Guitar Teaching Article
Becoming A Guitar Teacher
This article has been specially created for musician's
who are interested in learning how to teach guitar lessons.
Teaching guitar can be fun and also profitable. It can also
become a full time job that may require many hours of hard
work and research as well as investments, depending on your
overall goal to become a guitar teacher. Topics and ideas
discussed will include what you will need to know as a
beginner-professional guitar instructor and will need to
offer your students to have a successful guitar teaching
Teaching Most Students In General
Most all guitar players will have the same or similiar
questions, on topics such as how to play songs, how to play
guitar chords, and scales, others will want to learn note
for note solo's by their favorite artist or group. Most
students will have questions on guitar repair & maintenance,
how to string and tune a guitar, what guitar equipment to
use for the best sound they are trying to achieve. This may
include questions such as how to form a band, including what
songs to play, how to write and record originals, how to
copyright songs, what to use for stage and studio gear,
and many other important questions that may relate to todays
vast growing music industry.
Unless you are a trained professional musician with many
years of teaching experience, not to mention live stage and
studio performances playing with bands or other entertaiment
related services, chances are that you'll be stumped on these
questions time and time again and be stuck searching for
answers to provide to your students and give them the best
possible information to suite their music endeavors, ...
achievments and goals. That's why is most important as a
music teacher to be able to provide all of the right
As a music teacher, that will be your key word, and the most
help you can offer to students in search of answers. Over 75%
of teaching the guitar will be based upon you providing answers
for your students. Wether it be referring them to a free online
resource to easy to learn guitar chords and diagrams, or
directing them to sheet music, books, videos and DVD lessons,
in addition to what you teach them during your private taught
guitar lesson program. It's also a good idea for you as a
teacher to invest into your career, and learn as much as you
can so that you are able to help to the best of your ability.
This may mean buying a few or possibly many instructional
methods of your own, and may even require that you take a few
lessons yourself from a qualified guitar teacher who may teach
or specialize in teaching certain playing styles or theory.
Discovering Your Students Goals
As you will discover, it will be more than obvious
that it's rare to find any 2 students who have the exact
That's why it's a good idea to create and offer a student
questionare, asking them of their goals and acheivments.
This will also help you as a teacher become organized
and prepare for each students needs. Ask questions.
Teaching Guitar Classes vs. Private Lessons
This is a simple conclusion based upon common sense.
Students taught in guitar classes do not receive the
one on one attention that can be provided during a
private lesson. Although you could easily make more
income by teaching 20 students at a time, chances are
that you'll have better results with your students
progress as guitarist as they develop into musician's
from the beginner-advanced stages by offering them a
one on one private taught guitar lesson program.
By offering them such a quality program that offers
one on one undivided attention, chances are that you
as a guitar teacher will have better results with your
Once established, a good guitar instructor that offers
such a program, depending on location, will never have
to "look" for students.
Chances are that you'll end up with more students than
you can attend to or teach yourself. Some good advice
would be to know of or find a secondary guitar instructor
to help get them started, while they are placed on your
waiting list to receive the quality instruction that they
seek in the longrun, from you!
Have A Basic Teaching Outline
It's best no matter what level of students that you teach
to have a basic outline or program that you follow like
the You Can Play Guitar Instructional Series. This will
allow you to stay in tact, and teach accordingly step
by step, regardless of the students current playing
level or ability.
What's Best To Teach Beginner Guitar Students
When teaching beginner level student's, it really pays off
to stop and think back at the first time when you picked up a guitar
as well as your first few guitar lessons.
Make notes of what you enjoyed the most.
What you could do, or what your instructor could have
done to make things different, more enjoyable, exciting,
and fun to learn. It's best to provide beginners with
inspiration, teaching them something simple, easy and
fun to play.
Common tools to teach beginners are basic easy
guitar chords in the open position, like G,C,D A,E
(major and minor chords) as well as how to properly hold
the pick and frethand on the neck, as well as a few basic
And of course, if you're going to teach guitar to
others, then you're going to want to learn all there
is to know about playing all the fundamentals.
You'll need to know proper sturmming and picking
technique, and the most common chords & scales to
share with your students. For this we recommend
the following product by Legacy Learning Systems.
Home School Guitar LessonsBy Instructor Steve Krenz
Of Gibson's Award Winning
Learn & Master Guitar
This is a complete guitar award-winning guitar
course that can teach you guitar from scratch
right in the privacy of your own home, while
laying out a foundation that you can use to
teach others how to play the guitar.
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