If you answered “yes” to any of these, you are in the right place.
We live in a time where information has never been more freely available. Books, websites, YouTube, countless apps (free and paid) all claim to offer the solution to learning to play music quickly and painlessly. Before investing your time and money into any of them, however, we should determine what the BEST and FASTEST way to learn guitar really is. This way you can make the most informed decision possible.
There are several problems with the YouTube, instructional DVD, and app route.
“Matt is a likeable guy and a great teacher who made the lessons fun and adjusted everything to my level. He made it easy to learn and accelerated my playing in a short time. I highly recommend hiring Matt if you truly want to get better at guitar, he’s worth every penny.” — Aaron D.
“I have been doing guitar for a year and a half with Matt. I really enjoy the lessons as he has always been very kind and easy-going. He has taught me all different types of techniques, even the ones I never thought I’d be able to play, and believed in me that I would be able to succeed. And it made me a better guitar player for it.” – Bella H.
“Professionalism, with expertise, approachability and accessibility. Matt accommodates my schedule, provides instruction on my interests and uses innovative ways to reinforce our lessons. His ability to teach me where I am at in my playing journey is greatly appreciated.” – Brian K.
“OK, got it, lessons are the way to go, I’ll just pick any guitar teacher, there’s lots to choose from.” It’s understandable one would think this way. When we think of the word “teacher,” we tend to think of standardized, regulated education and that while different teachers might have a different style and personality (you probably had teachers or instructors in high school that taught you the same subject, but you preferred one to the other), they are basically teaching “the same stuff.” As long as you and your guitar teacher get along on a personal level, that’s pretty much all that’s necessary to guarantee the lessons will go well and be a good investment, right?
Be very careful here.
It is very possible for two people to go to different guitar teachers, and pay the same exact amount of money.
Yet, these two people could have COMPLETELY DIFFERENT learning experiences and results.
You could get a guitar teacher who is friendly enough, but doesn’t really seem to have a plan for you. He seems to kind of just be winging it each week – a lot of times, he’ll ask you what YOU would like to work on (although you feel like he should be figuring that plan out for you, he would know right? He IS the teacher…).
Or you could get a teacher with experience, credentials, and a track record of getting clients success. A teacher that is “all-in” and is dedicated full-time to teaching music, is part of an international organization dedicated to guitar teaching breakthroughs, and attends annual conferences to further master the art of music pedagody.
If the 2nd option sounds more appealing to you, you’ve come to the right place.
“I can sincerely say that Matt has been immensely conducive to my continued growth as a guitarist, particularly in regards to my knowledge of musical theory and improvisation. His teaching is clear and he encourages his students to learn at their own pace. He is knowledgeable in many different styles of guitar and I highly recommend him for prospective guitar students wanting to play any genre of music.” – Nathania W.
Most people naturally aren’t quite sure what to expect when looking for guitar teacher, so let’s look at some of the most important things you should be looking for.
“I started working with Matt when I first started playing guitar, and I’ve been playing and working with him for about a year and a half. I honestly never thought I’d be where I’m at today with guitar, from learning songs, to slowly writing my own. Matt has been an outstanding teacher – every question I’ve had he’s always had an answer to, giving me tips that you can’t find anywhere else. Don’t give up!” – Ryan G.
“Matt is clearly an expert in his field and is effortlessly able to pass his knowledge on to eager learners. He has a way of making students feel comfortable and interested in playing the style music they want to learn. His talent is undeniable and it’s obvious he enjoys expressing that through teaching.” — Milan M.
I am a member of the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle, an international organization dedicated discovering breakthrough techniques in the field of guitar teaching. I am the only guitar teacher in the cities of Surrey and Langley with this certification.
I am a proud Fellow Of The London College Of Music, the highest credential the conservatory awards. The London College Of Music is one of the oldest and most respected music conservatories in existence.