To Reach Your Goals, You Need: Music Fundamentals + Clear Structure + Accountability
There are great videos, books, and websites for guitarists of all levels, but none of them can address your specific needs and goals better than a good guitar teacher. There’s just too much information available for most folks to sort through on their own, and even the expensive guitar programs have lots of flaws.
A Good Guitar Teacher Will Help You:
- Reach your goals fast by prioritizing lesson material and creating a plan just for you
- Prevent bad habits (and possible injury) by giving you regular feedback on your playing
- Gain a solid understanding of the material because difficult concepts are clarified until you understand them
- Feel confident and accomplished by holding you accountable and checking your work
- Have fun because the concepts you learn are applied to the music you want to play
The Best Combo = A Good Teacher + A Method Book Designed for Lessons
I wrote The Guitar Lesson Companion method book series because I knew that people learned best by studying with a teacher, and we all needed a new method book series. I talked with many teachers all over the country to find out what would help them and their students have more effective lessons.
Guitar teachers told me that other method books had serious flaws:
- Not enough exercises
- The exercises don’t sound musical
- The books are not progressive enough
And I listened to what guitar teachers wanted in a method book:
- A flexible structure that didn’t tell them how to teach
- All the important concepts (reading, scales, theory, chords)
- Spiral binding (Yep, staying open on the music stand is important!)
I used my 10+ years of guitar teaching experience, I took the advice of other teachers, and I created a better method book. I have used this series with my guitar students at Seattle University since 2006 and many of my current and former students are performing professionally. The books are also used by teachers and students in over 10 countries, including faculty at Berklee College of Music.
Then, Something Interesting Happened…
Soon after my outreach campaign began, I started receiving messages from students who had seen the book but who couldn’t find teachers who would teach them the fundamentals of music found in “The Guitar Lesson Companion.” (A lot of guitar teachers just teach songs, not practical concepts in a structured format.) So I started a YouTube channel with lessons to cover all the concepts in the books.
The Best Online Guitar Program, Teacher Included:
It was great to be able to help guitarists all over the world work through the books by offering free lesson videos, but I knew that wasn’t enough. For the past 4 years, I’ve been teaching students online (via Skype and FaceTime) to help them work through “The Guitar Lesson Companion” method books, and reach their goals. I love being able to offer lessons to folks who need structure and accountability while learning the fundamentals of music on the guitar, no matter where they live.
Grover: Initially, I wasn’t sure how webcam lessons would work for me, but after doing it for almost a year with Susan, my guitar playing skills have grown exponentially. I look forward to every lesson as it’s another opportunity for me to grow. Susan has been tremendous in providing me a plan to grow every week and I’m eternally grateful for her.
What’s Your Goal?
Whether you need a lot of structure (weekly lessons) or just a check in from time to time as you work through the books on your own, order your copy of The Guitar Lesson Companion Method Book series and get started today!
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Susan Palmer teaches jazz, blues, and rock guitar styles in Seattle and via webcam. Since 2006, she has been the guitar instructor at Seattle University and in 2010 she created and started teaching The Rock Project at Cornish College of the Arts. Palmer wrote The Guitar Lesson Companion Method Book Series which is used by teachers and students in over 10 countries, including faculty at Berklee College of Music. Her extensive collection of lesson videos and jam tracks are available for free on YouTube and she also teaches private lessons online via webcam to students all over the world. Palmer’s current and former students perform at these Seattle venues: The Comet, The High Dive, Skylark, Neumos, The Hard Rock Cafe, Chop Suey, The Tractor Tavern, The Rendezvous, The Sorrento Hotel, The Crocodile, The Mix, Cafe Racer, The Edgewater Hotel, The Sunset, and other private events.
Fellow Guitar Teachers: Set up a webcam meeting with me to learn more about the college level guitar method book series that will make your job easier, more effective, and more fun. View the Teacher Page to get started.