If you are currently looking for a guitar teacher, here are three questions which you should definitely ask anyone you are considering paying for lessons:
1. What is your teaching method?
How your prospective teacher answers this will tell you a lot about him or her! If they give you a method, such as using a particular book or preparing you for a set of exams, then beware! There are no “one-size-fits-all” methods to teaching guitar. A good teacher will need to know a lot of information about your exact circumstances and your specific goals before they can form a plan to help you get there.
2. How much do your lessons cost?
You will find different teachers offering a range of prices. In general, the cheaper the lesson, the more likely it is that the teacher is not a very serious teacher; he or she will only be trying to make a few extra euro to support their other career, usually as a musician. “What’s wrong with that?”, you might ask. What’s wrong is that someone who is not serious about teaching will not invest the time and energy necessary to find out about the latest teaching techniques, materials, and methods for helping students progress faster and in the best possible way. A dedicated teacher works on their teaching skills for the benefit of their students. Fees will be higher for such a teacher, who will also be in demand, and known as a teacher who can get the best results for their students. If you can afford it, it is clearly better for you to go with such a teacher.
3. What kind of format do you teach in?
If a teacher tells you they only offer 1-1 private lessons, this would be a disadvantage for you. There are many skills in music which it is not possible to learn except in a group. For example, group improvisation, playing music which has different parts, accompanying singers and soloists. 1-1 private lessons are also good for addressing specific technical issues, but sticking only with one format or the other can be limiting for you.