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How To Select A Guitar Teacher Who Helps You Improve Fast

Author: Tom Hess
by Tom Hess
Posted: Nov 06, 2017

How To Select A Guitar Teacher Who Helps You Improve Fast

By Tom Hess

One of the most serious decision you must make as a guitarist is which guitar teacher to take lessons with. Choosing a good one helps you become better faster (while saving time and money). Choosing a bad one might hold back your guitar playing for years.

Most guitarists choose guitar teachers based on the wrong criteria. Many choose their teacher based on: price, the teacher’s guitar playing skills and his musical education. Wrong! These criteria offer no objective proof of a guitar teacher’s ability to help you with your guitar playing.

This is what does: proof that the guitar teacher has helped many other students achieve the same musical goals you have. These students must play in the exact same way that you want to play in.

Only look for the proof that the teacher has provided results. This is the only thing that matters.

Just think for a moment: Isn’t this how you would select a dentist, doctor, mechanic or any other specialist you want to do business with?

Question: “But Tom Hess, don’t the teacher’s prices or playing ability or musical education matter at least a little?”

Answer: No, they don’t. This is why:

Guitar playing skills: Having excellent guitar playing skills is different than having excellent guitar teaching skills. There are tons of amazing guitarists out there who do not know how to teach at all.

You want to see proof of your guitar teachers’ teaching skills. The only thing that provides this proof is a long list of satisfied guitar students who are great musicians.

Guitar lesson rates: Many people choose guitar teachers based on who is cheaper. They falsely assume that guitar teachers (and guitar lessons) are the same everywhere (like buying milk at the grocery store).

Fact: Guitar teachers who charge the lowest price are usually new to teaching or have poor guitar teaching skills. Great guitar teachers usually charge more because they provide the most value to their students.

With this in mind, some guitar teachers charge the most for the sake of tricking you. They know that a high price makes them appear “higher quality”. This is a major reason why you must not choose a teacher based on price alone.

Formal musical education: Going to school to get a degree in music has nothing to do with knowing how to teach guitar. Learning about how music works and developing guitar teaching skills are two separate matters.

Once you’ve picked the right guitar teacher for you, you must learn how to speed up your progress as a guitar student. Discover how to get the most results from taking electric guitar lessons

About The Author:

Tom Hess is a professional touring musician, recording artist and online guitar teacher who teaches guitarists from all over the world in his online guitar lessons. On his website,, you can get additional free tips about guitar playing, guitar playing resources, mini courses and surveys.

About the Author

Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar player, composer and international guitar teacher.

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