Finding a Guitar Tutor for You as an Adult
While you can learn how to play the guitar on your own (and many people have done this successfully), there’s no shame in admitting that you might need the help of a professional tutor. In fact, there are also a lot of people who have given up on learning how to play the guitar because they felt frustrated during the learning process.
However, if you’re trying to learn the guitar for the first time as an adult, it is a different process from learning the guitar as a kid. You already have different needs, concerns, and even learning styles from a child. Thus, it’s not as easy as typing in “guitar teacher” on Google and contacting whoever comes up first.
Here are some helpful tips that you can use in locating the right guitar tutor for you as an adult:
Discuss Your Personal Health Issues
Learning the guitar requires that you sit in a certain position for extended periods of time. However if you have chronic back pain, shoulder pain, or joint pain, this can be difficult and painful.
Ask your potential tutor how they handle students who find it difficult to learn how to play the guitar due to personal health issues. Do they have knowledge of ergonomics or techniques that can help ease the pain, or can they suggest exercises or tools that can help you learn easier?
Set Specific Goals
One of the biggest differences in learning how to play the guitar as an adult as opposed to learning as a child is the goal. For children, guitar lessons are usually standard lessons on finger placement, how to play the chords, and other general guitar knowledge. However, as an adult, you might already have a certain musical style that you want to learn or specific pieces that you want to play.
Be upfront about what your goals are in learning the guitar. A good tutor will listen and indicate how they will help you achieve these goals in specific steps. However, if a particular candidate is inflexible and is pressuring you to “learn their method first”, it will only create tension and end up badly.
Be Honest about their Teaching Method
Each guitar tutor will have their own method when it comes to teaching students how to play, and for adults, these methods can seem too childish, outdated, or simply does not fit their own style of learning. You might not have the time or patience to learn the guitar in the same way that a child learns. In fact, you might benefit more from a tutor who teaches in a clear, direct, and professional manner. Tutors who teach children lean more towards coddling and praising their students, and the “good job, here’s a gold sticker” method might seem too immature for you.