Finding A Good Guitar Teacher

Some do's and dont's about finding a good guitar teacher for you.

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Sometime, a best advice I can give to people on the Internet, is to "find a teacher". But calling the first one and making an appointment is not the best idea. I've got some ideas for you on how to choose a teacher. Have a nice read. Before you even call a teacher: 01. Think About Your Goal. Know what you want from your playing. Do you want to play some songs to sing-along with your acoustic? Or maybe you want to shred? Whatever is your goal, you have to know it. When people call me and want to attend my lessons, mostly of all they say that they want to "learn how to play guitar". Man, this is one of the worst things you can say to the future teacher. Be a little precise, but not too much. "I want to play acoustic songs, most in the style of the Scorpions.", sounds good. 02. Get A Guitar! If you are reading this article on UG, you probably own a guitar, but if not, be sure that you will have one in your home. There is no point in attending lessons, for example one weekly and not practicing at home. 03. Find A Place To Practice. You have to have a quiet and nice place where you can play your guitar. If you have your own room, there's no problem. If you don't, find time that your roommates will be comfortable with your playing, or time when they will be simply out. Now if you know what you want, have something to play on and where to play, you can start looking for a teacher. Here are some things to think trough. 04. Know The Teacher's Musical Career. Lot of people want to teach, but not as many teachers deserve the money for the lessons. Experience is very valuable, have it in mind. You don't want to pay a person who is just learning to learn, right? Don't be afraid to ask about his/her past music projects or music related jobs. 05. Choose A Place For Lessons. The place to take lessons is very important. The most popular places are: teacher's home, music school or yours home. The last option is almost always the most expensive way, but can be very comfortable. If you choose to go to the teacher's home, have it in mind that it can't be too far away from your place. The same goes for the music school. 06. Figure Out The Teacher's Attitude. Does the teacher get angry when you will make mistake? You will make a lot of mistakes - you're just starting! Find a person who will understand that. If his name starts with and/or he salutes you whey you say hello to him, think it trough. 07. Find Other Students Of Your Future Teacher. Ask your teacher for his students, and contact them. Talk with them about how the teacher really is when you meet face-to-face. 08. Ask Your Teacher To Play Something For You. There's no better guide than your ears. Pick a song, genre or an artist, what ever. If his style impresses you - that's a half of the success. 09. Talk About The Price Of A Lesson. So, it came to cash. The teacher is great, you get along with him/her good and you have to set the charge. No matter if you pay in dollars or euros, the lessons should be really affordable. If the teacher is really good, and the fee is too high, start with four lessons per month and after you pass the beginner-level of playing, start lowering the amount of lessons - three, or two per month will do the job. It's all to you. You can always bargain... That's all. I hope that you will find a good teacher that will help you be a better musician. If you liked the article - head onto my Facebook profile and like my profile! Daniel Kaczmarczyk,

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    I was writing it without auto-correct, and probably it's the last time I was doing it without it ... sorry for that!