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Finding a Teacher for You

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Guitarist and educator Chuck Anderson offers some advice to find a teacher that will help you develop your own unique musical personality.

As many of you know, the jazz guitar style is a difficult style to pursue without help. This help usually comes from a well-qualified teacher who can guide you through the intricacies of the instrument and the style.

The internet does not provide the customization that each player needs to advance his or her skills. A customized program needs to be created for each individual considering their knowledge, skills, and learning style. This type of study is more of a long-term process than a short-term “fix”.

If a teacher is also a player, it’s important that you don’t base your educational decision on how you like the teacher’s performance style. What does matter is that the teacher can help you develop your own unique music personality.

Your goal should not be to become a clone of the teacher but to become your best musical self.

Certainly, when considering a teacher, do your research. Check out his or her website. Get as much information as you can. It’s important to have an in-depth discussion in person, online, or even on the phone. Ask your questions and see how these questions are answered.

Ask about the approach that will be used. Talk about your own background and your goals and aspirations.

From there, schedule a first lesson. You should be able to tell almost immediately if this is a good direction for you. Good luck!


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