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The most important skill you can ever teach guitar students is how to practice guitar correctly and consistently.
Fact is, your students do NOT become better guitarists during the lessons they have with you.
Their progress is determined by what they do or don’t do at home in between your lessons. Until you teach guitar students to practice guitar on their own, they'll make slow progress.
This drives many students to quit lessons and reflects very poorly on your guitar teaching.
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Now, it's time to learn the key steps for mastering this area of guitar teaching.
Here are 5 guitar teaching tips to help you teach guitar students to practice guitar consistently & effectively:
Guitar Teaching Tip #1: Deeply Understand Your Guitar Students
Those who have mastered guitar teaching know that they don’t teach guitar/music - they teach people.
Effective guitar teaching involves taking a genuine interest in your guitar students, their mindset, their desires, their musical goals and the reasons behind those goals. All students become inspired differently and have different reasons for wanting to play guitar. Uncovering these reasons helps you tailor your lessons to guitar students in the best way possible.
This is critical when you want to teach guitar students to practice & feel motivated to do so.
When your guitar students see that you understand them and believe that you are sincerely interested in seeing them succeed, they will like and trust you a lot more and will be much more willing to do what you say. This is the foundation of your ability to teach guitar students to practice on their own.
This influence will be even stronger when your guitar students see a connection between their efforts to practice guitar and the results they get.
Guitar Teaching Tip #2: Teach Guitar Students To See Immediate Victories & Celebrate With Them
Teach guitar students to practice everything you show them. Guide your them through a mini practice session right in the lesson and get them to experience the right way to practice guitar in whatever way you just taught them.
When you teach guitar students to practice like this, it achieves two important things:
- Your guitar students achieve immediate results (and become a little bit better as players) right in the lesson. This will get them excited about your lessons and will inspire them to practice guitar at home.
- Your guitar students will experience what it means to practice guitar perfectly. When your students practice in front of you, you can correct their mistakes and maximize the chances of them practicing correctly at home.
Most teachers get this dead wrong and instead try to teach guitar students to practice by showing them new things every lesson.
Others (falsely) assume that simply telling their students to practice = effective guitar teaching.
This common guitar teaching flaw guarantees that most of your students will NOT practice correctly at home and won’t make much progress between lessons.
Worst of all, their lack of progress will make them want to practice guitar less and less in the future.
To learn how to solve this problem and teach guitar students to become better players in every lesson, read this article about teach guitar students to practice.
Guitar Teaching Tip #3: Create A Positive Snowball Effect
Don't just teach guitar students how to practice... build their confidence in their musical potential.
You do this by reinforcing the cause and effect relationship between practicing and better guitar playing. As you train your guitar students to practice correctly and experience small victories in every lesson, remind them that:
- They are getting better as guitarists as a direct result of practicing guitar.
- The things you tell them to practice (and the way you train them to practice through your guitar teaching expertise) is moving them towards their goals.
This positive reinforcement will get your students to trust you more and will greatly increase their motivation to practice guitar.
Guitar Teaching Tip #4: Inspire Friendly Competition Among Your Guitar Students
Your students will be a lot more motivated to practice guitar when they see your other students become better players alongside them.
Use this positive pressure to your advantage by establishing some healthy competition among your guitar students. Showcase your best students and explain (to your other guitar students) that they will also become great by doing the same things your top students did.
The best (and easiest) way to promote this friendly competition among all your students is to NOT teach guitar lessons in 1 on 1 format only. Incorporate some group lessons into your guitar teaching model to give your students extra motivation to practice guitar and help them become better guitarists much faster.
Learn how to teach guitar students to practice in groups in order to transform your guitar teaching effectiveness (and income) by watching this video about building your guitar teaching business.
Guitar Teaching Tip #5: Show Proof Of Results
Very often, your students won’t practice guitar enough because they don’t realize how much progress they’ve made from taking lessons with you. To solve this problem (and teach guitar students to practice on their own), track their progress in every area and periodically remind them of the progress they’ve made.
This will show them proof that when they practice guitar, they make progress - making them more motivated to practice guitar consistently.
As a (major) side benefit to your guitar teaching business, showing your guitar students proof of their musical progress will motivate them to remain your students much longer.
To learn the very best way to track musical progress when you teach guitar students to practice & improve, check out the Guitar Playing Accelerator.
As you apply these five tips to effectively teach guitar students to practice, you will see your students make more progress than they ever have before, helping build YOUR reputation as the expert guitar teacher in your local area.
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