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Comment by Terry Angelli on April 1, 2011 at 7:18am

Well lookie here there ARE folks on this group! ;-)

Thanks to all who posted about my not having a strong background in theory, etc.. I've since further researched this and see that I do need those skills but that it is not a prerequisite for taking on students. So I'm going to seek out theory info both on the web and possibly and instructor for myself. Can anyone suggest a good website for learning theory?

I've also taken on a student that I'm going to instruct for free to test the waters. This will give me further insight to be able to take the next step in seeking paying students

Now what about advertising?  Any suggestions for the best approach to this? Anyone have success with Yellow pages, Craig's List, etc.?

Comment by John Gundrum on April 1, 2011 at 6:13am
Still breathing here!!!  I pop in here and there in between many other things happening.  Like right now, gotta get back to making some sheets!
Comment by Joseph Anthony Zarola on March 31, 2011 at 9:26pm
You don't need degrees, You need to communicate with practical knowledge.  Most guitar students I have, aren't interested in theory or reading skills, they want to play. Play for them, get them motivated, and give them individual attention right from the start. Position, relaxation, and please have FUN! Laugh with them, and make the experience a happy one.
Comment by Joseph Anthony Zarola on March 31, 2011 at 9:22pm
Hello. I am alive also....just watching and enjoying...I think we are all so busy with additional hours and costs this year, that we don't get the down- time we used to have for an enjoyable evening chat. Thanks for the wake-up call!
Comment by Andy Tulenko on March 31, 2011 at 9:07pm


No, we are not dead.  Just busy.  Sorry I did not get back to you on your post. It's hard work to get and keep students, and I'm struggling to do it.  Everyday is a new adventure.

Nothing wrong with teaching with your credentials.  Just be sure and let your students know what kind of lessons you will be giving.


I don't have any music degrees either, but I know theory and have the know how to pass on my knowledge and skills.  So, go for it.  You should invest the time to learn some theory.  You will be surprised at how easy it comes to you since you have been playing so long.



Congrats!  I know the feeling.  I love teaching. It fills that need that we each have to do something that makes a difference.

Comment by Terry Angelli on March 31, 2011 at 5:04pm


Congrats on your 25th year! That's great. It appears that this group, despite 161 members, is dead in the water.

I posted a "hello" and asked a question (post right below this) over two weeks ago and got ZERO response. So either the 161 arent interested OR none want to deal with a guy who has no formal training? Who knows?

Anyway hope you have another 25 successful years teaching!

Comment by Loren Neufeld on March 30, 2011 at 4:10pm
Hey y'all! Celebrating my 25th year of teaching guitar, bass and mandolin! I still love the teaching/interacting with all the students. Never a dull moment. I'm in Manitoba, Canada. Have some good fingerstyle players this year. I teach privately but closely networking with a local music store.
Comment by Terry Angelli on March 10, 2011 at 7:27pm


Just wanted to introduce myself and I hope to gather some good informtion from this group. I am 60 years young, have been playing for 40+ years and looking at retirement.


Currently I am an instructor at a trade school so I have the instructional how to down and have been considering teaching guitar as I wind down my career.


However I wonder how marketable my playing / teaching skills are because I have zero theory and reading skills. But that never stopped me from playing and learning and I think I could appeal to someone like myself who just wants to learn chords to be able to strum some songs.


Any feedback would be welcome!


Comment by Joseph Anthony Zarola on March 1, 2011 at 8:46pm
Hello David, I wish you the very best in your endeavours, especially with the un-selfish journey into child-needs.   If there is any way I can be of assistance, let me know.  A rudimentary love for music is a prerequsite for a successful experience with these children...they respond to movement, and happiness....may your efforts reward both them, and you. Cheers!
Comment by David foden on March 1, 2011 at 4:49pm

Hi to all

I’m Teaching Music at a college for kids with special needs but looking to make a transition into independent guitar teaching over the next year. Working on a range of progressive playing resources for beginners and a structured for base lining skills, recognizing achievements and using learning to play the guitar to help children address communication and soft skills needs. Hope to be able to share my ideas and resources with you and welcome ay coments when I do.

Thanks David

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