Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you Teach Beginners?
- Can I learn how to play the guitar if I am not a natural?
- Am I too old / Young to learn how to play the guitar?
- What Type of guitar should I start with?
- How long does it take to learn the guitar?
- How do I know I will get better?
- How Much do I have to practice to be good?
Yes! I love teaching beginners because I know EXACTLY what it’s like to have zero musical background and be “helpless.” I am confident that with my experience as a guitar teacher and the structure of my high quality guitar lessons I can not only help you learn the guitar but you will learn it extremely fast!
Yes you can! As long as you believe in yourself and practice what and how I teach you will be able to play the guitar. – I guarantee it!
You are never too old to learn to play the guitar and follow your musical dreams! You will progress just as quickly as anyone else if you have the right guidance and you consistently practice how I show you.
As for the youngsters it just depends. Kids are usually mature enough for guitar lessons by age 8 but I have worked with kids as young as 5 years old that progress extremely fast due to their work ethic and support from parents at home.
What kind of music do you like? What style(s) do you want to play? If you are more interested in folk, classical, or country styles then an acoustic would be better for you. If you have a greater interest in rock, blues, or metal styles then an electric guitar would be best for you.
– If you’re a parent and you aren’t sure what would be the best type of guitar for your child to begin on or what styles they like contact me and I will help you!
First what do you mean by "learn the guitar?" Do you mean be able to strum basic chords and to basic rhythms or are you referring to complete mastery over the instrument?
In reality there are too many variables to give a definite answer as to the exact amount of time learning the guitar will take. We would have to take into consideration your current skill level, your learning ability, how much you practice, how consistent you practice, how you practice, and what you practice, and measure that against what your definition of "having learned the guitar."
I will track and measure your progress so we have actual proof that you are progressing. Also, feel free to read some of the reviews of my past/current clients.
We must first determine what is your definition of “good?”
Do you just want to strum basic guitar chords? Do you want to play extremely difficult guitar solos? Do you want to be able to improvise music? Some high profile guitar players have spent 1000’s of hours honing their craft. – If you want to play like Joe Satriani this isn’t going to be happen in a few months – or even a few years (considering you are just beginning)
Here's a very general rule of thumb:
If you want to make see good progress practice for 20-30min per day
if you want to make great progress and progress by leaps and bounds practice 1-1.5hrs per day
If you want to totally dominate the guitar and possibly have professional or semi professional aspirations 2-3hrs per day
*** However, if when you practice you have no aim or direction and are just noodling around there is no limit to how long it will take. E.g. I have met guitar players who have played fairly consistently for 20 - 30 yrs and can't play as well as my students who've been taking lessons for only 2-3yrs.
- Can I sit in on my child's lessons?
- Do you travel to student's homes?
- Where are you located?
- How much are the lessons?
- How long are the lessons?
Yes! Parents are always welcome to sit in on their child’s lesson. There is a waiting room as well.
No. All students come to the school. I can provide students with much higher quality lessons if they come to the studio where I have all the gear and teaching materials right at hand as well as minimal distractions.
To be honest, I would be leery of any traveling teachers as teachers who travel to homes usually have minimal teaching experience and are not very much in demand. Which means slower progress for you and it will take a lot of time to fix all the bad habits they instill.
The address to the school is 4700s 900e in the Ivy Place Shopping Center In Murray UT
Which is across from the Kmart and Walmart
That depends on which lesson format we decide would be best for your situation. If after we chat on the phone we think we might be a good match, I'll have you come in for a free consultation and I'll assess your current level, your musical goals, your situation, and then will go over available programs and openings.
Lessons run from ½ hour to an hour depending on your lesson format.