Are you currently working with a guitar teacher (or contemplating starting guitar lessons)? Don’t take another guitar lesson until you read this article! Here are the 7 things that your guitar teacher isn’t telling you:
1. “The truth is, I was never trained in any way to effectively teach guitar.” It is true that many guitar teachers previously learned how to play guitar through lessons (or even by going to school to learn), however 99/100 guitar teachers have no actual training when it comes to ‘teaching’ guitar. Most guitar teachers began teaching by using an improvisational, trial by error approach that they still use to this day. Fortunately for you, these people are not the same people who clean your teeth, fix your car or handle your bank account. It astounds me how so many guitar students never think to ask their teachers whether or not they received any kind of training for what they do. This point alone explains why so many students who take lessons from mediocre guitar teachers never become great guitarists.
2. “Want to become an advanced guitar player? Well you can forget about it if you learn from me.” Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because a guitar teacher has a lot of students, he has helped them become highly skilled players. In reality, most teachers don’t know how to teach guitar on an advanced level or get big results for their students. Fact is, you will never be able to become an advanced guitarist as long as you are taking lessons from someone who doesn’t know how to turn his students into great guitar players.
3. “I’m teaching you guitar with a generic approach that I use for everyone. It might work… it might not work. I don’t really know for sure.” Guitar teachers frequently use generic, cookie-cutter approaches to teach their students as a way of hiding their inexperience and lack of teaching knowledge. For them, this is much easier than actually taking the time to get trained and learn how to effectively teach students to reach their goals. In fact, the first question that I get from the guitar teachers I train is almost always “What is one single method I can use teach my students?” Although there are some resources and methods that can be used for beginners only (I have written two such books), once the student has developed beyond the beginner level they must be taught using a customized lesson strategy that helps them achieve their specific goals.
4. “Everything you will learn in your lesson today was thought up within the few moments it took you to sit down and pull out your guitar.” The vast majority of guitar teachers have zero training on how to teach guitar. On top of that, many of them have not even planned out what they are going to teach you from lesson to lesson. When was the last time you took a guitar lesson and felt like your guitar teacher had already prepared a specific plan to help you reach your musical goals? Chances are, you have never felt this way.
5. “I don’t know how to teach anything besides 1 on 1 lessons.” It is not true that 1 on 1 lessons are the most effective format for learning or teaching guitar. Most guitar teachers will try to convince you otherwise and that will be your big clue that they have no idea what they are talking about. Teachers who say this have little or no experience teaching outside of the traditional 1 on 1 approach and are unaware of the MASSIVE benefits that their students can get when learning guitar in other effective formats.
6. “I’m not very comfortable teaching advanced guitar concepts and am afraid you might get ‘too good’ for me to teach you.” There are few guitar teachers who can teach students beyond an intermediate level. In fact, many of them are afraid that you will get ‘too advanced’ and stop taking lessons because they can no longer offer valuable insight. Unfortunately, this means that a lot of teachers purposely hold back their guitar students, thinking that this is the only way to stay in business.
7. “I can show you a bunch of isolated ideas on guitar, but I really have no clue how to help you become creative with them.” Guitar teachers who understand how to teach ‘creative application’ are very rare. This is because the majority of them think that creativity cannot be taught. This means that your teacher will only show you how to play isolated ideas on guitar, but not how to actually use these ideas creatively in order to play music like your favorite guitarists. Fortunately, creativity CAN be taught! It’s just that most guitar teachers have never taken the time to learn how to do it.
Until you learn how to locate the right guitar teacher, your guitar playing will suffer as you waste countless hours with mediocre teachers.
Finally, here are 3 major reasons why you should listen to the ideas I have discussed in this article:
1. I give guitar training to thousands of guitarists in countries around the world each year.
2. My correspondence guitar students get MASSIVE results by working together with me.