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March 14, 2006, 11:24:00 PM

How to find a Guitar Teacher


So youíre ready to take the leap into guitar lessons. Good for you! Itís the best way to learn, and youíll be glad you did in the long run. But before you start giving some hippy $20 every week, there are a few things you should knowÖ


First of all, itís important to realize that absolutely no certification is necessary for someone to give guitar lessons. This means that when you sign up for lessons, the teacher could be pretty much anyone.


Donít be discouraged though, it just means you need to do a little research. If you take lessons from a music store, or a private lessons studio, generally the teachers there will be pretty qualified. You can usually find such places in the yellow pages.


Another good place to look is on bulletin boards at music stores and coffee shops. If you go that route, make sure you ask how long they have taught lessons, played guitar, been sober, etc. Iím not saying these teachers arenít trustworthy, as many talented teachers advertise this way, Iím just saying it pays to do some research.


The main thing to keep in mind is to never be too eager, and if you end up with a bad teacher, donít despair, just keep looking for a better one. It shouldnít be necessary to visit someoneís house, as there are plenty of teachers who teach lessons in a music store or studio.


Happy hunting!

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