By Maurice Richard
It’s been several months since you started taking guitar lessons. You did your homework, you shopped around and found the best deal you could find.
You started taking lessons ready to learn and finally conquer the guitar. Instead you now feel like you are going the wrong direction, that you are not learning anything.
This seems to be harder than you thought. Maybe the problem is you? Maybe you are not meant to play the guitar?
Something is wrong with this picture.
Cheaper Guitar Teachers Are Not The Same
If you are just starting out and you are doing everything your teacher tells you and you practice every day at home, you should be learning and improving. Period.
If this is not the case then the problem is not you. The actual issue is probably the teacher or their method or both. When it comes to guitar lessons, you typically get exactly what you pay for.
The cheaper the teacher the less likely they are to have experience and are guessing at how to teach. Or they are only doing this part-time for extra money.
If you stick it out with such teachers it could take you years to learn to play the guitar if you manage to last that long. How much will that cost you, even at the cheapest rates? A lot!
But the cost is not just in money. You will use up a lot of time to learn things that can be done quicker. You will be frustrated most of the time that can have a toll on your health.
I have many students come to me from other teachers and it is typical to have them tell me they have been taking lessons for 6 months or more and are not able to do much of anything.
How is that even possible?
Most Guitar Teachers Do Not Have Training On How To Teach
Most guitar teachers do not have training on how to teach and if they do it is rarely specific to the guitar. So they are guessing and you are their guinea pig.
Because of this they do not know the best way to get you from a beginner to actually playing. So they do not make a plan for you and shoot from the hip every class.
At best you will learn some cool techniques that you can’t use and hopefully perform them correctly. At worst you could develop many bad habits that will have to be undone later.
Getting rid of bad habits can take just as much time as it took you to learn them and that means it will take you twice the time to get where you need to go in the long run.
Wouldn’t it be better to learn how to play the guitar the right way the first time?
The Fastest Way To Learn Guitar Is From A Trained Teacher
The best and the quickest way to learn to play the guitar is from a guitar teacher that is trained to do it.
I’m not talking about someone who can play really well, or who has toured with bands, or who has recorded albums. Those are all really cool things but they are not relevant to someone who simply needs to learn how to play the guitar.
What you need is a guitar teacher who has learned how to teach the guitar specifically. A teacher who has experience actually teaching people to learn to play the guitar and has the proof to back it up.
Such a guitar teacher will likely be more expensive or may expect a bigger time commitment from you. However, if it only takes you a couple weeks to learn to play actual music and progress instead of several months, then a quick calculation will make it obvious that it is the cheaper option overall.
Finding this person is the most important step you can take in learning to learn to play the guitar.
How You Can Find A Trained Teacher To Help You
The most important thing to do now is to research the teachers in your area.
It is not as difficult as it may seem. The better teachers will have an online presence that makes them easy to find. Look for those that have at the very least a website.
From that list look for the ones that have actually been trained to teach the guitar. There will not be many and in many areas only one or none. Look for the ones that seem to understand your frustrations and that have proof they have actually helped others do what you want.
Next you need to call each person left on your list and interview them to make sure you will get what you need.
It’s a bit of work to go through but this is an investment that will pay off now and for the rest of your life as you learn to play the guitar quickly and in the shortest amount of time possible.
Go find yourself the best teacher available and watch your guitar playing blossom!
About The Author:
Maurice Richard is a professional guitar teacher that operates out of the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has been a member of an elite guitar teaching mentorship program since 2007 and has taught many people how to learn to play the guitar. Checkout his website now to see how he can help you learn how to play the guitar while saving you time and money.