The majority of guitar teachers use general guitar learning books or methods to try to teach their students. Unless you only teach beginning guitar students, you are going to face these major problems in your guitar teaching:

1. Your students won’t make a lot of progress on guitar and the progress they do make... will be very slow at best. General guitar teaching books and courses were made only to teach musical concepts, they were not made to help your students make progress to achieve their unique guitar playing goals.

2. Your students will lose all their motivation to get better as soon as they see that what you are teaching them has nothing to do with what they actually want to achieve with guitar.

3. When faced with the problems of points 1 and 2 above, you will not be able to stop guitar students from quitting.

4. You will have a tough time finding and attracting new guitar students because you have nothing unique to offer that any other local guitar teacher is already offering. This gives potential students no good reason to select you over anybody else.

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This will all cause great complications for your ability to make good money from teaching guitar.

To contrast all of this, here is how successful guitar teachers teach hundreds of students (and avoid all of the problems I just mentioned):

Step 1: Use a stronger mindset. Focus on getting your students to achieve their musical goals as best as you can, rather than just teaching them tons of mindless information. This will help them get much better results. Keep in mind that it is not your job to merely “teach guitar”...  it is your job to solve any guitar playing problems that are brought to you, and eliminate any frustration on the part of your students. This is the key to taking your students’ skills to a much higher level.

Step 2: Learn how to spot the subtle and not-so-subtle errors in your student’s playing that hold them back from achieving what they want on guitar. Once you can do this, put together strategy that will help that student achieve his or her unique goals. Learn how this is done with the best guitar teacher coaching.

Step 3: Create guitar lesson materials that will get your students to achieve their musical goals as effectively as possible. These types of materials can also be re-used for other students who need to learn similar skills (I discuss more on this concept below).

Step 4: Start teaching classes that help students achieve a very specific goal (within the bigger picture of another larger goal). For example, a class on improvising for students who want to become better lead guitarists. Then get students to join the right classes for their specific needs.

Common question: “Isn’t this all going to be a ton of work?” “Do I need to use a lot of my spare time making custom lessons for all the students in my teaching schedule?”

Answer: No in both cases. Don’t confuse guitar teaching materials with guitar teaching strategy. You can utilize the same materials with all students who need to learn a similar skill, but the STRATEGY (meaning: the order and combination of materials used) must be entirely different for each individual.

While teaching group classes, you are in a situation where you are teaching many students who want to improve the same skills. You can easily get results for everyone in the class, even if they all are at different playing levels. I know this is a fact, because I’ve taught countless of guitar teachers how to do this effectively.

When your students join more than one class, they learn how to become a better guitarist faster, and you teach less hours overall. Using this method, you will teach substantially less hours in one week than any guitar teacher who only teaches 1 on 1 lessons.

When you use these guitar teaching strategies in your teaching business, your business will quickly grow in these ways:

1. You will now be able to keep your guitar students for extensive periods of time since you have solved the problems that usually cause students to leave lessons. Check out this free eGuide to learn more about how to stop guitar students from quitting.

2. Your new guitar teaching system will help your students reach their goals more effectively, and they will become awesome players MUCH faster.

3. You will take on a glowing reputation as the best guitar teacher around because all your students quickly reach their musical goals.

4. Your newfound reputation as a great guitar teacher will help you attract tons of new students.

5. You will make a great living teaching guitar and have hundreds of students, since you provide the greatest results.

Download this free guide to learn how to stop guitar students from quitting.



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About The Author:
Tom Hess is a professional electric guitar teacher and composer. He also mentors guitar teachers from around the world in his guitar teacher training program. Visit to get free guitar teaching tips and read more guitar teacher articles.