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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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Adult Music Education - Electric Guitar

These are just some thoughts that have been on my mind for awhile.
One reason an adult would not want to take guitar lessons is because the appearance of most teaching studios look like their main demographic is 5 - 10 year olds who are learning to play the piano. Adults might think they would be taught like 5 - 10 year olds which does not sound appealing especially because most adults who are interested in guitar lessons can already play the guitar. In my experience, adults want something new and different that inspires new musical ideas. I think this is extremely difficult to do in an environment that caters towards kids, and yet, I have not seen any Adult Guitar Studios that I can recall.

An Adult Guitar Studio would have guitars and amps most people can’t have at home. Learning would take place, but it would be more along the lines of applying what the adult student already knows, applying it to new/different equipment that creates both old sounds and new sounds, and finally introducing a new yet simple idea that they can take and incorporate into their own playing which in turn builds on what they know and creates a cycle of improvement and the development of new ideas in an appropriate and effective environment.

There are many reasons adults do not take guitar lessons and this idea is easier said than done. However, the value of learning through experience is significant and having someone (teacher) guiding the process helps too.

This may all sound weird but a “guitar haven” for where adult students can learn while feeling like adults is not something I hear mentioned when music education is discussed. Maybe it should be. Your thoughts?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 12:58 PM
 
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Re: Adult Music Education - Electric Guitar

For me it's mostly the time and money excuse... though I probably have spent more time and money on things to help me "be a better guitar player" than the lessons would have taken. I would go to an adult "guitar haven" if there were one around. One reason is that I don't really get out and socialize or know other musicians where I live.


I did lake some lessons a couple of years back, but $30 for a half hour one day a week was just a bit much for a spare bedroom guitar player. Really liked the guitar tech that was teaching me... seemed to understand exactly where I was and what I needed, really helped for a bit too.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-08-2019, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Adult Music Education - Electric Guitar

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Really liked the guitar tech that was teaching me... seemed to understand exactly where I was and what I needed, really helped for a bit too.
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“The Guitar Haven” would be a place of learning through immersion. If the electric guitar is the French language, then “The Guitar Haven” would be France. I have realized I play different music or music differently when change is introduced. I play things I’ve never played before. The feel of the instrument and/or the sound of the amp creates new musical ideas that seem to come from nowhere. “The Guitar Haven” would have a large and eclectic collection of everything guitar related so that you can learn what works for whatever it is you are doing musically. It would be like a “guitar library.”

During the lesson, everything would be available to you to use, but nothing would be for sale. The point would be to learn the music through the instruments (or vice versa) through playing. It beats guessing what might work based on what is currently popular on the internet. “The Guitar Haven” would not be a store but if you needed a volume pedal, a row of volume pedals would be setup before you arrived and you would learn about the different types until you hated them. The advantage would be you would know what you want and you would only need to buy it once.

If you love your guitar, you’ll play it more, and you’ll get better. This is true.

I doubt there is anywhere like this in the world because it is not financially practical. But such a place would be extremely useful. One can dream.....
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Adult Music Education - Electric Guitar

The Guitar Sanctuary is close to what I was imagining, perhaps a little bit better too. It's in McKinney, Texas.
https://www.theguitarsanctuary.com
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