How long should your lesson be?
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How long should your lesson be?
Posted by Ian Mayes - Tagged
It’s a question most people ask when they first email about guitar lessons, but the answer tends different for everyone.
If you are a parent and you child is under 12 years old. I would almost certainly suggest starting with half an hour. I find anything over half an hour can be a bit much. If you find your child wants to put the time up, then that’s always a step up for a student. Going down from an hour to half an hour can seem more like a step in the wrong direction. For young beginners, getting them to do their homework can be battle too, many of my eleven year old seem extremely busy people with their hectic lifestyles! (Or so they would have me believe). So to keep a healthy balance between practice and playing x-box, I always suggest starting of with 10 – 15 minutes a day of the tasks set each week.
For young beginners, getting them to do their homework can be a balance, many of my eleven year olds seem extremely busy people with their hectic lifestyles! (Or so they would have me believe). So to keep a healthy balance between practice and playing x-box, I always suggest starting of with 10 – 15 minutes a day of the tasks set each week.
If your child has been playing for a while or is a bit older, perhaps an hour is a good choice. The benefits of an hour over half an hour is we get through more things and can spend more time checking over what we have done in previous weeks. With half an hour things can seem a little rushed, especially if you are moving a bit quicker. An hour is probably more preferable for older teenagers and more experienced players.
For adults I would almost always recommend an hour a week. The only thing I think that comes against this is cost and time. An hour gives us more time to sit and listen to music and have a chat about what you want to do, this is useful as adults tend to be more independent learners. If cost or time are an issue then I suggest half an hour a week over an hour fortnightly. This is because the consistency of weekly is far more effiecent, and any mistakes made in practice can be rectified quicker.
It takes quite a long time to learn the guitar. If you are having lessons, whether an hour or half an hour a week, make sure to get a good practice plan in place. Be patient, read and watch from lots of sources, and listen to lots of music! Before you know it you will be playing guitar and having fun.
I am a guitar teacher based in Chichester, West Sussex. I offer guitar lessons to all ages and abilities.
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