Frequently Asked Questions
Where Are You Located?
Six String Studios is conveniently located just off of Hwy 7, approximately 1/2 mile west of County 92- 9364 Glacier Rd Minnetrista
Do You Teach Complete Beginners?
Yes! I love teaching beginners. In fact, I specialize in helping beginner and repeat beginner guitar students achieve their dreams of learning to play the guitar in the shortest time possible.
Am I Too Old/Young to Learn the Guitar?
NO! You are never too old to learn to play the guitar and follow your musical dreams! As far kids are concerned it just depends. Kids are usually mature enough for guitar lessons by age 8.
How Long Does it Take to Learn the Guitar?
There are too many variables to give a definite answer as to the exact amount of time learning the guitar will take. Keep in mind that learning to play the guitar or any instrument for that matter is a life long journey, not a race. You must enjoy the process and not see it as a destination to be successful.
How Much Do Lessons Cost?
That depends on which lesson format we decide would be best for your situation. During the free consultation I offer, we will assess your current level, your musical goals, your situation, and decide which lesson format would be best for you.
Will I Learn to Play My Favorite Songs?
Yes! It is our favorite songs that drew us to the guitar and keep us motivated as guitar players. I use practical examples such as popular songs to help teach you core fundamentals that you need to have as a guitar player. A word of caution though- guitar lessons are not just about learning songs. Although we do learn songs, the focus of your lessons is on the techniques and skills you need to be able to play any song you want without being dependent on a teacher.
Can I Sit In On My Child's Lesson?
Yes! I encourage parents to sit in on their child's lesson. The more engaged the parents are, the better their child does.
Do I Need to Know How to Read Music?
No. In fact guitar players created a method of "communication" called tablature that is much easier to read than sheet music. Lessons will be taught using tablature. Again, don't worry, I'll show you how.
Do You Travel to Your Students' Homes
No. All my students come to my studio. I can provide my students with much higher quality lessons if they come to the studio where I have all of the equipment and teaching materials right at hand as well as minimal distractions
What Type of Guitar Should I Start With?
I teach students that are both acoustic and electric guitar players. If you are a beginner, I do suggest an electric as they are easier to play than an acoustic. If you do not have a guitar, I offer compete electric guitar rental packages. You still get the benefits of taking guitar lessons without the risk of purchasing expensive guitar equipment.
How Do I Know I Will Get Better?
I keep detailed notes for each lesson that you have with me, documenting things you did well, what you need to work on etc. At the end of each lesson you will be given a practice log to complete and bring with you to your next lesson so that we can review together how things went with your practice. I also have all of my students write down 3-5 goals that they want to accomplish and we periodically review those to be sure you are on track.
How Much Do I Need to Practice to Become Good?
As a beginner you should start with at least 15 minutes a day 3 days a week. As you advance and practicing becomes more of a habit and the concepts and techniques become more difficult, the time and frequency should increase. Don' worry, I will help you develop the appropriate practice schedule for you.
Will I Learn How to Write Songs?
Yes! You will learn how chord progressions work so you can write your own song and / or understand how your favorite songs where written.
Will I Learn How to Play Solos?
YES! And even make up your own!
I Have No Musical Skills. Can I Still Learn How to Play The Guitar?
Yes you can! As long as you believe in yourself and practice what and how I teach you, you will be able to play the guitar. – I guarantee it!