Q: “Why choose the Guitar System method?”
A: “The Guitar System teaches advanced fundamentals used by today's top guitarists. If you're serious about wanting to play - focus your energy on the best and don't waste your time on antiquated methods destined for the dust heap."
Q: “Should all students learn the Guitar System Master Techniques?”
A: “Ideally - Yes! But ultimately it is up to you and your students to determine which techniques will benefit them most based on their musical goals.”
Q: “What type of guitar do you recommend for a young beginner?”
A: “I generally recommend a smaller size electric or nylon string guitar. The lower tension strings found on these guitars places less stress on the fretting fingers and helps prevent the habit of applying excessive finger pressure."
Q: “What are your thoughts on the amount of time one should set aside for daily practice?”
A: “Practice time is relative to the skill level one wants to achieve. You can optimize your practice time by focussing on effective time proven techniques."
Q: “What's the recommended sequence for going through the GS Method with students?”
A: “The GS books are designed with teacher flexibility in mind. For young students, I generally recommend going through the books sequentially GS-1, GS-2, GS-3. With older beginner students I often start with technique - GS1, then pentatonic scales - GS-3, and then introduce the chords in GS-2."
Q: “Why does the Guitar System omit the traditional 'sing-along' songs?”
A: “The GS compositions are optimized for learning the guitar in a way traditional 'sing-along' songs were never intended. For students looking to play some 'familiar tunes', a collection of traditional songs are included in the Teacher's Handbook."
Q: “How can I transition to the GS method or utilize some of the GS techniques and principles after many years of teaching?”
A: “For teachers who have developed a routine over many years, I suggest adopting one or two nano-mechanic skills from GS-1 and slowly integrating these techniques into your lessons. The GS books include many advanced techniques that can be helpful to both new and experienced teachers."
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