being in the same room as your tutor giving guidance and physical help when needed. I believe there is room for both tutor and internet but use them in conjunction, I would never say don’t use the internet, I do so myself on occasion, but at least I can tell good from bad, that’s where you need to be.
DO I NEED TO READ MUSIC?
The short answer is no…you can play using guitar tablature or with guidance by ear… lots of good players can’t read very well or at all. I see reading a worthwhile asset but a separate task to playing guitar. If you can successfully bring together the two that’s great…