Do you teach guitar using a system?

Guitar teachers tend to fall into two camps. Those who teach using a system and those who do not. I belong to those who use a system of teaching guitar but it wasn’t always the case. For over a decade I would teach each student by asking them what they were interested in and then filling in the gaps. This definitely works for those teachers with years of experience but for the most part it pales in comparison to using a system. The reason a system of teaching guitar is so effective is because it is usually based on a proven strategy. The idea of any system is to have a reliable series of steps that when taken give a consistent result.  The beauty of a system is it can be improved upon. Once I started teaching via a system I began to see consistent results from my students and each small improvement to the system meant an improvement in student results. You might then ask why teachers would operate without system. In short it’s because creating and developing a system takes time. Time that most teachers do not have. I took 2 years off to create and design my system based on all the data I had collected over the years but even then I only had a basic outline of the method. It then took another year of actually teaching and gaining valuable feedback from students.  I still make improvements based on student feedback but only as required.
David J Hart
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