So you have now been playing guitar for let’s say 5 years, 10 years, 20 years. The time doesn’t really matter because we both know that if you could go back and talk to yourself as a beginner guitarist you would offer some very sound advice on how to avoid many of the the mistakes you have made along the way to guitar mastery. This is what often frustrates us as guitar teachers. We see students making the same silly mistakes we made. Perhaps it’s their technique or their impatience to learn new songs or the weak excuses they make about not having enough time to practice or just the lack of self discipline. We know that given our time over we could work a lot smarter and probably get to the same level we are now in half the time. I know I certainly could.
Same mistakes, different day.
Here is the thing. If you are starting out as a guitar teacher chances are you are repeating your mistakes all over again. You are likely trying to teach yourself how to be a successful teacher and small business operator believing you have all the answers when the truth is in 5 years you will look back to see all the time you wasted telling yourself “If only I knew then what I know now.” You can be forgiven the first time around because you didn’t know any better but now as a guitar teacher you are actually promoting the benefits of a coach/mentor. The problem is if you are not seeking out coaching for your teaching and business. You are not practicing what you preach.
If you want to save yourself a lot of time and get your teaching business right the first time get a coach. Seriously. Go and find a business coach right now before you do anything else. Don’t waste the next 5 years.
David J Hart.