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10 Reasons why you need an excellent guitar teacher

Article by Virtuoso Guitarist Stefan Joubert

Stefan Joubert 10 Compelling reasons why you need an excellent guitar teacher. Learning how to play the guitar with the best will help you learn the best techniques and habits and set you apart from day one. Guitar master Stefan Joubert expands upon why it is absolutely imperative to have an excellent guitar teacher.

Stefan Joubert is the virtuoso guitar teacher at the London Guitar Institute. He is currently accepting a limited number of new students. you can contact the London Guitar Institute directly on (020) 7127 0717 to find out more about course details.

In an article by Ken Futernick (, he states that most of us would not dream to have surgery performed on us by an unlicensed practitioner, (in which he states it is mostly impossible since it is a crime) but we accept education from teachers who have (in his own words) "virtually no professional training, no classroom experience, and little or no knowledge of the subjects they will be asked to teach".

Although teaching the guitar is not a high-school or further education subject, I wholeheartedly agree with Ken's article and in terms of guitar tuition it certainly applies.

I would proudly bet that more than 90% of all "guitar teachers" do not have a complete grasp of their instruments and how to teach it. This leaves you (the student) in a black hole, receiving education from a teacher who is feeding you lousy techniques and habits on a weekly basis.

Although most guitar teachers have impressive "music credentials", they will still teach you bad habits. While there are certainly value in credentials, they are in my opinion vastly overrated.

The fact is, anyone can pass a music university exam with imperfect guitar tone, terrible technique and a deep, fundamental misunderstanding of music theory. Most guitarist who graduate yearly fall in this category. Fortunately there is always a diamond in the rough.

In fact, some of the greatest musicians were drop-outs. Think Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Chick Corea and others. Wikipedia says the following about Chick Corea: "He eventually decided to move to New York where he studied musical education for one month at Columbia University and six months at The Juilliard School. He quit after finding both disappointing, but liked the atmosphere of New York where the musical scene became the starting point for his professional career."" and about Miles Davis: "Davis dropped out of Juilliard, after asking permission from his father".

Am I slandering music schools and universities and stating that those who do not obtain a degree is better than those who do?

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No, I am simply making a valid point that credentials does not mean you can swing!

How does this apply to your situation and how is it pertinent to this article?

It educates you about the dangers of selecting a teacher based on credentials alone.

To get to the essence of the article, here are ten reasons why you need an excellent guitar teacher

  1. 1. You'll learn the correct habits, techniques and sounds
  2. 2. You will obtain the right mindset
  3. 3. You will be motivated to practice regularly
  4. 4. You will have a lot of fun!
  5. 5. You will feel passionate about your progress, and that will lead to more progress
  6. 6. You will learn to make the guitar sing
  7. 7. You will have a thorough understanding of music, harmony, form, arrangements and structure
  8. 8. You will be able to improvise properly
  9. 9. You get the BEST bang for your buck (even if he or she is five times the price of the going rate) in years to come the pay-off will show.
  10. 10. Your guitar playing dream will materialise (as long as you follow Winston Churchill's advice: never, never, never give up!)

You might want to know where you can find an excellent teacher. The truth is it is an art in itself!

Many pose as being genuine, but few are! There is a couple of questions you can ask potential teachers to help you make a decision:

  1. 1. How do you structure your classes?
  2. 2. What can I expect to learn or play after 6 months?
  3. 3. Can you give me three references about your guitar work?
  4. 4. Can you give me three references about your guitar teaching?
  5. 5. Would you mind if I email one of your students to get feedback about the lessons provided?
  6. 6. What's your weakness in teaching?
  7. 7. What's your teaching strength?
  8. 8. Who is your favourite guitar player?
  9. 9. How long have you been teaching the guitar?
  10. 10. Why do you teach?

Please do ask these questions with the utmost respect, especially if you are genuinely dealing with a top-notch guitarist. Many guitarists have spend 20+ years practising hours and hours a day, so they might be a general! Salute them if it is the case!

Interview a few teachers and go with your gut feeling when selecting the best teacher for you! Remember an excellent teacher for someone else might not be suitable for you. The important thing to remember is that accomplished teachers will have many common points and take you forward at rocket speed where a (often cheaply priced) mediocre teacher will only help you get more frustrated.

I hope this article will be of value to you in your hunt for a guitar mentor!

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================================================================================ Stefan Joubert is the founder and virtuoso guitar instructor of the London Guitar Institute. The Institute provides weekly guitar lessons in London. He is also a famous touch guitar artist and he has a You Tube guitar channel. ================================================================================

I am currently accepting a limited number of guitar students for guitar lessons in London at my guitar studio: the London Guitar Institute. I am also teaching guitar internationally via my correspondence guitar lessons. Hence it is possible to learn the guitar with me from anywhere in the world.

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