Thursday, October 15, 2009

Guitar lessons - Frequently Asked Questions

How much are lessons?
Individual tuition is £13 for a half hour lesson or £23 for one hour.

For groups of two students pay £15 each for a one hour lesson.
For groups of three students pay £12 each for a one hour lesson.

Do I have to learn read music?
I use guitar TAB and and standard music notation to teach.
I will encourage students to at least learn to read rhythms.
Learning to read music has huge benefits and like most new skills is difficult at first.
Learning to play by ear also has advantages. Your playing is more natural and although slower to learn you will remember it more easily.

Do I need to practise?
Yes. Without regular practice lessons are mostly a waste of time and money. Students should be prepared to practise at least 20 mins a day.

Do I need my own guitar?
It's best to bring your own guitar to lessons. I can check it is in tune and good working order. You are welcome to borrow a guitar for the lesson though or I have some guitars available for rent from just £2 per week.

Do I need to bring an amplifier?
No. I have guitar amps, leads, plectrums, music stands, paper, pens all of which you can use during your lesson.

I just want to learn for fun and strum along to my favourite songs. Is that OK?
Yes. As you learn any new song you're very likely to learn techniques (strumming, picking, timing, chord theory) so although you're just learning a song you'll get some transferable skills too.

I want to learn to play in a band..
No problem. We can focus lessons on learning songs and playing along to backing tracks and how to get the most from a band practice.

I'd like to get some grades..
For electric guitar you can follow the Rock School syllabus which has grades 1-8.
For classical guitar you can use syllabi by Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT)

Do I have to come every week?
Most students have a 30 minute lesson once a week, some every 2 weeks, some whenever they are free or motivated. I can usually be flexible with times if you cannot commit to a regular slot. Regular lessons are usually more productive unless you are very self-motivated.

What if I can't make a lesson?
If you miss or cancel a lesson with less than 24 hours notice then you will be charged for the lesson.
I will make every effort to try and arrange lessons to a convenient time otherwise.

How do I know the lessons will be any good?
If you're unhappy or unsure about anything in the lessons then please let me know. I will set clear goals, and explain why we are learning certain techniques and topics. We then apply them by learning tracks.
I can also let you have a 30 minute trial lesson for free and you can see what you're getting.

I still have a question?
Please contact me and I can answer any other queries:

Telephone: 07813 66 59 41

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