I sometimes get enquiries from people who already have a teacher, or have just hired a teacher and quite often from parents with children who have been enrolled with a guitar teacher at their school.
(Quick note on school based guitar teachers – did you know that even if the school had option to offer you a choice of teachers, they will not do so? They will give you a teacher with no options for other teachers… and they also have no way of measuring or reviewing how effective that teacher is).
So how do you know if you need to get a new teacher? Here are some things you can look for:
1. No real plan.
Every class you take, you are doing a new thing. Becoming a capable guitar player is not about learning as many different things as possible, it is about training on a few things and mastering them. If each lesson you get something new, it is likely you are also feeling overwhelmed and not very confident with your playing.
2. They are rude and blame you for not succeeding
A lot of teachers will blame their students for not becoming better guitar players, rather than evaluate themselves and their effectiveness as a teacher.
3. They talk for half the lesson
You will not improve your guitar playing by listening to someone talk. You will improve your guitar playing… by playing guitar.
4. They are one step ahead
A lot of people who teach are not qualified to do so and are only one step ahead of their students. How can your teacher plan a coherent strategy spanning 100s of lessons… if they are only one step ahead themselves? The answer – they can’t.
5. You feel like they keep deserving another chance
This is the only reason a lot of teachers stay in business. Don’t give them another chance. You have already lost your money and more importantly, your time (that is a piece of your life that you will never get back) with them. Find someone else. Even if they don’t work out, you will start to have a better idea of what you are looking for in a teacher.
Incidentally, the very first email I sent you was about how to choose a great teacher. Give it another read and see how many of those criteria your current teacher fits.
You can always call me for a no obligation free introductory lesson, then you can make an accurate comparison for yourself as to who is the best teacher for you, to help you achieve your goals on the guitar – because at the end of the day, that is all that matters.