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UnderTheGroove

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  1. The first thing I do is ask the student for some background information: how long they have been playing, whether or not they have taken lessons before (and for how long), what goals they have, what type of music they like, etc. If they have any previous playing experience I will evaluate what the student knows/does not know and look for any technique issues. I will ask what goals they have and what areas they feel need help.

     

    I think the main thing a student should look for is an instructor that they feel comfortable with who can explain things in a way that is easy for the student to understand.


  2. My thoughts are pretty similar to what gennation said. 60 to 90 minutes is a good amount of time for a group class. The one exception would be that usually students will pay less for group lessons than they would for individual lessons. That is the incentive for them to take a class. The instructor pay should be quite a bit higher than the pay for a one-on-one lesson.

     

    One tip is to give side challenges to any player who are more advanced so you can assist anyone who is struggling to keep up. For example: if you are learning to play a major scale pattern, ask the advanced player(s) to try and play it using thirds while you help other students.


  3. I'm a bit biased (I teach 30+ guitar lessons a week and sell Jam Tracks), but I think there is no replacement for the immediate feedback you get from a teacher. There are a lot of great books, videos, and internet sites that can give you a lot of information. An instructor, however, can correct any errors and show you the most efficient way to work on a subject. Of course learning tools and lessons aren't mutually exclusive. I encourage my students to use books and videos and then follow up with me if they have any questions.

     

    As with any profession, there are good instructors and not-so-good instructors. It's always a good idea to take a trial lesson to see if a teacher is a good match for you.


  4. I've heard so many good things about these pickups and have never had a chance to hear them in person. I've often thought about getting a pair to put in my Gretsch, but I have a hard time deciding which ones I would like. One of these days I'm going to have to look into it again.


  5. Someone once advised me on the pitfalls of charging too little. What he said was that the less you charge, the more you give the the impression that your lessons are worth less. Of course, charge too much and you price yourself out of the market.


    But at the same time, if you're more qualified than an average music store guitar teacher, then it's ok to charge a little more. That way you attract more serious students (who will rightly expect more from you).


    Make sense?



    I agree with Jon. Find out what the average rate is in your area and make your prices competitive. Be prepared for a slow period as you build up your roster of students. Good luck!


  6. I have come to the conclusion.........I need a teacher. any advice on finding the right one?

     

    Ask friends that play if they have any recommendations. Ask at the local guitar stores if they can recommend a teacher. Look on craigslist. Don't be afraid to take a trial lesson with a couple of different instructors to find a teacher that is a good fit for you.


  7. Of course you could just stop tapping your foot. It's possible that you are still rushing when you aren't tapping, but you don't notice it as much. Here are two exercises that can help with this:

     

    Try to practice with the metronome only clicking half time. Set it so the clicks only occur on beats 2 and 4.

     

    Set up a loop that alternates between one measure of quarter note clicks and one measure of silence. You should be able to keep time during the measure of silence and still be locked in when the click comes back. You can expand this to two measures of silence (or more) alternating with a measure of clicks.

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