At MayosMusic we offer Private, Semi-Private and Group guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, fretted instrument and auto-harp lessons. Plus, we are a complete luthier service that includes guitar and amplifier repairs/restorations. Through the years we have been asked numerous "Guitar Lesson" and "Guitar Repair" related questions (many repeatedly) by new/current/old and prospective students and customers. Here is our answer to: What makes a good teacher?
Playing and teaching guitar
are two very
different skills. Many players as well as students often
that because a player has acquired the skills to play or perform well,
that they then possess the skills needed to teach well. This
not always true.
For example, did you know that
the neck breaks into five positions then repeats at the 12th fret, and
that in every position you can play a chord, scale (more than one type)
and an arpeggio? Good teachers will have lessons about
that overlap and can substitute one for the other, learning the
differences between diatonic and chromatic scales and chords, and how
to train and develop your ear. I teach flat-picking,
finger-picking, Travis picking, and slack key techniques,
hammer-ons, pull-offs, tapping, chicken plucking, bends, use of the
tremolo bar (whammy bar), use of pedals such as the wah pedal, and many
other direct playing techniques.
that teach only songs are not really teaching the instrument
(guitar). Songs are important and fun and hold the students
interests, but without further knowledge of chords, scales and
reading standard notation, chord diagrams, rhythm charts, music theory,
etc. the student will find himself always coming back for the next
song. It is better to learn what the teacher knows and how to
begin to learn to figure out the songs by yourself (or better yet be
able to make your own music and write songs).
I will end by drawing an
analogy. Think of building your guitar knowledge like
jig-saw puzzle. You group like shapes, like end pieces, group
colors (such as blue sky, green grass, brown earth, etc.) and then
start putting it all together as the shapes come together.
That is to say that every time you learn something new
(chords, scales, riffs, rhythms, arpeggios, techniques, etc.) try to
connect that new information to what you already know and only when you
discover a new concept, do you create a new category. You are
building the jig-saw puzzle of guitar knowledge (and every picture will