Join Date: Dec 2005
Re: My 1st lesson... what to expect
Well, you might not even need to play the guitar the first lesson. My teacher spent the first lesson talking about the mental aspect of playing, etc..
He will probably critique your technique to some degree too. Then we moved on to basic scales (pentatonic scale and modes, the major scale and modes), chords (open chords, bar chords, etc) and some technique exercises (some Petrucci warm ups, for example, to build dexterity). My teacher doesn't believe in teaching songs. Rather, he believes in giving the toolset to learn songs on your own and be able to execute them efficiently, rather than laying it out on the table for you.
However, my teacher seems to be different from most. A lot teachers usually start you off with learning to sight read basic songs (a great skill, but not something I would enjoy learning the first lesson) or they teach a very simple chord strumming song.
It really all varies.