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Getting new students? 3 Replies

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Comment by Jeffrey Thomas on April 30, 2016 at 10:21pm

Hey Leanne and viewers!  I am teaching live private guitar, bass and ukulele lessons on Skype.  

Please visit to schedule your free lesson:

Thanks! Jeff

Comment by John Buckle on September 29, 2014 at 8:38am

I just got emailed by Glen Wolfgang who is a new member with a link to getting new students. Turned out to be a link to a survey when I clicked it. I hope this guy has now introduced a virus.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 3, 2014 at 6:56pm

Thanks. The Justinguitar Beginner's Course (w/2 CDs) looks like what she is interested in. I'll try to get her to buy the video also. For now this is the best I can do for her.


Comment by Deidre McCalla on February 3, 2014 at 6:01pm

i think the best site out there for self-learners is have her take a look at justin's beginners course. every lesson on his site is free and he is really good at explaining things. it's online instruction but i wouldn't describe it as a class. there is so much available via youtube for someone who just wants to get playing. i first learned from a book. sure wish i had had the internet!

Comment by Andy Tulenko on February 2, 2014 at 5:57pm

If she won't take lessons from a regular Teacher, then have her take lessons from her computer.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 2, 2014 at 11:57am

I would like some advice. I know someone who wants to learn to play guitar. She played piano when she was a teenager. Typical of beginners, she doesn't know what she wants to play (claccial, blues, rock, folk, etc.) but she listens to a lot of pop music. She is in her mid-60s and has a guitar. I have not yet had a chance to check her guitar out to ensure it is something she will have a good experience with.

I highy reccommended she take lessons but she is not open to that. She is a school teacher and I think part of the problem is her time management.

She is asking what book she can buy to learn from. No, she doesn't want to do on-line classes. I'm not sure what book woud be good for someone like her. Do you have a recommendation? I would like to see her get something with an accompanying CD or DVD (so she can hear what it's supposed to sound like). Very difficult to take the place of a teacher, but I'm hoping she will like the guitar and see that to pursue this will require a good teacher... she will see the light!

Any ideas?

Thanks much,


Comment by nacho montero prince on September 20, 2012 at 11:14am


I hope to put the question in the right place

I´m looking for the name of the first song that sound in this video

And tablature if it could be

Much light!!

Comment by Andy Tulenko on September 3, 2012 at 6:40pm

Haven't been on here in a while.  Pretty busy with all the things going on.

  I have Guliani's studies and I use them also for my students, but I like to start them off with some music. The faster we get to playing some songs, the happier they will be with their instrument.  Ode to Joy is always right up front with a short lesson on reading TAB.  It get them going and it is an easy piece to play. 

 I use Hal Leonard's Complete book (has all 3 in one volume). It's not my perfect ideal, but it cover quite a bit and I use it to intro new concepts and techniques.

 I watched the Etudes you put on YT and those are really nice.  I'm not a classical player but I can see the value of them.  They might be a bit over the head for most up front however.  I have written a few very simple etudes of my own to help introduce new techniques to my students.  Mostly for drilling to get the fingers working the way they want them to.

  I'm rambling a bit here, but I wanted to get this out before I forgot it all. LOL  Back to practice! :D

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on September 3, 2012 at 12:22pm

I noticed that. I signed up with the sole teacher in my area who plays in a band and teaches "guitar" - jazz, country, classical, blues, R&R, all genres. I took classical lessons from him for six months before I quit for a couple of reasons. The biggest reason was he had me doing Guiliani's 120 Studies for the Right Hand - and nothing else. Six months, and almost $400, of this was too much.

Each lesson I was assigned one or two of these, went home to practice, and I showed up next week to prove in 30 minutes that I could do it and we would move on to the next one or two. I've mentioned it here before, but I was taking lessons from him for about a month when I could not play without severe cramping of my left hand and wrist. When I told him I could not play because of the pain, and asked for advice, he said, "Well, most classical guitarists rest the guitar on their left knee - not on the right as you have been doing." Why the %$#@ didn't he tell me this earlier?

To say I was bored would be a gross undersatement! I wanted to play! I've been playing guitar for over 45 years (R&R, blues, folok) and I've been playing three-finger banjo (bluegrass and classical) for 30. I have a fairly well developed right hand, and timing, but of course I had to learn to add the "A" finger. I really wish he would have helped me work through some miniatures, as you call them, such as yours.

After I quit I bought the book (comes with a CD) of Fifty Easy Classical Guitar Solos. I have had a great time adding my own intros and endings to these little pieces. I learned a dozen or so of them but have not had much time to devote to anything lately. One thing I am proud of is I arranged a version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on my own. I'm very happy with it and consider it as good, or better, than any other version I've ever heard.

Thanks, again, for posting these. Your music is pleasantly varied and I saw right away that the right hand gets a work-out. Do you include advice on hand position, how to avoid "flying fingers," and other instructions to help the student obtain that flow you mentioned? Do you have them on a CD (I find that it helps if the student has an idea of what the piece is supposed to sound like)?

Much more interesting and satisfying than the 120 Studies (which I completed on my own, by the way). I heartily recommend that teachers, such as my former teacher, consider augmenting right hand mechanics with actually playing something!

Thanks again,


Comment by Clive Davies on September 3, 2012 at 9:25am

Thank you for viewing the videos Michael,

As a teacher I'm sure that you have encountered many guitarists with poor right hand technique.

I writing these pieces I used interesting and diverse styles of music, where the role of the left hand is simplified by use of similar chords and patterns.

This gives the guitarist an opportunity to focus on his right hand and, assisted by patterns and repitition, allows it to loosen up - letting the music  f  l  o  w  !  

Clive Davies



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