FAQ's: common Q and A's from David Wilson, Education
Q: I took guitar lessons before and
they were really boring. What makes your program so different?
A: Man, I’ve heard that from a bunch of people! Please
realize that this is a very broad generalization, but there are a lot of
teachers (especially in the “combo” world of guitar, bass, and drums) that
just should not be teaching lessons. Some teachers are just failed wannabe
rock stars that realized they have to pay the rent so they start teaching.
This really comes across! This is usually indicated by (1) a lack of
ability to meet individual student’s specific needs and (2) not being able
to explain just HOW they played such a cool guitar solo. Many players seem
like great musicians until you get them out of their preferred element or
ask them to explain what they’re doing! These are not people that should be
teaching. Other teachers are the very stodgy type. This is the classic “I
took guitar lessons when I was a kid, but all I got to do was play Mary Had
a Little Lamb!” story. Our lessons challenge the student by teaching the
instrument from a RELEVANT perspective. Music lessons don’t have to be
always based on a classical repertoire! Modern country, metal, and even
gospel use the same basic musical principles utilized by Mozart and Chopin,
so why not use music the student likes, while challenging him or her to
constantly broaden their horizons with other listening experiences?Q: My Uncle George plays guitar (bass/drums etc),
can’t he teach me?
A: Maybe. Uncle George can definitely show you some
basics, possibly more. Chances are that Uncle George is self-taught and has
many bad habits he has developed over the years. All of our teachers have
demonstrated a deep commitment to learning all aspects of music. They can
sight-read, jam with a blues band, play a rippin’ solo, or analyze the
harmonic content of a concerto. If Uncle George can do that, we may have a
job for him!
Q: Why do your lessons cost more than the leading
A: First, we ARE the leading brand! This is a
subjective issue (see next faq below). There are cheaper lessons out there,
but no other program in the area offers anything close to the learning
environment we can provide. No one else even close to SW Oklahoma
incorporates customized backing tracks, wireless access to 2 ˝ million
songs, or the option to sign up for jam sessions culminating in the
experience of recording with other musicians in an ultra-modern digital
recording studio. Plus, our teachers are simply terrific! Did you know
there are people teaching private lessons on guitar/bass/drums that can’t
read music? There are also teachers that can read, but could never jump
on stage and jam with a country/metal/blues band. Our teachers are not just
paid for the time they spend with you, but for their ability to deliver a
ton of musical knowledge in a way that best fits the individual student.
Q: Why are your lessons so cheap?
A: We get this one too! Many people coming from other
parts of the country are pleasantly surprised at our low tuition rates. To
put it simply, the cost of living in Lawton is pretty cheap. We feel our
lessons are at a price that makes it worth our while, yet is still within
the monthly budget of most families.