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Q: What do I need to bring to my 1st lesson?
A: A guitar. You can bring an electric or an acoustic. If this is not the 1st time you have taken lessons and don’t consider yourself a beginner, feel free to bring in songs that you want to learn. Otherwise, as a beginner I will have a folder with handouts and information at your 1st lesson.
Q: Can I use a guitar at the music store instead of buying one?
A: This is never something I recommend. While there are a couple of guitars available, the key to learning any instrument is practice. If you are only playing guitar or bass at your lesson, you will never become proficient. There are some very affordable guitars available and I will be happy to look at the one you choose before you purchase it.
Q: Will you come to my home and teach lessons or can I come to your house and take lessons?
A: In today’s world, I find that it is best business practice for students to come to a music store. This is to put the parent’s mind at ease and for the convenience of the instructor. That way we don’t have to deal with pesky liability waivers or such as that.
Q: How long does it take to learn to play guitar or bass?
A: It depends completely on the person, their ability and how much they practice. I recommend practicing 30 minutes daily at the very least. Obviously the more you practice the better you can become. If you practice, you can learn basic strumming and chords in just a few months.
Q: How old do you have to be to play guitar? or Am I too old to start playing guitar?
A: You are never too old to start anything. As far as too young, they have some junior guitars that my youngest students have used. If your child is old enough to press the strings, hold the guitar and has the attention span to focus then they can learn guitar. My youngest student was 6 years old and my oldest was 75.


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