How to choose a guitar tutor - advise please

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  1. naetharu

    naetharu Well-Known Member

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    Hi folks,


    I wanted to ask your advice. I’ve been looking for a guitar tutor of late. I’m getting serious about playing and so having someone to guide me and help me avoid getting stuck in ruts would be really useful. Trouble is I’ve not managed to find many in my local area (I live in Essex, between Maldon and Chelmsford).

    I had a trial lesson with a chap last night and I’m not sure if it is worth going on with him or not. He was a very nice fellow. However, he seems to be into folk-rock/classic blues playing which is not really what I am after. I want to learn to play a combination of progressive rock and metal. I’m concerned that while he is no doubt a good guitar player in his own style, he may not be in a position to teach me some of the techniques for playing the style I really want to learn.

    On the other hand, he did pick up a few things I needed to change right away with bad technique, so there is clearly some value to be had there.

    What would you do. Would it be worth sticking with him for a few months and seeing how it goes, or would I be best off looking elsewhere and finding someone that plays in the style that I am really after.
     
  2. Dead Circuits

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    I'd ask outright whether or not he is capable of teaching you what you want to learn. Its your money so you ought to be forthright about what you want to get from it. If he isn't capable he might know of someone who is.

    If you are struggling to find a tutor in your area who can offer what you are after, have you considered looking into Skype lessons?

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  3. AdiHughes

    AdiHughes Sessions, Lessons & Shred

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    You really need to do your research, I'm confident any guitar teacher will be able to vastly improve your playing, but if you are looking for a specialism (only) then it's worth finding someone experienced in that area - whether through performance experience, teaching experience (check out previous students), or educational experience. If you ask your current teacher what is required for you to excel in your chosen area, he should be able to give you a rough idea of how you'll progress and the areas you'll look at.
     
  4. naetharu

    naetharu Well-Known Member

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    Cheers, I think this all sounds really sensible. I think part of my worry with the chap I tried was that he seemed to ask very few questions which is pretty much what I thought the first meeting was about. It felt like we sort of sat around in a small room for an hour, chatted a bit and didn't really get down to any solid work. I came away without anything to practice as such (he gave me a couple of ideas but not actually any exercises or specific aims) and with little clue as to what we'll be doing for session two in a fortnight.

    I also think he didn't know much of the music I am interested in (and it's a pretty broad list going from classic rock like Sabbath to modern prog like The Mars Volta). Seemed a really nice chap but I just don't know if I have confidence in him to really show me how to progress or to understand just what it is that I am after.

    Perhaps Skype could be an answer. I don't suppose anyone here has a good suggestion for a skype guitar teacher that is worth checking out?
     
  5. AdiHughes

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    To be fair, there is very little you can do in a 1st lesson, after-all he is trying to gauge what your all about too, it's not all verbal and you can learn a lot from 10 seconds of playing. He will be in a position to plan your next lesson and should have a good idea of how to manage your progression. If you turn up next time and he has a plan, great. If you turn up and he asks what you want to do, then probably not right for you.
     
  6. mirage2101

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    I'm with my current teacher for about 1.5 year now.
    When we first started he had me play some stuff and then we just started doing a song. After a few songs he got to know me and my playing and what level I was on.
    After a year he said he's happy with my progress and initially was afraid to push me and have me break habits that he thought were wrong.

    Now my teacher isn't 100% in my style. He doesn't like blues for instance. But he is able to play it very well or at least far above my level. On the other hand what makes him better then my previous teacher is that he actually went to university and is a certified teacher. He knows what he's doing and has a plan. Even if its sometimes hard to see for me.


    the moral:
    Don't judge on 1 lesson. But do talk about what happens if you don't match. (For instance, do a 3 month term to start with instead of a year)
    Find someone you like, but also who's style of teaching matches your needs. (I've had a keyboard teacher who managed to bore me to tears within months)
    If you don't feel you're getting better. Say so. there might be something else going on.
    Change teachers now and then. Different people offer different things.
     

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