Define Your Strengths and Weaknesses
In order to help you achieve your music related goals, our first step is to discover your strengths and weaknesses in the areas you want to succeed. To begin, select the topic you want to explore by clicking on its button below.
On the next page, you’ll see a short assessment about your guitar playing, music career and guitar teaching goals.
Answer the questions honestly and then enter your name and email.
I will then reply to you with my feedback about your answers.
My feedback (full of guitar playing tips, music career tips and guitar teaching tips) will help you to:
Get clear on where you are strong and where you are weak as it relates to your goals.
Understand what steps to take next to improve your guitar playing, grow your music career and build your guitar teaching business.
Feel certain that you can and will reach your goals when you do the right things, in the right order and in the right way.
"When I came to Tom for online guitar lessons, I already had a decent overall level of technique and understood the basics of music theory pretty well. I had taken lessons with other teachers before, and went through several guitar method books that promised to teach me how to become a great lead guitar player. I learned all the materials in these books and courses and picked up some useful tips and knowledge along the way. Yet for some reason I still wasn't feeling like a musician. I struggled very much with writing my own songs, creating my own solos and pushing my guitar technique and speed to a higher level (especially sweep picking, alternate picking, and playing clean at high speeds).
When I started learning from Tom, the main thing that made him different from other teachers was that he was showing me how to excel in all aspects of my guitar playing by applying the skills that I already knew together with the new material that I was learning from him.
He made me aware of both strengths and weaknesses in my playing that I did not even know I had. From there he gave me the knowledge, tools and guidance to literally transform my guitar playing by enabling me to overcome things that were preventing me from becoming a truly creative and self-expressive guitar player. These were the kinds of things that none of my previous guitar teachers and books I studied were able to do for me.
After Tom made me aware of all the things I was missing in my guitar playing and provided me with the strategy and tools for solving them, I began to make very fast progress in all areas of my guitar playing.
I can now write my own music and can create lead guitar solos that I am happy and fulfilled with. I also have the technical skills to confidently and easily play anything that I want to express. I have overcome all of the lead guitar challenges that I struggled with before, and increased my guitar speed to virtuoso levels. More importantly, I have the knowledge and understanding of how to continually improve my guitar playing and musical skills to higher and higher levels to continue expressing myself with my music. Overall, I have definitely transformed in a huge way as a musician and as a person through my lessons with Tom Hess. I am grateful to him for guiding me towards becoming the guitarist I always wanted to be!"
Mike Philippov, Indiana, USA
"I've done what's in the Music Careers Mentoring Program and made some great advances and hope to make many many more. I'm a full time musician, I'm part of a band called FireWolfe with another member of Tom's Music Careers Mentoring Program - Nick Layton. We put out an album and signed a record deal with a Japanese label, Rubicon Musicm, we've made many contacts, many steps in the industry where we are going to continue to move forward in other parts of the world."
That's been the biggest thing I've got from the Music Careers Mentoring Program: Being able to do something on a level where I've always wanted to do that, thought about that, above and beyond just trying to be a local guitar hero, trying to get things out to that next level, and continue to go to the next level from there.
The time and money that I've invested into the Music Careers Mentoring Program has definitely been worth it. I'm making my living as a full time musician, so anything I've invested I've gotten back and beyond. It has made it possible for me to have a schedule and a life that allows me to do what I want to do.
Paul Kleff, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
“When I first started teaching, I didn't know you could learn how to teach from anyone. But I did know that Tom Hess was a master teacher. I had been taking lessons from him already, and I'd been to several events before I stared teaching. I saw the proof of how Tom Hess could teach. I could tell that he knew what he was doing, and I learned from him because he had the proof. He had absolute proof that he knew what he was doing, he'd taught thousands of students, and the approach has been working for me so I knew it would work for other people.”
What convinced me that the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle was the right thing for me was because of proof. Tom Hess had proof, he had taught people, many people, thousands of people, how to play guitar properly. He had also taught other people to teach guitar before I started the program, and I could see the fruits from them. To me it was very simple. He knew what he was doing, and I wanted to learn from him because I wanted the same results.
Since my guitar teaching business started from zero, it has improved massively since I've started. I've built a six-figure Canadian business up to now, and it's just going to continue to grow. It has allowed me to replace my day job as well as my wife's day job, so it has totally transformed me and my life.
If you have a teaching business that is not making a lot of income, it is very wise for you to invest in the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle because that investment is going to give you the tools and give you the resources and access to a huge network of other teachers that can help you build your business much faster, with much less money required. Because of that, you will be able to multiply your investment very quickly.
Maurice Richard, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada