Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions below...
FAQ 1: What styles of guitar playing do you teach?
I specialise in teaching rock-based styles of music. This covers an extremely wide range of music that includes…

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Blues
  • Blues-Rock
  • Classic rock
  • Hard-Rock
  • Metal
FAQ 2: Are there any styles of guitar playing that you don't teach?
Yes. To offer the highest possible quality of tuition, I specialise in teaching rock-based styles of guitar playing. This means that I don’t teach styles such as…

  • Acoustic/Classical
  • Folk
  • Funk
  • Jazz/Fusion
  • Country
  • Finger-style
FAQ 3: What levels do you teach?
I specialise in teaching guitarists who are at a beginner to intermediate level of playing.

Although I’ve taught some very advanced players over the years, my preference is to work with guitarists who are beginner to intermediate level players. (Side Note: If you’re an advanced level player, you’ll be better off approaching a virtuoso-level player that you admire and asking if they do private lessons).

FAQ 4 : What ages do you teach?
I specialise in teaching guitarists who are at least 18 years old. I enjoy teaching adults the
most, and find them very rewarding to teach. They usually understand that hard work is
necessary, and for the most part are good at turning up to lessons on time! 🙂
FAQ 5: Why don't you teach all styles, all levels, and all ages?
One of the worst things a guitar teacher can do is to try and teach all styles, all levels and all ages. Why? Because it’s simply not possible. Any guitar teacher making that claim in their advertising would need to be both a musical and teaching genius to do it effectively. I consider myself to be a good guitarist and very skilled teacher…but I sure ain’t a genius! 🙂

Rather than trying to do an OK job of teaching anyone and everyone, I  prefer to do a great job of teaching a much narrower range of students.

FAQ 6: Where will the guitar lessons be held?
All the lessons will be at my home guitar teaching studio in Western Springs.

Live Far Away? Don’t Let That Be An Excuse…

I currently have some students who drive over an hour each way to get to me. The reason why they do this is because they understand the following…

  • Choosing a guitar tutor based purely on location is not a good idea. These students are willing to travel further because it means they are able to get lessons from someone who can help them achieve their musical goals. What good is it to go to a teacher who is close by if they can’t effectively help you reach your goals?
  • They realise that a good tutor will shave years off their learning curve. Think about it. Would you rather save an hour each week in traveling time, or would you rather save yourself years by going to the best teacher possible?
FAQ 7: What is your availability?

I am currently offering lesson time slots on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays, between the hours of 10:00am and 10:00pm.

FAQ 8: What are your tuition fees?

I have four different pricing options that range from $49.50 to $70.00 a week.

If you’re interested in lessons, please email me for a detailed pricing handout.

FAQ 9: How will you keep track of my progress?
Great question. 🙂

I need to say here that I will take the responsibility of teaching you very seriously. If you’re paying me money to help you to improve your guitar playing, then it’s critical that I keep track of your progress. That way I can ensure that you actually get what you’re paying for!

So how will I keep track of your progress?

Well, the specifics will depend on your current level of playing and your musical goals. But here are some of the strategies that I use…

I’ll get you to fill out a comprehensive Student Registration Survey before our first session together.

This survey will allow me to find out things like…

  • Your past musical experience.
  • Your short-term and long-term musical goals.
  • The specific things that you’re wanting to improve in your playing.
  • What frustrations you’re currently having with learning the guitar.
  • What bands you like listening to.
  • Your favourite guitarists and musicians

This survey is incredibly important to the process of measuring your progress. This is because it allows me to find out your goals. (Without knowing your goals it would be impossible to track your progress).

I’ll give you a free 30-minute goals and assessment session.

In this goals and assessment session we’ll be able to meet face-to-face and do the following…

  • Talk about what you filled out in the Student Registration Survey.
  • Clarify your goals and what you want to get out of guitar lessons.
  • Find out your current strengths and weaknesses as a player. You can also demonstrate to me some of the frustrations that you might be having.

I’ll keep detailed notes in your student file.

After each lesson we have together, I’ll write notes in your student file. This allows me to keep a record of what we did, helps me with planning future lessons, and also allows me to keep track of what goals you’ve achieved.

I’ll teach you strategies on how to track your own progress.

This includes things like keeping track of metronome speeds, recording your practice sessions, and keeping a guitar practice journal.

I’ll get you to write down what you practice each week.

This is very important because it helps me to give you feedback on your practice. It also allows me to get a clearer idea of how effective your practicing has been.

I’ll give you opportunities to record yourself.

This will allow you to hear how your playing has improved over time.

I’ll use my memory and attention to detail.

I have an extremely good memory and attention to detail. This means that I will be able to notice the improvements that you’ve made since the last lesson. If I don’t notice any improvement, then I know that I need to dig deeper to find out what’s caused the lack of progress.

FAQ 10: I don't want to play professionally. Can you still help me?
Absolutely. While I do have some students who are pursuing a professional career in music, most of the guitarists who start lessons with me are playing guitar for a hobby. And I think that’s great, because learning a musical instrument is an incredibly fun, challenging and rewarding hobby!

If you’re doing guitar as a hobby, it’s important that I mention that I still expect you to take the lessons seriously. This means that you’ll need to be willing and able to…

  • Attend the vast majority of our scheduled lessons.
  • Commit to a regular time slot.
  • Do the minimum amount of practice that I expect. (3.75 hours a week).

It’s also really important to be realistic in your expectations about your progress. While you’ll certainly progress on the minimum amount of practice that I recommend, you definitely won’t progress as quickly as someone who practices a lot more. (A few of my current students are practicing at least four hours a day).

In other words, the harder you work, the faster you’ll progress. But, you already knew that right? 🙂

FAQ 11: Do you provide guitar lesson handouts?
Over the years I’ve created a huge number of handouts that I use for my professional guitar tutoring. Although this takes a lot of time and effort , I feel it is part of the reason that I am able to teach people successfully. But how do these handouts help you?

I think it’s important to provide you with handouts for two main reasons…

Reason 1: They save you time and money.

By using handouts I don’t have to waste a lot of valuable teaching time during your lesson writing things out. And this means you’ll gain more value from each lesson. Which means ultimately, you get more value for money from each lesson.

Reason 2: They help you learn better.

Because you don’t have to write notes during the lesson, you are able to concentrate fully on what I’m saying. And this will mean that you’ll remember what I say better. They also help you learn better because you can use the handouts to refresh your memory when you are practicing at home.

FAQ 12: Do I have to read music?
I think that learning to read music notation is an awesome skill to develop. And to be honest, I can’t remember a time in my life when I couldn’t read music. I was lucky enough to learn how to read music when I was young. And this skill has stuck with me.

But do you know what?

I’m not going to force you to read music!

Why? Here are a few reasons…

  • There are plenty of incredible guitar players who don’t read music.
  • Your musical goals may not need this skill.
  • If you have very limited time for practice (like most adults), I feel that it may be best to focus on developing your technique and sense of pitch.
  • You may not want to learn how. If you have no desire to learn how to read music, then I would be an idiot for trying to force you!

So I guess, I can summarise the above by saying…

  1. If you have a strong desire to learn how to read music, then I can definitely help you.
  2. If you have no desire to learn how to read music, then that is perfectly fine with me.
FAQ 13: Am I too old to learn guitar?
In my opinion, the four main reasons why a lot of adults are unsuccessful with learning guitar are these…

  1. They fail to get regular help and high-quality feedback from a much more advanced player.
  2. They don’t know how or what to practice.
  3. They don’t make time for regular guitar practice. (i.e. At least five practice sessions per week).
  4. They don’t persist for long enough. (Although learning the guitar is incredibly fun and rewarding, it still requires consistent work over the long-term).

Notice that none of these reasons are age-related?

Over the years, I’ve taught many adults to play guitar well. So if you’re willing to attend your lessons like clockwork, put in the practice time, and be persistent, then I can definitely help you. But if you’re the sort of person who’s all about instant gratification, then learning the guitar won’t be the best choice for a hobby. 🙂

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“Craig is one of the best teachers I have come across. I had been playing for over twenty years when I went to Craig. I was very frustrated with the lack of improvement and the lack of direction as well as that feeling of having plateaued.

With Craig, I experienced the greatest amount of improvement in the shortest time ever. Following his curriculum gave me the grounds to rebuild my guitar playing techniques to achieve the freedom to take on some monster solos, to insights into what makes a guitar player a real musician and everything in between. Craig’s delivery is very friendly and casual but you are never spoon fed. Every session was inspirational and left me in a state where I couldn’t wait to take on the exercises.

I highly recommend Craig for guitarists of all abilities as he will not only challenge you to become a better guitar player but he will also find and grow that musician inside of you”.

Aymen Naim

“I had been playing guitar for a few years, but found myself continually frustrated by glacial progress and semi-interested teachers repeating the same mantra: “Just keep practicing.”

Craig has been coaching me for nearly 2 years now, and the improvements made to my playing have been amazing. I feel that I’m well on my way to becoming the guitarist I’ve always wanted to be.

Craig’s lessons differ from others, as he actively works with you to help you achieve your goals. The lesson structure is flexible, and everything is explained in a clear and friendly manner. Whatever your goals as a guitarist are, Craig will help you develop the tools and knowledge to achieve them… his lessons cannot be recommended highly enough!”.

Liam Conway

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