► I’m not a creative type of person. Can I still learn to play the guitar? Can I still learn how to write my own songs?
Contrary to popular belief, creativity can be taught and learned. That’s the good news – I have had students tell me they are not a “creative person”, and they all get surprised when I show them just how they could instantly create a million ideas.
► Why do you need to know so much about me before I take lessons with you? When I go to other music stores/teachers, they just ask what music I like and can start straight away.
The more I know about you, the better I can tailor your lessons to your specific requirements. This goes deeper than just basic skill level and your available time. I want to help you in a way that’s best for you to reach your guitar playing dreams – I care about this deeply and carefully plan your lessons. Most other teachers are simply looking for another student to fill their slots, never really ensuring that you reach your desired playing level.
I get asked this question a LOT! Each instrument has their advantages and disadvantages. In general, ANY instrument can be easy or difficult to learn. The most important thing is your attitude towards it. You shouldn’t only want to learn something if it is easy. Of course, the learning process is much easier with a good teacher, but it still boils down to your mindset. In most cases, it is only the beginning phase that is the most difficult, just like anything else in life. After a while, when you get used to doing something – it becomes easy.
I often hear this advice given to beginner guitar students. I can understand the idea behind it, but I disagree with this suggestion. I would recommend for you to learn on the type of guitar that best suits the musical styles you want to play. This way, you would start enjoying yourself right from the start, and get comfortable with the type of guitar you want to play.
Can you imagine, for a person, Joe, wanting to learn the electric guitar, how long it would take for him to get there with this advice? First, he’d have to learn all the classical techniques and songs (which he may find boring), then all the relevant techniques for acoustic guitar, then when he’s finally learned all that, he moves on to the electric guitar, thinking that he already knows how to play guitar… Only to realize that now he has new challenges playing that electric guitar…
If you are a VERY patient person, willing to wait a few years, and perhaps enjoy all styles of music, you might actually eventually end up learning to play the electric guitar. But for most people, if they find it boring – they give up! This doesn’t sound like an ideal scenario for a person wanting to learn the guitar. It should be fun for you!
I have some teaching slots in the day, and some at night – to accommodate different types of students. Some have studies in the mornings, some work at night, some work during the day etc. Contact me for a free guitar lesson to find out more details.
► I am (my child is) going to be busy (have exams) so will be busy during this period. Can I (my child) stop lessons for a while and then continue after the exams?
I do not recommend that you stop lessons, even during busy periods like sitting for exams. Of course, if your exam time happens to clash with lesson time, there is not much of an option. The reason I don’t recommend to stop for a month to accommodate “busy” periods during the year is for your own benefit. Of course, there are things that are more important for the moment, but that doesn’t mean your progress on the guitar or music must stop. If you do find you have a busy schedule coming up, talk to me and I will work out a plan that’s best for you.
Also, I can’t promise that I can keep a slot for you once you come back from a break – it wouldn’t be fair to the other existing and new students.
► I already know how to play the guitar well and can do quite a lot – can I still get better? Is there more to learn?
Sure, there’s always room for improvement. Even masters of the guitar practice everyday, and are always learning new things, new ways of applying techniques and concepts. I would need to know more about you before I can comment further.
► I already know a whole bunch of techniques and chords. I just don’t know how to USE them. Can you help me with this?
Yes – I can definitely help you with that. Being able to actually use your skills is very important. What is the point of knowing a whole bunch of stuff if you can use it, right? You are not alone – many guitarists suffer from this issue, but with some changes to your practice routine and some nudges in the right direction and you will be well on your way to playing the guitar how you’ve always wanted.
This is a common question, and a necessary one too! However, a more important question is “How much time, frustration and money will it cost you if you do NOT learn the guitar from an experienced guitar teacher with proven strategies?” In essence, YOU PAY FOR WHAT YOU GET. If you only want to pay RM20 per lesson (cheap), you’ll get that kind of education (and learn “some things” but never able to “do and use all those things well”).
I do not display my prices on my website – once I have an in-depth conversation with you I will know what program will be suitable for you. Also, simply by knowing the prices of anyone’s guitar lessons, you will not be able to make an informed decision of what is best for you. NOT ALL GUITAR LESSONS ARE EQUAL: If you are just looking for the cheapest lessons in town, my lessons are NOT for you. I like to help people who are motivated to do what it takes to play guitar the way they’ve always wanted to.
Everyone is different, and has different needs, challenges, backgrounds and goals and affordability – I offer different programs and options to suit your individual needs (I’m not talking about skill level or which grade you are at – like most music schools). Whatever your situation is, I’m confident that I can find a solution that meets your needs without burning a hole in your pocket.
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