Jsmusicschool teaching ethos

26 Dec

Hi There,

Thought i’d get stuck into this blogging thing as I think it’ll be good to share my thoughts about guitar,teaching and business with other like minded people. Since starting my journey into teaching and being self-employed, I’ve picked up many interesting ways to teach guitar and find out what really works best for people.

From my experience and general chatter amongst clients and other people, many private teachers just seem to concentrate solely on songs, with many of the school based teaching relying predominantly on grades. Now for me there has to be a balance between the ‘fun’ stuff such as learning songs/riffs and the technical and theoretical aspects of music.

Due to the abundance of Youtube and cheap dedicated websites just for learning songs and riffs, it’s more appropriate as a teacher for me to show how you as a guitarist can become much better with decent tuition.

This is because if you are paying for regular tuition you are much better off learning the techniques and strategies to become a better guitarist, as this will allow you to play pretty much any song you want.

Otherwise for me you just be like millions and millions of average guitarists who’ll hit a plateau and only be able to play a handful of songs.

Just learning the theoretical and technical aspects however also poses problems as you need to intersperse it with songs and riffs BUT showing how the important stuff makes it all work. This makes the learning experience more fun as well as killing several birds with one stone

So if you’re going to teach the Beatles let it be – you need to explain how the strumming pattern is constructed and so on, and why it’s in the key of C major.

The grading system really doesn’t do this for me which is why I come up with my own system to spend time on technical, theory, aural perception, performance and improvisation.

In my next blog my technical teaching ideas will be revealed………


Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Teaching


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4 responses to “Jsmusicschool teaching ethos

  1. Jim

    April 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Ow do U remember all the pentqtonic shapes?
    I’m struggling with just chord shapes
    Eye only know about 700
    but I struggle A9sus4 because my guitare is tuned to Mars

    • jsmusicschool

      April 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Hi Jim – With the 5 shapes you want to practice them in all keys (all 12) . So that’s 5 x12 = 60 possible shapes. Then practice them with lots of different techniques i.e. double stops like in one of my bogs. Hope that helps

  2. Jim

    April 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Excellent site
    Please don’t take offense
    I have been the owner of a guitar for over 50 years (No I didn’t say I have been playing for that long) I would be able to play a lot better if I had practiced!!

    • jsmusicschool

      April 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Glad you enjoy the site Jim


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