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Just beginning guitar? Read on……

 

1) “How much do I have to practice?”

Many are under the impression that hours upon hours per week are needed to get good at playing the guitar.

Unless you are planning on being a guitar superstar in the first few weeks, this is simply not true. If you can find 20 minutes to an hour a day, four or five days out of the week, you will noticeably progress. Generally, students find the more they accomplish, the more they are encouraged to practice.

2) “What if I have no musical talent?”

Some worry about being “tone deaf” or that they have “no rhythm.” Something we truly believe is that everyone has some sort of innate musical talent. Initially, some may appear to have it more obviously than others, but there are many instances when a student who seemed to be not getting it at first became the one that surpassed the rest.

3) “What if I don’t have a guitar?”

Guitars can be purchased relatively inexpensively. For under $300 one can get a decent acoustic guitar, or an electric guitar and a small amplifier. Used instruments can even be less.

4) “What if I don’t know how to read music?”

We can teach you, and our instructors will make it an enjoyable learning process. However, since most of what guitar does in popular styles is rhythm accompaniment, beginning guitar is usually is taught through a variety of other methods that make more sense to that style. As a student progresses beyond the beginning stages they will find that reading music is useful for more advanced musical understanding. Students are encouraged to make reading a part of their learning experience.

5) “What if I’ve never played a musical instrument before?”

Learning a musical instrument does not require any background. Ultimately every musician has started from zero. All that is necessary is the desire, and a willingness to practice.

6) “What if my hands or fingers are too big or too small?”

It is extremely rare that this ever true. Once a student realizes what needs to be stretched and how to work on this then they find that it’s not as difficult as they imagined. Having a qualified instructor look at the individual is recommended.

7) “Why can’t I teach myself?”

We are of the opinion that instructional materials such as videos, DVDs, internet downloads, books and CDs, regardless of how good they are produced, are best studied with a competent teacher. It’s not the student’s fault! As good as these learning aids may be, the problem is, is that you can’t ask them questions. Since everyone learns differently, there may be an issue if the method utilized by the various instructional materials is not one that works for you. This is where the experienced private instructor who can customize their approach to the individual enters into the picture. Once the basics have been mastered, then the various instructional materials available are much easier to deal with.

8) “How long will I have to take lessons before I can play anything?”

Although this is a tricky question to answer because every student is different, the average is between two to four weeks before a student can start playing some simpler songs.

9) “How long to I have to keep taking lessons?”

Our goal is to make the student self-sufficient so that after they learn the basics they can teach themselves. This could happen after just a few lessons. One doesn’t necessarily need to keep taking lessons to learn enough to become a competent player. However, once a student gets involved in the guitar they often find that they enjoy the learning process so much that they want to keep it up and study techniques beyond the basic chordal accompaniment styles.

10) “Can you learn anything in a group class?”

Yes, group classes can be useful as an introduction to playing an instrument. The problem is that everyone learns differently. This makes it difficult for an instructor to address each student’s individual concerns as most group classes tend to be short and have a large number of students.

11) “Is it better to start on an acoustic or an electric guitar?”

They are both good. It depends on the quality. Often we recommend an electric to the younger children because of the ease of playing an electric.

  • great service! Helpful and responsive! Great guitar teacher too
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    shiney Shen
    04/04/18
  • Angus was very helpful finding a teacher for me and I think david is a great fit. Angus also chased up my progress. Recommend this service.
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    Claire Thompson
    15/08/19
  • This place is great. When your child shows an interest in an instrument and you want to capture a possibly fleeting moment but equally possibly brilliant career that may pass within a few weeks if not nailed down with lessons, this is the place for you. Quick response, talented teachers, flexible approach, and best of all the child loves it now xxx
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    Sheri McEvoy
    27/10/18
  • My experience with Sydney Guitar Lessons is definitely positive. I am enjoying my classes with Michael. He is simply great, very well prepared and he also creates bespoke classes based on my music taste and level. I definitely recommend him. Chiara
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    Chiara Marotta
    08/11/21
  • It was an easy way to find a great guitar teacher. Very happy with all I have learnt so far from David.
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    Diana Dickens
    19/08/18
  • Great professional service that actually listens to you. Good selection of teachers and a no pressure approach for students. Looking forward to sticking out the long term with my guitar teacher Paul. Big thanks to Angus for finding me the right man for the job!
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    Lewis Coluccio
    24/02/18
  • This service is great, there are plenty of teachers to choose from. I found a classical guitar teacher and was already having my first lesson within a matter of days.
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    Wafik Salim
    20/11/20
  • Angus was very available and reactive when it comes to the booking and gift certificates.
    As for the classes, I only received positive feedback, "patient", "professional", and "fun to learn with".
    I will definitely recommand him to friends ans family :)
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    Marine MORALES
    29/06/19
  • Sydney Guitar Lessons helped me find a great guitar teacher, in my local area
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    Brian Bailey
    13/08/19
  • Never had a guitar lesson before and was sceptical how it would go but this was one of the best decisions i made, only wish i started sooner. Got lucky with Angus the man as my teacher who was able to set me on the right path to what i wanted to learn, being both patient and insightful. Highly recommended!!!
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    Govin Baboo
    27/09/18
  • Great service . Found an excellent teacher straight up. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend .
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    Sebastian De meza
    02/05/19
  • My experience with Sydney Guitar Lessons is definitely positive. I am enjoying my classes with Michael. He is simply great, very well prepared and he also creates bespoke classes based on my music taste and level. I definitely recommend him. Chiara
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    A Google User
    08/11/21
  • Very helpful in sourcing a good guitar teacher for my son
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    Kate Baker
    11/06/21
  • Great service, Angus helped me find a great guitar teacher and made sure that everything was good after my lesson. Would recommend!
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    Niamh Hynes
    05/11/18
  • Angus was prompt, friendly and helpful in finding us a bass teacher. Our teacher seems really good- a promising start made. THANKS
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    Quenten Watson
    23/01/20
  • Angus found my wife a great guitar teacher. He provided a very personal approach to getting the correct tutor. Fully recommended!
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    Chris Ellis
    22/02/19
  • A fantastic service! I was looking for a local guitar teacher. Sydney Guitar Lessons found several for me to pick from, they followed up to make sure I had been contacted and also after the first lesson to see how it went. Awesome!
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    Dara Kretschmer
    02/04/19
  • Tom Wood is an excellent guitar teacher. He is prompt (both in person before Covid lockdown and now online), professional, very personable and encouraging. Our seven-year-old son has responded well to his teaching style, and we are very pleased that Sydney Guitar Lessons has put us in contact with Tom.
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    Nev ENKA
    25/07/21
  • Angus is super helpful in finding a teacher and follows up personally to make sure you're happy with the service. I've been really impressed with his professionalism and my teacher seems to really care about my progress. Thanks angus!
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    Esha Thaper
    08/05/19
  • I've been looking for a guitar tutor for some time now and have tried a few over the last several years but they hasn't worked out due to wanting me to commit to dates/times which is hard with my schedule. I came across this site on a google search and they put me in touch with a tutor close to me very quickly. I've now had my first lesson and will be going as regularly as I can. Highly recommended service. Cheers.
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    Vincent Jones
    27/09/18
  • Angus Todman does a great job matching teachers and learners and finding them easily through geo search
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    johnny weiss
    26/10/20
  • One word, AMAZING! I have been searching for a suitable guitar teacher around Sydney area for so long but never had I ever found a guitar teacher as knowledgeable, approachable and attentive like Grant. I love this place because they can suggest you the best teacher that suits your need (e.g genre of songs). In my case, I would love to have a guitar teacher that can teach me classical songs and fix my technique. That's when I was introduced to Grant who is teaching at AIM. I love how this place offer qualified and excellent teachers as well. Overall, I am very satisfied with the customer service from the admin team and very happy and excited with my first lesson with Grant. I would recommend this place for everyone. All you need is give them a call or email and they will give you a very fast response! Nice.
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    Chelsy Gautama
    13/03/18
  • Tom Wood is an excellent guitar teacher. He is prompt (both in person before Covid lockdown and now online), professional, very personable and encouraging. Our seven-year-old son has responded well to his teaching style, and we are very pleased that Sydney Guitar Lessons has put us in contact with Tom.
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    nevenka brcin
    25/07/21
  • A very helpful service with a continous support and assistance in resolving any issues.
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    Evgeniya S
    11/09/19
  • Simple and easy to use. I found a great teacher and am loving my lessons. Thanks for creating such a convenient the platform.
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    Aimee da Roza /Numinous Bloom
    14/05/21
  • So helpful and supportive as we were looking for a guitar teacher. Thank you for persisting with your help till we found someone.
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    Kathryn Cook
    17/02/23
  • Quick to respond, friendly and very helpful when it came to finding a teacher and setting up lessons. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for quality lessons in Sydney no matter your playing ability.
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    Adam Doyle
    27/05/20
  • I have taken a lot of music classes and I know when I find a great class. Luckily, I have met a great ukulele teacher through here. Well planned lessons, experienced and resourceful teacher. Will continue to take lessons. Thank you. ;-)
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    Ava J
    09/01/19
  • 1 am a complete beginner, learning to play the Tenor Ukulele. I searched the internet for a teacher and came across Sydney Guitar Lessons, and thank goodness I did. They have many teachers who teach many instruments and also singing. I sent an email to them to let them know that I am a complete beginner. Angus is amazing and has helped me through many questions that I have raised including finding a teacher for me. I am passed retirement age and Angus has found me a perfect teacher just 15 minutes (Newtown) from where I live. David is a great Teacher and is very friendly and yet very professional. I have tried to teach myself for the last 6 months to no avail. I learned to play quite a lot from the very first lesson with David and I can't believe that I am actually playing HALLELUJAH by LEONARD COHEN. I will stay with David for a long time and maybe have 1 hour lessons instead of half hour. My son Robin who also wants to learn the Ukulele ( Baritone ) will begin lessons with David in a couple of weeks. We both look forward to having so much fun with our music. I would just like to mention again PLEASE get in touch with SYDNEY GUITAR LESSONS and Angus will give you all the help you need to find a good teacher. May I just add that if I can do it anybody can and I mean that. Thank you so much Angus and Sydney Guitars. Geraldine.
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    geraldine doenicke
    31/03/21
  • Angus was really helpful in sending me some suggestions for music teachers that would suit what I was looking for. I had my first lesson with Matt at the weekend and will certainly be going back!
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    27/08/18
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