Online vs In-Person : Learn Guitar while Balancing a Busy Work Schedule & Active Lifestyle
If you feel you’re already extremely busy with work and have no time for learning to play guitar, if you’ve tried to learn guitar before and failed (or if you've experienced discouraging/slow progress), if you believe it is simply not possible to learn guitar unless you sit directly in person with a teacher, or, if you've wondered which method to use for learning to play guitar effectively (on-line videos versus in person with a local teacher, or via SKYPE 1-on-1 Guitar Lessons with an expert), then you should definitely continue reading below...
My name is JAYE. They call me 'The Guitar Warrior', a nickname, given to me by my students, that symbolizes a 'Samurai' level of dedication to making a positive difference in the world via my craft. The perspective I am about to share is based on real-life experience of having taught 12,000+ students in my career so far (ranging from 5 to 82 years olds), including a vast number of community leaders, business executives, professional athletes, doctors, artists, truck drivers, business owners, and members of the work force from diverse industries that lead very busy lifestyles. Teaching acoustic and electric guitar is my deepest passion because, simply put, learning to play changes lives for the better. It brings peace, relaxation, joy, and balance when we most need it. My teaching approach is the culmination of 25 years of research and field work as a music educator, musicologist, and professional musician. You can learn more about what I do, here: www.ArtistJAYE.com. My experiences have gifted me with a unique ability to successfully teach people of all ages, 1-on-1 online via Skype (locally and around the world), in a fun and powerful manner that makes my Skype lessons even easier to follow than being in-person. I believe, more than ever, that sharing music unites us. If music has always been in your heart, I suggest you sit back and take 5 minutes to read this article in its entirety…you may be pleasantly surprised by what you discover. _______ _____________________________
“I would not take online 1-on-1 Skype lessons because they present limitations, they offer no advantages, and ultimately they can never compare to the results of in-person sessions"
I've been teaching all facets of guitar playing, from A to Z, via personalized Skype lessons successfully for many years. I use the same personalized approach, I am the same crazy teacher, and my students achieve the same excellent results with me via online lessons...they typically start their journey off as complete beginners and, usually in record time, end up being able to play challenging songs comfortably in front of their friends and family.
My students and I experience no limitations whatsoever on Skype. Even my local students, in Montreal and Laval within Quebec (Canada), who try an online lesson with me, end up also switching to Skype 100% because of the numerous advantages offered by online sessions, including: avoiding the stress of traffic, not wasting valuable energy and saving the travel time it takes to go back and forth to a local studio, having easy access to my teachings no matter where they are located, being able to see close-ups of my technique that are even clearer on-screen than being in person, etc...
It is definitely a big challenge for beginners to find effective online guitar educators because for a teacher to be consistently effective in teaching via Skype they must possess teaching and observation skills that are far beyond the standard abilities required to teach in-person.
For example; when in playing position, the thumb is placed behind the neck of the guitar and remains completely out of sight. Yet during an online lesson, I notice and help students instantly correct the position and angle of their hidden thumb (I'll typically use a short sentence that clarifies everything they'll need to know about proper thumb positioning so they can learn to recognize and adjust it without my help).
They often joke that I can see through the guitar, but that's precisely the degree of mastery an online guitar teacher must possess to be able to make online sessions as powerful as their in-person sessions. It's the kind of teaching level that can only be acquired through decades of person to person teaching experience...the ability to explain things clearly, with few words and precision, is also key.
In summary, a Skype guitar teacher must be an expert at creating an on-screen learning experience that is fun for the student and that feels identical to being coached in person. When this is achieved, Skype is the limit :)
MYTH 2: “A great guitar player that posts videos online definitely knows how to teach guitar effectively to others”
There's a difference between personal experience and teaching experience. To be an effective leader in the field of music education, it takes having both types of experiences.
Unfortunately the vast majority of online guitar videos are posted by people who have insufficient day-to-day, real-life, teaching experience (and in many cases no teaching experience at all).
To a beginner, many of the professional looking online resources, and many great guitar players online, convey a convincing impression that the information shared comes from proven methods derived from actual 1-on-1 teaching experiences...but in reality, the vast majority of such videos (including the ones in ultra high definition) are usually based on a guitar player simply offering a personal opinion of what works for 'them'....on the other hand, one of the many benefits of taking lessons with an expert teacher is that they will instantly identify what specifically works for 'you'.
Guitar playing is a subtle and profound art-form that requires a solid foundation…if the vast number of online videos featuring great guitar players were truly helping people in that regard, my role as a guitar teacher would not exist.
“Beginners can learn to play great guitar by watching and trying videos online” REALITY:
The internet does not provide feedback.
When a student’s technique is not consistently observed and corrected by a professional (the mirror effect), poor habits develop that prevent the student from achieving their desired level of guitar-playing.
Millions of free online guitar tutorials are posted weekly. The reality is that beginners waste valuable time (in some cases numerous years) navigating through an overloaded jungle of guitar information online that simply leads to confusion and to being misinformed.
Every hour spent trying to figure out (through trial and error) which videos might be effective, is an hour less of practicing key aspects that will truly make a difference in one's progress.
Beginners who use online videos as guidance end up making random, uninformed decisions and assumptions about what must be trained, and how to go about it. Rather than experiencing the deep joy of learning to play, their lack of progress from turning in circles often leads to a state of frustration that causes them to give up.
“Trying to start my guitar journey alone will save me time and money… I’ll adjust by learning from a teacher at a later time, if I really need to”
Trying to learn by oneself is the least efficient approach, it leads to slow advancement which decreases motivation → decreased motivation causes people to practice less → less practice leads to a downward spiral.
Learning from an experienced teacher is the most efficient approach, it leads to rapid progress which fuels motivation → motivation inspires more practice → more practice leads to an upward spiral and success on the guitar.
After attempting to learn on their own for a while, most beginners finally realize that online videos set them up for defeat, consequently they look for someone with my experience…the danger is that poor habits are hard to break…we end up having to spend time “unwiring” the poor techniques they developed, only then can we begin to “re-wire” things the right way...it ends up taking a student much longer than if they had simply learned the right way to begin with.
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"The Guitar Warrior"
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