Being an excellent guitar teacher requires more than just teaching guitar. You also need to:
*Train your guitar students to practice in effective ways, to keep them progressing and staying motivated to continue practicing consistently.
*Coach your students so they believe in themselves and are ready to fulfill their musical potential by doing the things you tell them to.
Teaching guitar is about communication. It’s about how you help communicate musical ideas and knowledge to your students. Training and coaching refer to the ways you help your students learn, apply and integrate the things they learn.
The guitar teaching tips in this article help you learn how to be a coach and trainer for your students:
Guitar Teaching Tip #1: Help Your Students Become More Confident By Giving Them Constant Victories
You need to help your students understand that they have the ability to mastery any skill they are practicing and having a hard time with. This is how they become more confident, gain trust in you and keep pushing through in order to achieve their musical goals.
Your students’ confidence grows when you help them simplify problems that are holding them back so they are easier to fix.
It may be difficult for your student to play two different licks together, when they are able to play them just fine separately.
It’s up to you to help your student understand that he does have the ability to play this idea. This can be done without slowing everything down or making him play anything too difficult.
This is how you do it: sustain the note at the end of the first idea to allow your student more time to get ready to switch his hands for the second idea.
When the last note of the first idea is sustained, it creates a variation of the lick that is a lot easier to play than the original. This makes it so your student is able to practice both ideas at playing speed without slowing down.
After you increase your student’s confidence level, make the note in the middle shorter and shorter until he is able to play the entire lick up to speed.
Guitar Teaching Tip #2: Point Out The Problem That Is Holding Your Students Back
When your students gain confidence, it’s time to challenge them a bit more.
Make variations of the exercises your students are working on. These variations need to expose problems in their playing and get them to focus on correcting them.
Here are two ways that creating variations can expose the problem:
*Make the problem more challenging. For instance: have your students play an idea on guitar that has tough stretches in the fretting hand that are lower on the fretboard.
*Make the problem occur more often. For instance: have your students repeat a tough picking hand motion several times in a single lick. This gets them to practice it more often.
Guitar Teaching Tip #3: Make Custom Exercises For Your Guitar Students To Work On
You have to make sure your students’ practice is both fun and effective. This motivates them to continue practicing until they realize their goals.
Make a lot of various exercises that make your students work on their problems in many musical scenarios. For instance:
*Show your students how to transpose licks into other scales or keys.
*Make several guitar licks for them that have the same guitar technique challenges.
*Make a musical etude from the original guitar lick for them to integrate it into real-life guitar playing situations.
Guitar Teaching Tip #4: Make Your Guitar Students Feel Proud About Making Progress
Celebrate every moment of progress your students make and give them praise for their success. This gives them a sense of pride and gratefulness for you as their teacher, trainer and coach.