There are lot of great sites for learning how to play the guitar. And over the last 20 years, I’ve taught a lot of students to do that. Along the way, I’ve gathered numerous techniques, designed charts, and come up with creative ways to help students become better players. But I’ve also gained a somewhat unique perspective about how to communicate these ideas to the person sitting across from me.
I’ve become more philosophical about the learning process not only for the student, but for myself as well. There’s plenty here for players and students, but there’s also a whole world of ideas about how to go about the learning process; what gives the student the best opportunity to succeed. That’s where teaching enters the picture.
If you already have students, or if you are considering the rewarding job of teaching someone else how to play guitar, you’ll uncover on this blog, as much to help you with that task as will the student.
For example, I won’t always show you how to play a specific song (those resources already exist), but I will give you the tools to help you learn any song. That’s something you can learn to play, but it’s also something you can use to teach someone else. Then the resource becomes more valuable because you can couple it with your own perspective, no matter what specific skills you teach, to become a better teacher.
Every article can be a lesson plan for the week. You can extract just one post, including attachments, then use as a resource for learning a new concept or to trigger inspiration. Or you can gather all the articles for one category to present a whole concept.
You can take an article about starting out, or what guitars are inexpensive and good for beginners, or why it takes Mom and Dad to help with practice… You can use these to talk over your goals with parents of younger players to help you market yourself as a teacher. You can use them for your own motivation as well.
Is this site more for teachers than for students? I don’t know yet, but I know this… the best teachers make the best students. And as often as possible, I’ll post articles for both. I think you’ll find a lot of useful stuff here and be sure to check back often. I have a lot to give away, hopefully and ultimately for your benefit.
Until next time…Bill Maxwell