Think about a guitar or piano lesson, maybe you've taken some before. If you have, or even if you haven't, images might come to mind of a stuffy classical musician insisting ruthlessly upon teaching out of the same books they've taught from for decades. Maybe images of this dreaded tome come to mind; a cheap pamphlet of paper and cardboard full of cheesy illustrations and public domain nursery rhyme tunes held together by two staples and a couple Christmas carols. Now if you've ever met kids of any age, it might not come as a surprise that they aren't incredibly excited about these teaching methods. I promise you I wasn't thrilled about them when I took first piano lessons as a six year old.
Now think about why students want to take guitar lessons in the first place. They could've been inspired to pick up the instrument by anything from a local musician having a blast on stage at a county fair or food festival to a character on TV. These are not people who are playing "Hot Cross Buns."
What parents of music students seldom realize is that there are much more fun and engaging ways to get started playing guitar. Many of the pop and rock songs that kids hear on the radio are well within the range of songs that can be picked up by kids in their first few weeks. I've started students off with "Just Like Fire" by Pink!, I've had kids who've never touched an instrument pounding out "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by the end of the first lesson, I've seen seven year olds time and time again strumming and singing Disney tunes and Taylor swift songs after just weeks of lessons. The result? They love it.
As the owner and sole teacher of NOLA Guitar Lessons, I'm proud of the fact that I'll never make you buy one of those cardboard monstrosities. My goal first and foremost has always been and will always be making my students fall in love with music as they learn to play it. They'll learn all their chords and why they work together along the way. They'll learn to read charts and why chords and melodies work together, but they'll learn to appreciate the beauty and the fun of music along the way. They'll be pushed to learn songs that challenge them and to expand their horizons by listening to and playing music they've never heard before. They learn their scales, but they learn how to improvise and create music with them as well.
That's what makes us the best guitar lessons, the best piano lessons, the best overall lessons you'll find in New Orleans.