Mythbusting 3 AND 4: One on One Lessons are best AND… You’ll make slower progress in a group

There are many myths about having music lessons and I’m here to bust ’em!

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  1. One on One Lessons are best AND…
  2. You’ll make slower progress in a group

I’ve put these two together because they are two sides of the same coin. Together, they hold some very common and potentially damaging misconceptions about learning an instrument. It is often wrongly assumed that 1 on 1 lessons are the “best” way to learn an instrument and that group lessons are somehow a “watered down” version of this. This is not the case for a number of reasons. It should be understood that 1 on 1 lessons are indeed a very good method of learning but this does not mean they are better and that group lessons have many benefits that private lessons just cannot replicate.

Private 1 on 1 lessons can be very useful if you have very specific musical requirements: perhaps there is a particular technique, style, piece of music or item of theory that you need some extra guidance on. However, group lessons are an extremely powerful tool to learn guitar because music is very much like a language in that it is also a method of communication between human beings. If you are learning a language, the best way to learn is by total immersion in that language and culture. By visiting that country and speaking to as many different people as possible you will learn on a deeper level and far more quickly. Similarly, if you are learning an instrument, it is within your best interest to play with as many different musicians, both at your own or differing levels, as possible. If you are lucky enough to begin your musical journey in a group, you will never feel daunted by playing with others. Your appreciation of rhythm will be learnt on a deeper level. You are also likely to learn a lot from your peers who will ask questions that you might not have considered and you will also feel empowered by a community of like-minded people. You will also learn how players of differing levels can communicate musically and that this is a very useful skill to master.

These are just some of the reasons why students thrive at music schools which they choose to attend rather than spending years taking only private lessons. It is also an important feature to look out for when choosing an instrumental teacher: if they do not offer group classes perhaps they do not have the confidence or knowledge to conduct them. Click here to find out what my own students have to say about the group lessons they have taken. It is also worth noting that many studies have been undertaken which support the huge benefits of group learning in all subjects and that many of these studies can be found online using search engines.

To find out which lessons are right for you, come for a free half hour Introductory Session and how my teaching methods can help you learn guitar.


Telemaster Guitar

Telemaster Guitar

Exceptional Guitar Lessons in Portobello Road, Notting Hill, West London.

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Learning guitar can be tough, but with Notting Hill Guitar School it just feels easier.
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