7 Reasons why you need an excellent guitar teacher and mentor

7 Reasons Why You Need Great Guitar Mentoring

Reason #1 – You deserve a decent return on your time & investment

There is no denying that your time is worth a lot.

Your time is a very precious commodity, as you only have 24 hours in a day.

Therefore, everything in your life ought to be measured by return on investment.

The last thing you want to do is to spend time and effort to get a small return.

And that’s exactly why you need to have excellent guitar mentorship and tuition.

You do not want to spend the little free time that you have and waste it on trying to reinvent the wheel to find out what works and doesn’t work.

Your mentor has already done that for you.

A great guitar teacher can save you years of hassle and help you get past your frustration so much quicker.

A great guitar mentor will help you get a decent return on the time that you spend in each and every session with him or her.

If you’re serious about your time you will be serious about your return.

So you need to be aggressive about what you’re getting for your hard earned money.

The last thing you want to get is bad tuition and bad habits.

You need to be aggressive when it comes to pursuing excellent quality guitar mentorship and tuition.

It is also vital to realise that guitar lessons are much more than just sitting in a room or learning online with a mentor.

It is also a relationship with your mentor.

It is also about someone that you can discuss important things with.

Your mentor and teacher should also be your guide.

Of course you are paying him or her for top-notch guitar tuition and you deserve to get nothing less, but you’re paying for so much more than just the lessons.

A great mentor should have a lasting effect on the way that you think about life itself.

I remember vividly when I studied with Johnny Fourie one of the most excellent jazz guitarists that ever walked on this planet.

I studied jazz with Johnny for hours at a time, but at other times we also spoke about concepts of life.

Johnny gave me SO much – I will always be grateful to his wonderful input!

Learning with Johnny was so much more than just learning the guitar – it was learning about things in life and it helped reshaped my way of thinking.

In the same way you need to insist on getting the best when you learn with a mentor.

You see, the only way that you can really get a decent return is by learning from the best.

The last thing you want to do is learn from someone less than adequate.

The last thing you need to be overly concerned with is the fee.

The financial considerations, should not be your primary focus.

Your primary focus should be – “can my mentor and instructor help me get where I want to go?”

Can he or she give me a decent return on my investment and a decent return on my time.

At the end of the day you’re not only paying for guitar lessons, but you are spending your time with someone who will have a MASSIVE impact in your life.

That is exactly why you need to insist on spending your time with the very best in order for you to become the best.

So make sure that you select the best guitar mentor to help you get ahead in your guitar journey and in your life!

Reason # 2 – An excellent teacher and mentor can literally turn your entire world upside down

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As was mentioned above, a great guitar coach and mentor will help you develop your guitar playing and literally turn your world upside down.

He or she will make you think about things in a completely different way.

You see in order for you to become an excellent guitarist and achieve your dreams and your goals, you need to study with someone who can help you understand the complexity of becoming great.

To become great is complex, because it requires so much more than just playing notes of a scale more fluently.

It requires you to start believing in yourself.

At the end of the day believing in yourself is more powerful than just sitting in your room and practising.

The reason I say this because you can sit in the room and practice and become greater, but never play in front of anyone.

A great guitarist is someone who has an attitude, style, even a fashion along with great musicality.

(Think Vai, think Malmsteen, think McLaughlin!)

At the end of the day it is a multi-dimensional art.

And you’re only going to achieve that with a great coach.

The “wisdom bits” that you learn from your guitar mentor should stay with you for years to come.

It should inspire you for decades!

As I said a great teacher will LITERALLY turn your world upside down!

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Reason # 3- A world-class mentor will be able to give you the “keys” to your future guitar success

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There are certain tricks of the trade.

One of my students told me, learn the trade and then the tricks. (He is in the financial industry – and was comparing the art of banking with the art of music.)

I think that is quite wise.

A world-class guitar instructor will definitely help you build a solid foundation for your guitar playing.

After a solid foundation is laid, the “tricks of the trade” will be worked on.

There are certain ways and methods to develop speed picking.

There are certain ways and methods to approach string bending.

There are certain ways and methods to do a vibrato properly on the guitar.

There are certain ways and methods to improvise over a set of chord changes.

All of these things may seem like a mystery, but the principles are actually simple. (If you know them!)

A great guitar coach knows these principles.

He or she knows how to convey these principles to you in an easy-to-understand-manner!

So by studying with an excellent guitar coach, you really make your life a thousand times easier.

It is foolhardy to try to save money learning by yourself if you can afford excellent quality guitar instruction.

It is impossible to really improve at the same speed as someone who studies with a top-notch coach. (All things being equal of course!)

In addition, you get regular inspiration and motivation to help you become the very best that you can.

And as you are one-of-a-kind – you owe it to yourself to be the very best that you can be.

And guess what – your potential is limitless and you have LITERALLY unlimited mind power.

It’s up to you to put it to use.

Reason # 4 – It’s really “unfruitful” to go at it alone


Whenever I hear someone tell me that “so-and-so” is self-taught, I generally cringe.

Hearing that someone is self-taught actually puts me off.

Learning how to play the guitar is such a difficult art, that I can bet 99 times out of 100, the individual who has taught him or herself will have developed sloppy technique and bad habits.

There are obviously exceptions to the rule, but throughout the history of music for the past 2000 years the greatest musicians on earth were not self-taught!

So if you have to choose between getting top quality instruction or going at it alone – meaning teaching yourself, do not even think twice.

Unless you want to spend countless more hours doing it.

Of course if you do not have the resources to get quality tuition, then I commend you for going for it by yourself.

But as soon as you get the resources, I would recommend lessons even if it is just here and there.

Having said that – if you have the resources, you should really take guitar lessons on a weekly basis.

Music is an art form that requires weekly input!

All my students in London study with me on a weekly basis, and I believe it is the only way to make great progress.

It’s even better to study twice per week if time permits. (I DEFINITELY see the results in my London guitar learning center)

An excellent guitar mentor will just take you by the hand and help you get there MUCH faster!

You need to focus on: learning from the best.

So the next time you hear about someone being self-taught, forget about the idea that that person special.

That individual probably has sloppy technique.

Unfortunately, most people cannot distinguish between good and bad technique and that is why people praise the idea of guitarists teaching themselves. (No one would dream praising someonewho is learning tennis by him or herself…)

It is vital to study with a master.

It is vital to learn from the best in order for you to become the best.

Make the right decision and you WILL reap the rewards!

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Reason # 5 – You get the best guidance that will help you succeed again and again

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Learning with an excellent guitar coach, ensures that you get the best quality information.

Let’s take the idea of playing an E major chord.

If you learn how to play an E major chord from a standard chord book, you would learn how to play the open string version. (The chord that everyone refers to as “the E chord…” when it is just one potential chord out of hundreds of versions!)

If you learn how to play E major chord from a guitar teacher who knows his or her stuff, then you would learn how to play the E major chord in 30 different ways.

Of course it depends on your level – if you only start out you may only learn the open version initially.

The point is a great guitar coach will show you how to play a scale, chord or arpeggio in a variety of different ways across the guitar neck to help you MASTER the neck!

You will really struggle to do that learning by yourself.

Especially if you want to learn more complex styles such as jazz or virtuoso metal guitar.

The greatest thing about learning from an excellent guitar teacher is the fact that you can always be confident that you are on the right road.

An excellent guitar teacher will always push you to become the best that you can be.

It is also vital that you put in the hours required to become the best.

If you do not put the hours in, then you will simply not reach your goals.

You can always discuss a suitable practice plan with your guitar mentor. and create a suitable plan to reach your musical goals!

Together you can then create a suitable (time-bound) plan to reach ALL your musical goals!

Reason # 6 – You need it so much more than you can think

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You are probably reading this article and thinking, that this is making a lot of sense.

However, I promise you that you need it more than you even think about right now.

One lesson with an excellent guitar instructor can set you free from years of bad habits. (As long as you are committed to put in the hours of practice required to break those habits)

By not studying with someone who is extremely proficient at his or her art, you’re really doing yourself a tremendous dis-favour.

You really need excellent tuition far more than you can imagine.

Excellent tuition will pay you back in leaps and bounds and help you become who you want to be.

You definitely need it more than you can imagine.

Yes, it will require a tremendous amount of time and effort from your part, but if you’re willing to put in the time your guitar mentor can help you reach your goals.

When you finally reach your goals, you will be very happy as it made ALL the difference!

Reason # 7 – A great guitar teacher and mentor will make you responsible to meet time-bound goals


Your future guitar success and ability to play properly depends upon how well you use the time and resources available to you.

A great instructor and a great mentor will always make you learn with time-bound goals in order for you to go forward at the fastest pace.

Without time-bound goals, you are merely floating along.

Time bound goals forces you to complete certain tasks by certain dates and that is one of the biggest secrets to developing your guitar playing.

Only 3% of adults have time bound goals that are written down on paper.

That means that out of 100 adults learning how to play the guitar, only three adults will have a plan written down in a journal or on paper outlining what they plan to do for the next 3 to 6 months.

The stats show that all things being equal, the 3 percent of adults with a written time-bound plan will make up to 10 times as much progress as those without! (Again, all things being equal)

And that is exactly why you need to have outstanding guitar instruction.

An outstanding guitar coach will share information such as the above with you to help you become the best that you can be.

Without outstanding guitar instruction, you will simply make less than optimal progress.

And that is exactly why you need to have the very best guitar education that you can afford.

In fact – you can you cannot afford not to have the best education.

Goal setting and time management is absolutely essential in your development and in your musical journey.

The most disciplined individuals are the ones who get ahead in life and in music playing.

If I had to put 100 guitarists of equal talent next to each other, the 3 percent who have time-bound goals written down will far outshine the other.


Because they will complete their work by a certain date while the other 79 individuals will just float around and hope things get done!

Wishing things get done is also not good enough.

Thinking about your plans and goals is not good enough.

You need to have written plans – outlining EXACTLY what you plan to do!

Of course, your plan can be very simple.

You do not need to make it very formal.

It can simply say that in six months I want to play semiquavers (or sixteenth notes) clean at 140 BPM using strict alternate picking.

That’s far better than having nothing on paper!

Having things written down is POWERFUL!
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It also means you can monitor your progress against your initial goals.

That is also why I always recommend using a guitar journal when building up your speed.

Of course, one can also use a guitar journal when building up technical knowledge such as learning the A7 arpeggio throughout the guitar neck in all 5 positions of the guitar.

It is vital that you develop outstanding guitar technique and knowledge to truly flow and speak the language of music properly!

The only way to get there is to have a plan and to have goals that will help you get there quickly.

A lot of this may seem obvious, but as one great mentor once said: “knowing something and not doing something means you do not know it!”

So you may think you know all of this, however you only know what you truly do!

Otherwise you do not know it.

For example, take the following quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”

This quote was written years ago by Aristotle.

Now you may nod your head and say that you know that.

However, if you do not DO IT then you do not know it.

An excellent guitar teacher will HELP you to DO IT!

Yes, discipline can be difficult.

A great guitar instructor can help you develop your discipline and can help you become disciplined.

Without excellent guitar instruction, you will struggle to make yourself a success.

It is very difficult for any individual to have all the discipline in the world.

That is exactly why great sports people such as Tiger Woods or Serena Williams have top-notch coaches.

The greatest sports celebrities need excellent coaches to help them stay focused.

That is exactly what you need too!

You need a guitar mentor to inspire you and to motivate you to go to the next level.

Without benefiting from this motivation, you will really struggle.

You will join the rank the ranks of guitarists going for less than optimal success and going for mediocrity.

The choice is always in your hands.

You can decide whether you want to become great or whether you want to be mediocre.

But if you want to become great, then you WILL need to best education that you can possibly get.

At the end of the day, there will always just be a handful of excellent individuals and excellent guitarists.

Why is that?

Because there are only in its handful of people who are willing to put in the work required to reach their goals.

It takes a lot of mental effort as well as time to go for your highest goals and make your dreams come true.

At times it can be tough!

At times it will even seem truly difficult.

Do you think that the world’s best athletes enjoy each and every day?

Yes, to a large degree they do.

However, there are days when they feel like it is just too much

But that does not stop them.


Because they have time-bound goals and they’ve got a race to win.

The pleasure of winning the race far exceeds the pain of having to put in the work.

So the secret is really to focus on your highest goal.

Focus on the end goal and use that as a catalyst to work hard for today!

It is the basis of all successful endeavours.

Always surround yourself with the best people and make your boldest dreams come true.

Remember you owe it to yourself to become great.

You owe it to yourself to be disciplined.

You owe it to yourself to be the best that you can be.

You do not want to look back in 10 years and realise that your success has been less than optimal.

The only way to ensure against this is by being willing to put in the time & effort required to become the best.

It is pretty self-evident, however it does take a lot of mental effort.

I know that YOU can do it!


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