I'm considering retiring and looking into giving guitar lessons to generate some supplemental income. Never done that before other than helping friends, who already know how to play, with things they are having trouble with. I am a self-taught guitarist with tons of scholastic theory and harmony training.
I'm not sure I would know where to start with a beginner seeing as how I have't been one since 1967. Even then I was very driven to learn to play and almost never put the thing down. Most people aren't going to be that enthusiastic about it.
Post by rickyguitar on Apr 26, 2020 6:05:12 GMT -5
I have, but not recently. First are you thinking if giving group or individual lessons? If group age and musical interest are factors as well as level of achievement. Prolly best to start them off with a beginner book and work into songs. Songs they like make them want to learn them. You can have them bring in songs they like and you learn them and show them. It can be fun or drudgery.
I'm thinking individual lessons. I'm so out of the current music realm that there's a good chance I wouldn't know the song or artist if someone wanted to learn one of their songs. I guess that's what YouTube is for.
The previous 2 guitarists in my band were both pro guitar teachers, i.e. it was their main source of income.
I was also vaguely thinking about doing some teaching when I retire, as I taught a couple of my mates to play from scratch back in the '70's/ '80's.
However, they soon put me straight. Over here you need a Criminal Records check, same as any other teacher, and you pretty much need a recognised guitar based qualification, a formal syllabus, a timetable and a system for monitoring pupils' progress. I was gobsmacked, but they pointed out that you're likely to be going into rich folks homes, and charging £50 an hour to teach the spoilt brats how to play their latest favourite songs. No "jamming" with the kids. The rich parents want to see *results*.
I did it quite regularly - at least a few hours every Saturday morning - in my early to mid 20s. Then I moved to another part of the country and never picked it up fully again, just the odd pupil now and then. I've been offered a regular gig in music stores more recently but, as Ayns says, it's literally "by the book" so I said no. I always liked to tailor lessons to what individuals needed.