Guitar Lessons Built On Performance
The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in the world. Because of this, most people picking up a guitar for the first time have a good idea of the music they want to learn and how it sounds. Much to their dismay, method books used by guitar teachers in the last hundred years largely center around only playing and reading very basic melodies.
A student may go in to their first guitar lesson with a song in mind, upon their arrival they may immediately ask their teacher to teach them the kinds of songs they want to learn, only to be placed in front of a method book with a hundred pages of hot-cross buns.
What parents of guitar students, and even the students themselves largely won't realize is that this both isn't the only way of going about learning guitar, and there isn't much to be gained from taking this approach.
The reason this approach to learning is so slow is that it treats reading music over playing music as a priority, and while the ability to read music and understand theory is important, it doesn't make sense as a starting point for a new musician. Studies have shown that music learning is processed similarly to how we learn language. Why would you try teaching an infant to read before they can speak?
All of BandCamp NOLA's music programs and lessons center around teaching beginners to play in a way that makes sense. We focus on the songs they want to learn and then use those as a means to teach technique and theoretical concepts they can apply to new songs and even to writing their own music. We've reimagined the guitar lesson in a way that's effectively taught our students since we began.