Q. A friend of mine offered to give me free guitar lessons. Should
I take him up on it or would it probably be a big waste of time?
A. On one hand, free guitar lessons are probably worth about half that
price. By that I mean that they can easily cost you big time and could help you
regress rather than progress. On the other hand, there is a lot of information
out there that is free, very high quality, and informative. As a student
scouring the world and the web it can be a fun and exciting journey.
I have spent over 40 years giving
guitar lessons and I definitely gave some of them away for free. I would like
to think that the students that got free lessons got a lot of useful
information. So, as with many things, you really have to consider the source,
in this case, the experience and knowledge of your friend.
Chances are that if he is offering
to teach at all, he probably has a reasonable amount of info he can share. The
biggest thing I would watch out for is that many very accomplished guitar
players have some very bad habits, mostly in the area of hand position but this
could also include lots of little technical things.
My best advice would be to start
with a competent teacher as well just to be sure you aren’t heading down any
particularly dark paths. Once bad habits start to appear they can be very
difficult to correct.