How do you practice guitar? Do you stick to one thing, practice it until you have it down and move on to the next exercise? Do you review previously learned material or do you forget the things you once learned?
Do you wander around the internet looking for cool lesson videos with no real plan? Or do you have a step by step plan of attack?
I’ve been helping guitar students for years via my free video lessons and website. I’ve also scoured the internet for videos, and have joined sites such as Workshop Live. But something was always missing.
A few years ago I took lessons from a jazz teacher even though I had over 20 years of experience. I realized that there were many benefits:
* exposure to new ideas and concepts
* accountability – I had to practice before the next lesson!
* kept me progressing
* challenged me to new levels of awareness and skill
While having a teacher is probably the best thing you can do to explode your progress, the potential problems with having a teacher are:
* inconvenient – might be far to drive
* teacher may be intimidating
* teacher may emphasize too much theory and analysis
* teacher may not like the same styles of music as you
* teacher may give you too many things to practice
To avoid many of the usual practice mistakes, find a good teacher. If you decide to go with a teacher (which I strongly suggest, make sure you find someone who can give you all the benefits and avoid the possible problems.