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Jakub Luptovec
post Jan 4 2010, 05:24 PM
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Hi guys,

since I joined this site, I have always looked upon the instructors and always dreamed to become one of them. In two years of guitar I think I made quite some progress (I still have heaps of things to practice and techniques to clean up, but lets talk about time in few years)

What do you think are the most important things the instructor should have?

Oh and one more thing, is it OK to do SI lessons and instead of uploading videos and putting text to do it via youtube and spoken video? Couldnt find any note about that in guidelines...

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post Jan 4 2010, 05:52 PM
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At the risk of sounding cliche, I think being an all round nice guy (or gal) is the most important thing. All the instructors I have interacted with have been very gracious and all round nice guys.

Then of course super guitar skills smile.gif The best instructors in my opinion have a sound knowledge of theory and add personal flair to their music cool.gif


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post Jan 4 2010, 06:10 PM
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Oh and also is there any info about another round of choosing intermediate mentors? Couldnt find anything about this topic as well (well to be honest, I have no idea where to look...)


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post Jan 4 2010, 06:12 PM
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QUOTE (Jakub Luptovec @ Jan 4 2010, 04:24 PM) *
Oh and one more thing, is it OK to do SI lessons and instead of uploading videos and putting text to do it via youtube and spoken video? Couldnt find any note about that in guidelines...


Hi Jakub, absolutly ok, embed the youtube video`s in your post is totally acceptable, you may want to add tabs to the SI Lessons as well though, so some written parts you may need to do to get your point accross better.
If you post on the SI board then let me know as once you hit "post" it will go invisible till it is approved smile.gif


Answering your main question, I`d agree with Matt in the main, an all round nice person, plenty of patience etc, and certainly some flair for the guitar. smile.gif

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Oh and also is there any info about another round of choosing intermediate mentors? Couldnt find anything about this topic as well (well to be honest, I have no idea where to look...)


not at the moment but could be a possiblity smile.gif


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post Jan 4 2010, 06:14 PM
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I guess you should feel when you're ready smile.gif Do you have something unique to show? Are you confident about it? Do you have any teaching skills? What's your level as a whole musician in general? Here I mean stage experience, recording experience, publicity, theory and technical knowledge etc... All these and many more things are important. I think that every musician recognises that moment when he/she is ready to apply for such job. When you get to that point you can definitely get some work.


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post Jan 4 2010, 06:21 PM
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Well I am sure, that I am not ready yet..

on the other hand, I want to become a high school/university teacher one day, I am talkative and able to get the point across (well thats what my professors said...). I am also creative regarding music - most of exercises I do I create myself, to suit my playing and my needs the most.. other stuff is mostly licks and tricks from my guitar heroes, which I am trying to somehow incorporate into my style.

but yeah, I have a huge heap of stuff to do before that smile.gif And Emir, I guess you are right - I'll know when I am ready, but I guess I'll never be completely happy with my playing biggrin.gif


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post Jan 4 2010, 06:32 PM
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QUOTE (Jakub Luptovec @ Jan 4 2010, 05:21 PM) *
I'll know when I am ready, but I guess I'll never be completely happy with my playing biggrin.gif

We all feel that at some point smile.gif Even the best ones


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post Jan 4 2010, 10:39 PM
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Emir gave some nice questions here for you, and I believe that the purpose of these questions is for you to ask yourself do you really wanna be a guitar instructor. If you want to be, there isn't some great secret about it. You just need to set your goals and work hard to achieve it, just like anything else in life.
Make a plan, start practicing, and learning about all the things a guitar instructor should know. If in any time you see that you don't know the answer to some specific question, you are in the right place! smile.gif Feel free to ask, we will be glad to help with anything. Teaching music and transferring knowledge to others is a very noble thing to do in general, and if you make a living out of it, it will be rewarding in both financial and personal aspects of your life.

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Well, I've thought about this too for the future. And have been a martial arts instructor in the past .. so the techniques learned can be easily transferable to other disciplines.. And here's my 2 cents..

As we all know, Teaching is an art. It can be developed with constant practice. If one is able to play THAT lick at THAT insane bpm or improvise flawlessly on the fly to any sort of backing DOES NOT guarantee that he/she will be a good instructor. Ive met some great players who couldn't even explain how to do a pull-off.. One's playing skills are very important to get students but the art of communicating those skills to others is another.. The ability to create exercise is important but the process to modify them to suit the student is another. What worked for the instructor may not work for his student. Every person is different.

But here are some of the essentials in my opinion:

Patient & Polite & Honest & Friendly - The key attributes that can make or break an instructor's profile. Coz noone likes to be tutored by rude, cocky or impatient people. And bad reputations are bad for the business eventually. HOnesty comes in the form of being able to say that one doesnt know the answer to a question than to answer it incorrectly. Ive heard this from 2 instructors here in video chats and my respect for them doubled that day. Any instructor who has a mix of all those attributes listed is destined to suceed, even if he has limited or one directional guitar knowledge.

Knowing various teaching techniques - Every student is different, in skill-level, approach, mindset, seriousness, therefore the instructor should know which teaching technique would be best suited to THAT student's personality. This is why students get different results when they attend group lessons.. The same lesson was taught but the understandings and the results differed based on the above mentioned attributes.

Versatility - Not so important but can lead to a wider student audience.. If the instructor is well versed and can play many different styles while specializing in 1 or 2.

Know your reasons - DO it for the wrong reasons and it will show when you speak, reply to posts, or hold a session. This is why there are thousands of sites out there trying to teach that "secret" technique thats going to take your shredding to the next level.... Not saying that financial reasons should be totally ignored. They just shouldn't be the only reason. 90% of the teachers/ instructors I've met in various areas are doing it coz they love it..

Maturity and Intellect - Communication skill are important but one has to tweak them to address the type of audience.. One's students may range from 7 year old kids to 60 year old person. One has to change his communication style to address all ages. From my experience, I've taught a 5 years old kid to throw a kick to a 45 year old gentleman who wanted to learn to spar. The techniques, words, commnication style obviously varies drastically.

Ability to treat all your students equally - MAJORITY of one's students will be BEGINNERS.. the smart instructors know this.. Only a fraction or a minute % will be intermediate/advanced. And MOST of them will always be having t he insecurities about their skills and learning. If they see their instructors giving them equal time, energy, attention as compared to advanced students, they just might spark that fire in them.

Constant upskilling & improvement
- Good instructors should always be learning new ways to teach along with sharpening their playing abilities.


Now coming to your case, you say that you already aspire to be a uni/ high school teacher one day.. that's great coz the skills you will learn along the way will be helpful in both the disciplines..
Student instructor lessons are the way to go, to practice those skills ..


Good luck .. If I ever become good at the axe, I'll join the league too smile.gif

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post Jan 5 2010, 12:15 AM
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QUOTE (zen @ Jan 5 2010, 12:07 AM) *
Well, I've thought about this too for the future. And have been a martial arts instructor in the past .. so the techniques learned can be easily transferable to other disciplines.. And here's my 2 cents..

As we all know, Teaching is an art. It can be developed with constant practice. If one is able to play THAT lick at THAT insane bpm or improvise flawlessly on the fly to any sort of backing DOES NOT guarantee that he/she will be a good instructor. Ive met some great players who couldn't even explain how to do a pull-off.. One's playing skills are very important to get students but the art of communicating those skills to others is another.. The ability to create exercise is important but the process to modify them to suit the student is another. What worked for the instructor may not work for his student. Every person is different.

But here are some of the essentials in my opinion:

Patient & Polite & Honest & Friendly - The key attributes that can make or break an instructor's profile. Coz noone likes to be tutored by rude, cocky or impatient people. And bad reputations are bad for the business eventually. HOnesty comes in the form of being able to say that one doesnt know the answer to a question than to answer it incorrectly. Ive heard this from 2 instructors here in video chats and my respect for them doubled that day. Any instructor who has a mix of all those attributes listed is destined to suceed, even if he has limited or one directional guitar knowledge.

Knowing various teaching techniques - Every student is different, in skill-level, approach, mindset, seriousness, therefore the instructor should know which teaching technique would be best suited to THAT student's personality. This is why students get different results when they attend group lessons.. The same lesson was taught but the understandings and the results differed based on the above mentioned attributes.

Versatility - Not so important but can lead to a wider student audience.. If the instructor is well versed and can play many different styles while specializing in 1 or 2.

Know your reasons - DO it for the wrong reasons and it will show when you speak, reply to posts, or hold a session. This is why there are thousands of sites out there trying to teach that "secret" technique thats going to take your shredding to the next level.... Not saying that financial reasons should be totally ignored. They just shouldn't be the only reason. 90% of the teachers/ instructors I've met in various areas are doing it coz they love it..

Maturity and Intellect - Communication skill are important but one has to tweak them to address the type of audience.. One's students may range from 7 year old kids to 60 year old person. One has to change his communication style to address all ages. From my experience, I've taught a 5 years old kid to throw a kick to a 45 year old gentleman who wanted to learn to spar. The techniques, words, commnication style obviously varies drastically.

Ability to treat all your students equally - MAJORITY of one's students will be BEGINNERS.. the smart instructors know this.. Only a fraction or a minute % will be intermediate/advanced. And MOST of them will always be having t he insecurities about their skills and learning. If they see their instructors giving them equal time, energy, attention as compared to advanced students, they just might spark that fire in them.

Constant upskilling & improvement
- Good instructors should always be learning new ways to teach along with sharpening their playing abilities.


Now coming to your case, you say that you already aspire to be a uni/ high school teacher one day.. that's great coz the skills you will learn along the way will be helpful in both the disciplines..
Student instructor lessons are the way to go, to practice those skills ..


Good luck .. If I ever become good at the axe, I'll join the league too smile.gif


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QUOTE (Jerry Arcidiacono @ Jan 5 2010, 10:15 AM) *
Great post smile.gif Do you really hate cats?


laugh.gif ..a little bit but it was a spontaneous comment.. forgot to take it off from the signature..


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I think Emir's point is a very good one. You have to have that confidence to know that you have something valuable to share and that many people could apreciate it.

I don't think you have to be the most profficient guitarist technically but over all experience is the most valuable aspect, imo.

For example, to know a certain style very well and to have been creating music for quite some time.



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