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Just starting out!


Hi all,

I was hoping I could get some advice for someone just starting out as a guitar teacher. It's something I've wanted to do for awhile, but I have a few things I'm worried about. As far as the teaching itself goes, I'm pretty comfortable, but I'm a little at a loss for good materials for students or what a good example of a beginning/consecutive lesson looks like. I'm entirely self-taught, so I don't really have a clear picture of what guitar lessons should really consist of. Should I take lessons myself just to see? I also feel like a lot of online sources point to Tom Hess-style investments that aren't very cheap and frankly, I don't care to make a huge career out of this. It's just something on the side for now and I'll see how it goes in the future. Any and all tips are welcome! Thanks!
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Hi Travis.

This is my first post.

I am in pretty much the same situation as you.
I am self-taught for around 15 years on and off.
I had one stint with an instructor that lasted two lessons many years ago, but they didn't work out.

I am starting to teach the son of a friend of mine next week so I've ended up finding this place to cover my bases, and hopefully find some print outs that I can make use of.

I have already have his first lesson planned, and a draft for the next couple after that.

I will be following this post with interest in case any good ideas come up.

I hope it goes well for you.
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Hey Travis,

First off, stay the hell away from Tom Hess! While I did learn a few things from him as a complete beginner when I was in his program I need to add that I also wasted alot of money on advice that basically sucked. You don't get his personal attention either aside from getting lucky enough to get on one of his calls where he picks a student and goes over their situation. There are tons of other reasons but I've wasted enough time on this con artist!

One of the best investments I've made is [sign in to see URL] there is just tons of training on everything from how and what to teach, to marketing advice, website building advice, building business advice etc... and Aaron the mentor is there to answer any of your questions. It only cost $20 a month also! You should check it out!

Also [sign in to see URL] is pretty decent. Donnie has podcast that are pretty cool. I think for a certain price you can get all of his podcast on different subjects.

Aside from that I do think you taking lessons yourself would be a huge benefit. You can then analyze how the teacher explains things and use that in your own teaching. When I started thinking about teaching I even asked my teacher if I could sit in on lessons with him for a day to observe and he let me. That gave me some useful tips.

Also go through some different method books and find things that you think would be good to teach to your students. I learned alot from picking things here and there from books. You learn different teaching styles and eventually you begin to teach everything in your own way. I now have my own method books I've created for my students. The only books I still use and only really for the songs and solos now are Troy Stetina's Metal method books for my hard rock/Metal guys. I just like the solos in those books and at this point don't see a need to re-create what works perfectly fine now. This is in addition to my own method material though!

So again, I highly recommend going to [sign in to see URL] and looking around. Tons of great material! Also one more tip is you need to be careful to avoid constantly throwing new material at students and overwhelming them. If you aren't giving them enough then they will tell you. Most of the time beginner teacher get concerned with this, throw them tons of material thinking more is better then less and the student gets overwhelmed. You know what happens then? You get a call saying the some job came up or they need to buy a new car or 1 of 1000 excuses. There real reason though is you buried them with way too much material to work on! This is something you'll learn to judge in time.

So hope this helps some!It barely scratches the surface on the advice front but I don't want to overwhelm you with to much info! Lol!!!
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