Learning a musical instrument, learning to swim, even learning a foreign language can be difficult when you are in a larger classroom with other students. It is far better and easier to learn via private lessons when you have the teacher or instructor all to yourself. In this example, you will see exactly how private lessons with a guitar teacher can make all the difference in the world when you are first learning how to play the guitar.
Learning Notes and Chords and Where to Place Fingers
A big part of learning guitar is learning that your fingers and finger placement on each string creates a different note and a different sound. Multiple fingers on multiple strings usually create a chord. You cannot learn any of these things properly without the teacher instructing you and helping you to place your fingers exactly where they need to be on the strings to play.
In a room full of students learning guitar, it becomes really difficult for one teacher to run around and make sure everyone is doing the exact same fingerings and chord playing. It takes up a lot of time, which reduces how much everyone can play. When there is just you sitting next to or in front of the teacher, you learn more about where to place your fingers and how to play the chords, and you get a lot more time to play and practice what you have learned.
Learning to Tune Your Guitar
Anyone who plays guitar should know how to tune their instrument. It takes an instructor/teacher too much time to show students how to tune a guitar during valuable class time, so he/she usually just tunes all of the guitars him/herself. In a one-on-one setting, you can actually learn how to tune your own guitar because the teacher/instructor is able to give you a few minutes of time at the beginning or end of your lesson to show you this valuable skill.
Asking Questions and Getting Answers
In a classroom full of students, the teacher often asks that everyone refrain from asking questions during the lessons until after the lessons are taught. This often causes people/pupils to forget the questions they wanted to ask, and therefore the questions are never answered. When you are one-on-one with your guitar instructor, it is much easier for him/her to answer your questions while learning to play the instrument, and then you are able to apply the answers to the lesson immediately.