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Old 12-19-2012, 04:46 PM
 
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Hi

I am looking for an instructor to learn how to play acoustic guitar....someone who works with adult at beginner level. I live in Alexandria.

Please let me know if you can referral a music center or instructor that is well regarded. General price range I can expect. Much thanks!
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:35 PM
 
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With youtube and other video sites I just don't feel like guitar instructors are as useful as they once were. Certainly if you prefer that type of 1 on 1 personal instruction there are teacher available. Check craigslist or there are also classes offered at local community colleges.

Check out http://www.justinguitar.com/. He is a very popular teacher for new guitarists and people find him very easy to learn from (obviously it is all online videos).
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:08 PM
 
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There's an free online course that you can register for...https://www.coursera.org/course/guitar
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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With youtube and other video sites I just don't feel like guitar instructors are as useful as they once were.
As a victim of a couple attempts at taking guitar lessons as a teenybopper too many decades ago to be worth mentioning, I would tend to agree wholeheartedly with you. Just YouTube has an amazing number of instruction videos on all sorts of things (I recently looked into some bass guitar stuff - lot of the videos were lousy quality while the things demoed were higher quality, but a few of the videos were themselves quality (*)).

But...

My daughter is taking guitar in school - an official for-credit class. The discipline mandated by formal instruction like that goes a long way to keeping THOSE teenyboppers focused. She has learned an amazing amount of fundamentals in the few short months she's picked up a guitar. By the time the year ends I expect her to have FAR surpassed anything I've done (admittedly intermittently) over the last 40+ years.

As such, there is a lot of merit to formal instruction that makes it valuable still.

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(*) I'm continuously perplexed by the LOUSY videos on places like YouTube - poor lighting, poor camerawork, poor scripting, poor just-about-anything videography. With only a SMALL amount of care some of the aforementioned instructional videos would be dynamite - but, especially with the bass guitar ones, horrendous production (and especially sound) just stomps all over what's being taught.

I guess a lot - maybe most? - of the posters of videos just want to "get it out there" rather than "get it out there when it's ready".

Clue for them - it's OKAY to do more than one take - really, it is!
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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These folks will hook you up with the right instructor:

Music Lessons | Alexandria, VA
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