What age can my child start guitar lessons?
Children can start guitar lessons as young as five years old. Children younger than five might have a hard time keeping their fingers down on the strings to play the guitar. Younger children also might not be able to concentrate during a 30 minute lesson.
What kind of a guitar do we need? What equipment?
If you are interested in learning standard guitar, (notes, chords, songs) an acoustic or electric guitar is needed. An electric guitar can be used with an amplifier since it is not loud on its own. There are many starter electric guitars available that come with small amplifiers that work great. Acoustic guitars do not need amplifiers. It is all a matter of preference. Some students play acoustic and electric guitars. If a student is interested in learning classical guitar, they will need to purchase a nylon string acoustic guitar.
Are there inexpensive student guitars you'd recommend?
Two inexpensive student guitars I recommend are Fender Squire electric guitars and Yamaha and Fender acoustic guitars. Any guitar under $150 is a good starter option. You do not want to spend hundreds of dollars on a guitar before confirming the student’s interest.
What's the best way to practice?
It is good to play through the whole song you are working on, but it is also very important to focus on the hard sections of the song. By focusing on the difficult spots in small sections and repeating them multiple times, you will improve these spots faster than just stumbling through them over and over when playing through the song.
I'm an adult - how long will it take me to learn to play?
It all depends on how much time you have to practice. If you can practice everyday for at least a half hour you will learn at a good pace. Everyone is different and will learn at a different pace. Hard work and determination are the greatest factors in your success.