Guitar Lessons Advice

This article is written to help anyone who is thinking about taking up guitar lessons decide on if lessons are right for them and, if so, what type of lessons will be the best to go for.

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When learning the guitar, deciding whether to have lessons or not can be difficult. Some people prefer to teach themselves, and many do a very fine job of that. However, I feel it is a good idea to enlist the help of a professional guitar teacher, especially in the early stages, as this will ensure you learn the fundamentals correctly, and don't develop bad habits. Lessons will cost money, of course, but in the long run I believe you'll find that what you learn will justify the cost.

When looking for guitar lessons, you'll first have to decide what type of lessons you want group lessons, or private one to one lessons. Group lessons tend to be less common than single lessons, but they are usually cheaper. They can provide a more informal approach to learning, and interaction between group members can also aid the learning process. Private one to one lessons will be more expensive, but they offer a more focused way of learning where the teacher can devote the entire lessons to you.

Some guitar teachers will happily travel to your home to teach you, whilst other will prefer you go to them. Those who do travel will usually charge a little bit extra to cover the cost, so it might be preferable to find a teacher with his own teaching studio. Another benefit of this is that often a teacher will have things like amplifiers and guitar effects set up in their studio for you to use, and they may have recording facilities to record your progress as well.

When it comes to actually finding a guitar teacher, I suggest you do a little bit of research, rather than just going with the first one you find. Ask about how long they've been playing, and how long they've been teaching. Ask what sort of styles they play, and also find out if they've got any relevant qualifications. None of these things guarantee they'll be a good teacher, but it should give a fairly good indication. Most importantly though, you should find a teacher who inspires you, and you feel comfortable learning from.

As for what you can expect to pay for guitar lessons, well it varies from teacher to teacher. A world renowned guitar player may charge hundreds of dollars per hour, whereas a music student might only charge 20 dollars or so. You tend to get what you pay for, so get the best you can afford, it will be worth it in the long run.

That's it on guitar lessons for the moment. Hopefully that's explained a few things for you, and you'll now feel confident about getting lessons for yourself.

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Chris Lake is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher. He writes for several guitar websites including his own. To check out more of his writing please visit Guitar Lessons.

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    Zeppelin Addict
    everyone needs a teacher, some people are just better off when that teacher is themselves.. you dont develop poor technique if you study good technique and apply it to your practice, a teacher is not needed for this, only the motivation to be a good guitar player. if you want to be good eventually you will be, because you will practice properly and for the necessary amount of time. save your money, have some motivation to practice (since this is really all your teachers will tell you to do outside of your 1 or 2 hours a week anyway) and you will become a good guitar player with a little extra money so you can buy some new strings or something..
    KG6_Steven
    I know far too many guitar players who've taught themselves and learned bad habits. Were they able to play? Sure. One of them, who's been playing for almost 30 years, decided to earn a little money on the side by teaching lessons. When he auditioned for the job, he was turned down, due to his bad habits. Another guy started off teaching himself, but discovered after a couple of months that he'd learned to play some of his chords wrong. All of these could have been prevented with a proper instructor. Teaching yourself may work out fine for someone who plans to play for themselves, their family, or perhaps gig in a band, but undoing bad habits is quite hard. Even if you only take lessons for a year to develop a sound foundation (pardon the pun), it's money well-spent.
    binting
    you both have good ideas which are very good!!! teaching yourself or being taught doesn't matter what is important is the music that is created by the musician that is enjoyed by the listener