Music Teacher Guitar, Guitar Bass, Guitar Classical, Guitar Electric
I'm Neil from Mitcham Guitar Tuition. I have been playing the guitar for 25 and teaching for 12 years. Since attaining my qualifications I have taught the Guitar and Bass in secondary schools, primary schools, for various after hours music academies and from clients' homes. I have played in numerous rock bands and have performed countless concerts around Australian venues. I'm an avid music producer and have my own personal recording studio. Since purchasing my own home in Mitcham I have also been teaching from my own person teaching studio.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Learn what is best for you. A quick chat with Neil prior to the 1st lesson will help define goals
Beginner to advanced techniques
With a plectrum or finger style
Traditional music notation
Modern notation methods like tablature and chord charts
Rock, Pop, Jazz, Classical, Progressive, Heavy metal genres
How to fully enjoy music
The most important element of learning an instrument is enthusiasm, and the most effective tool for cultivating enthusiasm is communication. At the outset of your learning experience goals must be set with your teacher. The most important questions you need to answer at the beginning of your musical journey are:
Should you be reading traditional music notation?
Whether to learn how to read notation or not depends on a few factors. If you aspire to be a classical guitarist then reading music notation is highly recommended. Likewise if you are hoping to sit AMEB exams or study music in VCE then reading is a must. However if you are looking to learn any modern music genres your options are very broad. Various methods like ROTE, chord charts and tablature can fast track your learning experience. Ultimately this leads to quicker results and increased enthusiasm. Unfortunately many who choose to learn traditional notation give up before they ever enjoy themselves. But if you have the patience and the determination learning how to read traditional music notation is well worth it. While I can help students to cultivate patience it truly is up to the student to determine their musical destiny.
What sort of instrument do I need?
Most students would benefit the most from beginning on an acoustic guitar. You have the option of nylon string (classical) or steel string (folk). Nylon strings are softer and are recommended for children however steel string guitars have a more modern sound. Children under the age of 12 may require a half sized or three quarter sized guitar. Electric guitars are only recommended as a first guitar if it is going to create enthusiasm for the instrument. Pupils with a year or so of experience may be more suited to an electric guitar. Very little can go wrong with an acoustic guitar and they tend to remain in working condition for decades. Electric guitars have many electrical components which can malfunction, leads can become damaged, amplifiers can become damaged etc. Truly electric guitars are for dedicated players.
Is this teacher right for me?
You must feel happy and comfortable with your teacher. Travelling to your lesson should be an exciting prospect. You should feel comfortable to discuss your desired outcomes and preferred styles of music with your teacher. Most importantly your teacher should be happy to adapt to you. You should never have to adapt to your teacher.
How long should my lesson be?
30 minutes is perfect for most students starting out. Some people show up for their first lesson having already taught themselves some of the fundamentals and may prefer longer. Students who have a few years experience may also prefer longer lessons.