assessing just where you (and your attitudes, attributes and capabilities) might fit into the biggerpicture.
Lose your Ego
(Ego will encourage you to claim to be competent in areas that you are not really
comfortable and confident in). Equally you should ……..
Disregard your Insecurity and false modesty
(which as the other side of the ego coin couldend up in a situation where you underestimate your own capabilities and potential). No one willmind if you decide that you are not good enough to be a guitar teacher if you actually are butdon't complain when your neighbouhood fills up with "worse" musicians then you who teachthemselves out of a dayjobGiven that you can form a sensible attitude to ego and insecurity and as a result can go on todevelop an honest opinion with regard to your own circumstances then it is time to turn yourattention to the important task of
identifying the types of student that will benefit most fromyour lessons.
The secret of a healthy guitar teaching business is in being able to attract (and retain?) the rightstudents. To attract those people who would benefit from the things that you can comfortablyteach them. The situation genuinely is that simple.
Identify Your Guitar Students?
Becoming a guitar teacher who attracts the right customers is really just a question of commonsense. Of
aiming your instrumental capabilities towards an appropriate section of themarket.
You need to set out to attract to attract a group of customers who you are capable ofhelping and who you would enjoy teaching the guitar to.There are so many different styles of music out there that it is fair to say that nobody is great atthem all.
If you can't play jazz funk fusion
(and explain what you are playing and why tosomeone who has little or no understanding of it)
then just don't teach it.
On the other hand if Jazz funk fusion Guitar is the only thing that floats your boat and you havededicated yourself to pushing its boundaries then maybe you should specialise in it?By making the decision to
play to your strengths as a musician
and concentrate on thoseareas where the skills that you have as a player are in pretty good shape then you can have asatisfying and rewarding career teaching guitar.The vast majority of those who seek guitar lessons are novice/early stage intermediate playerswith little or no experience of playing guitar but with a genuine desire to improve. When they seekout a teacher they are not really looking for someone to stun them with technical ability (althoughthey will quite reasonably expect to encounter a teacher who can get around the instrument).
for guitar lessons really just want to encounter a guitarteacher who will help them to start off on the right path.
Teaching a guitar or bass depends on more than just being able to get around on the