#1
I have been playing guitar for about 7-8 years, but I only took lessons for a few months because my teacher wasn't teaching me anything I wanted to learn. I was thinking about asking my parents for a few months of lessons for Christmas, but I don't want a repeat of last time. I don't know where to look for lessons except for the local music stores. How do I find a good teacher that will teach me what I want to learn?
#2
Do you have any friends that play guitar? Ask them or any other guitarist you know in your neighbourhood if they know any good one.
#4
Quote by Jared Fantastic
I have been playing guitar for about 7-8 years, but I only took lessons for a few months because my teacher wasn't teaching me anything I wanted to learn. I was thinking about asking my parents for a few months of lessons for Christmas, but I don't want a repeat of last time. I don't know where to look for lessons except for the local music stores. How do I find a good teacher that will teach me what I want to learn?


What do you want to learn?
shred is gaudy music
#5
You wanting to learn styles, proper practice methods, or....I dunno? Want to be faster?
#6
Quote by GuitarMunky
What do you want to learn?


I can usually play other people's music pretty well, but I can't make my own music that sounds good. I want to learn whatever will help me write my own music. Basically, what I want to do is be able to pick up a guitar and play something that sounds good and that is original.
#7
Try to talk to some unsigned musicians (GOOD ONES) and find out where they learned. You can also check out Guitar Center (not the teachers there) to find some other guitarists that might help you out.
#8
Quote by Jared Fantastic
I can usually play other people's music pretty well, but I can't make my own music that sounds good. I want to learn whatever will help me write my own music. Basically, what I want to do is be able to pick up a guitar and play something that sounds good and that is original.


learning "others peoples music" will contribute to your ability to create your own. I would consider it to be one of the most important things you can do in that regard. If you can do that pretty well, you can also write your own music if you put in the effort.

You could study theory, to better understand whats going on in music.... that would also potentially help you quite a bit.

regarding your claim that your 1st teacher didn't teach you what you wanted ......

I think you need to understand that a teacher generally doesn't teach you how to "play something that sounds good and that is original"....... thats not a very focused objective...... It was unrealistic of you to expect that in your 1st lessons. You should consider that most teachers have the experience to get you from point A to point B. If you can give them a clear, realistic objective, they can likely get you there.... with your cooperation. If your unsure of what you want, as alot of people are...... your teacher can likely get you through the basics and eventually to a point where you do know what you want.

^ now you may have had a bad teacher.... it happens. I have to say though that when I have a student come to me complaining about how their last teacher didn't show them what they wanted........ I usually find that the student has some issues of their own.
shred is gaudy music
Last edited by GuitarMunky at Nov 17, 2009,
#9
Agreed. Have faith in teachers who know what they are talking about but you need to do your research. When you find a teacher try asking them a few questions like;

1. How long have you been teaching? - Ideally 3-5 years is prefered

2. What styles do you teach? - If they say 'all styles' they're lying. No-one call teach, therefore play' all styles well. The best teachers specialise in teaching a few styles. Find the teacher for the styles you want.

3. Ask them for references that you can speak to about their teaching.

4. Ask them how they learnt how to teach guitar.

There are many other things you could ask but the more you ask, the more you are likely to filter out the teachers who arn't as good and will waste your time leaving the better ones who are interested in helping you to get the results you want.