In a previous article, I talked about what makes a guitar teacher a good fit for you. This time I want to tell you what NOT to look for. Not all guitar teachers are created equal, and what you THINK is important in a teacher might not be what you really NEED to get the results you’re looking for from lessons. Read on to find out some of the WRONG reasons to choose a teacher.
1) Don’t look for the CHEAPEST teacher you can find
This is the biggest mistake people make when looking for a guitar teacher. Don’t go with the cheapest person…they are usually also the LEAST experienced. Don’t decide on a teacher based on the price alone; find someone who will give you the best RESULTS. There’s no point in paying half the money for cheap guitar lessons if it takes you 5 times as long to learn. Like everything else in life, you really do get what you pay for…
2) Don’t look for the teacher who’s CLOSEST to your home
This is another big mistake you should avoid. Be careful not to let the desire for convenience force you to settle for a guitar teacher who won’t meet your needs. Just because someone is located close to your home doesn’t mean they can help you reach your goals on the guitar. Again, find someone who can give you the best RESULTS…even if you have to drive a little farther to get there.
3) Don’t base your decision on CREDENTIALS alone
Another big mistake some people make is to look only at the teacher’s credentials. Just because someone has a “music degree” doesn’t mean they can give you the best RESULTS. They may understand music, but that doesn’t mean they can help YOU understand it. Some of the most frustrating music lessons I’ve ever taken were with teachers who had a music degree. A college degree in music is a great thing, but it doesn’t automatically make you a great teacher. Also, just because someone has an impressive resume of bands they’ve performed with, that does NOT mean they are the right teacher for you. Again, a great PLAYER does not automatically equal a great TEACHER. Always choose someone who understands what you want and can give you great RESULTS!
P.S. – If you’re tired of messing with teachers who are a bad fit, there’s a good chance I can help you succeed with the guitar. Hit me up if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level!