How To Find The Right Guitar Lessons For You
- Are you brand new to playing the guitar and not sure where to start?
- Are you a parent looking for the right guitar lessons for your child? (Parents click here)
- Have you tried to teach yourself to play but without much success?
- Have you taken guitar lessons before but stopped because you were not making progress or became overwhelmed?
- Did you make progress when first learning to play but now feel stuck?
- Maybe you think that you need to be born with a gift to learn play the guitar?
All of these things can lead to frustration and it can become so overwhelming that some people quit trying to learn to play the guitar, sometimes forever, if they do not find the answers. I've experienced almost every one of those things myself which led me to be incredibly frustrated so I do understand how you feel.
Like me you really want to learn to play or improve on the guitar or as a parent you want to see your kids do so. But what can you do about it and at the same time avoid the frustration, the pain, the waste of time and money that many aspiring guitar players go through?
"I had tried learning on my own for about 2 years, without a whole lot of success. After the very first lesson and each lesson with Maurice I can see an improvement with my playing because they are tailored to fit my needs and not a generic lesson from a book. "
- Tony B., guitar student
First of all let's put a myth to sleep. You do not need to be born with a special gift to play the guitar. There is a lot of science that has proven this myth to be absolutely false. Anyone can learn the skills required to play the guitar and that includes you! Don't let frustration or lack of progress in the past allow you to fall for this trap!
Before we can move on let's find out why things did not work out very well for me and why it could be the same for you. Why the frustration? Why the confusion? Why the pain? The problem for me was that I had not yet found the best way to learn to play or improve on the guitar. Fortunately this does not have to be the case for you.
What's The Best Way To Learn To Play Guitar?
There are many ways that you can try to learn to play the guitar these days so how do you know what the best one is? Maybe you should teach yourself? There is a tonne of free information on the internet so that could be a possibility. You could buy some books, magazines or DVDs and try to learn that way too. You could also watch videos on YouTube or pay for these services through several of the paying sites available online.
I tried most of those methods and they all failed me. Why? One reason is because they are ALL created or taught with a single method of teaching and if your learning style is not compatible you will struggle and in the end not progress and likely quit because of frustration.
They are also not customized for any particular person but instead geared for anyone and everyone so they are very general and tend to not be very well structured. So if you do progress it will likely be very slowly. This is very frustrating for most aspiring guitar players. Sure, some people will have success with these methods, but those are not the majority. For the rest of us it is not a good fit.
There is one method that I did not mention yet that has the best chance to work for you and that is to learn to play guitar from a teacher face to face. One reason for this is that at least with a real person you may be able to ask some questions and get some input on your playing during your lessons. This should help you progress for a while at least. But even then you have to be careful. Not all teachers are the same and most of them tend to only teach using a single method. Again, that means most people will not likely get far with a teacher, unless you find the right one.
"Before I started taking lessons I could not play at all. Now, after only a few lessons, I have learned a number of chords, 4 songs and interestingly, I have developed a new appreciation for listening to music. I tried taking lessons from the internet, I tried books, nothing was working. I'm sure many of the people who post instructions on-line mean well, but I have discovered that a free guitar lesson is worth every penny."
- Tim M., guitar student
How Do You Find The Right Guitar Teacher?
As I mentioned already I struggled to play and improve on the guitar for many years because I was trying to teach myself or because the teachers I had were not teaching me properly. I was incredibly frustrated with myself and my progress as a guitar player. I did not think I would ever learn. I nearly gave up too. Fortunately I could not let that dream go, it was too strong, so I kept searching.
Then everything changed! Because of sheer persistence, I finally found the right teacher to help me!! Once that happened I immediately started to see real progress and my dream of playing the guitar was becoming a reality right before my eyes!! So finding and working with the right guitar teacher is the key to solving all of those problems and being able to learn to play the guitar, which is what you really want in the end! But how do you find the right teacher with so many options available?
The right teacher for you needs to have the following things in place:
- They must train you based on your learning style instead of teaching you the same way they teach everyone else. Most guitar teachers do not take the time to even try to figure this out. They tend to approach every student the same way when they teach them which leads many to progress slowly if at all and then get frustrated and in the end typically quit learning to play the guitar.
- They must train you according to your musical needs and make a plan specifically for you. A few guitar teachers may ask you about your needs but then quickly tend to do one of two things: 1) ask you what you want to learn from lesson to lesson or 2) teach you the same material they teach everyone else. For the first item it's the teacher's job to know what you should be learning next, that's why they are the teacher!! Imagine going to a school math class and a teacher asking you what you want to learn each day? I am sure it would be interesting for a while but your progress at math would likely not be very good. As for the second item when a guitar teacher gives the same material to everyone at the same time you end up with the problem where one guitar player is progressing much slower than they could be or the opposite, getting too much material too fast before they understand the previous materials. All of this will usually cause frustration in time and tend to lead most guitar players to quit.
- They must train you how to practice properly! I am sure this may be hard to believe but most guitar teachers never take the time to show students how to properly practice the things they teach them. Instead they show them some new material and then they demonstrate it quickly then expect them to be able to remember how to practice it themselves when they get home. Most students will then practice incorrectly and get frustrated because of their lack of progress.
- They must track your progress and make sure you understand what has already been taught before you are given new materials. This is not the case with most guitar teachers. They tend to either wing it from class to class without remembering what was previously taught or they teach whatever is next on the list without making sure that you really have a grip on the previous material. Again, this causes most students to become either frustrated or overwhelmed and typically quit.
- They must have specific training on how to teach the guitar. Surprisingly, most guitar teachers do not have any training whatsoever on how to actually teach. They have a lot of training on how to play the guitar but that does not mean they can teach it effectively. That requires an entirely different skillset and finding a teacher that has this is a huge benefit to you because that means they will be better able to impart the knowledge you need. Do not underestimate this.
Taking guitar lessons from a teacher is an investment of your time and money so you need to make sure you find the right one. I know I wasted a lot of time and money trying to learn to play guitar with the teachers I had. But this does not have to be the case for you.
"Having only worked with a canned learn-to-play-guitar package before, I thought the benefit of lessons would be the immediate and on-going feedback for corrections, etc. It was Maurice's interest in teaching to achieve my own goals, and his focus on the teaching methods that impressed me. I could tell I was going to get not only the feedback and corrections I sought but also the training was going to be both customized and structured to suit my goals. I knew I didn't need to consider trying someone else."
- Niels K., guitar student
What You Will Get
In one word: Results! At Halifax Guitar Lessons you do not simply get stuff to learn, you do not simply get a personal transcriber. You learn how to play the guitar in the way you want to be able to.
Here are some more things you will be getting:
- Lessons that are tailored to you and your learning style so you understand what you are being taught the first time and learn them quickly.
- Training that is specific to your playing needs with songs you like and want to learn so you stay motivated and progress faster.
- Specific strategies on how to practice properly so that you make a lot more progress in less time.
- Your progress will be tracked so that you are constantly challenged but also not overwhelmed so that you continually progress at your own pace.
- Innovative teaching methods and flexible programs that will allow you to learn to play even with a busy life.
- An experienced teacher with years of training on how to teach the guitar that will understand your specific problems and know how to help you overcome them.
- A free introductory session with absolutely no obligation to move forward so you can see for yourself what is possible.
"I feel like I've made great progress for the limited amount of time that I've been playing guitar and I owe that to Maurice being such a wonderful teacher and motivator. If you've ever wanted to play guitar but felt like you were too old to pick it up or felt like you couldn't because you have no musical background then you should go see Maurice. Not only did he make me feel instantly comfortable but we got to the songs and skills that I wanted to work as fast and as efficiently as we could because he tailors things specially to you. "
- Kat B., guitar student
It's time to learn to play the guitar, or to move past your current playing level or to get rid of your frustrations!
You may still be unsure. That's not a problem. You will not be required to take the free session if you are not interested. The next page will give you more information about it and if you are still unsure there is absolutely no obligation to do anything more. So go ahead and check it out right now by clicking on the orange button above.
Halifax Guitar Lessons proudly serves the entire Halifax area including Spryfield, Cole Harbour, Dartmouth, Timberlea, Fall River, Sackville, and Bedford. Join me today!
"I have known Maurice for a long time and he is one of the most hard-working and patient teachers that I know - and I know a number! If you are searching for a competent, capable, trustworthy guitar instructor in the Halifax area who will care about YOU and what YOU want to play, then look no further 'cause Maurice is your man."
- Tommaso Zillio, professional guitarist