Why Choose David Joel as Your Guitar Instructor Installment #3
If you’re living in or around Northeast Philadelphia and are contemplating taking guitar lessons, take a look at what David Joel has to offer.
The better the guitar teacher, i.e. the more learned, practiced, willing to help, understanding, greater level of aforethought in preparation and of course patience, the better the potential for the student to learn and acquire these traits or take them on him or herself. Offering guitar instruction in Philadelphia, it is my job to teach my students the most effective ways in which to practice.
Most of us living in today’s civilized world are familiar the proverbial phrase, patience is a virtue, one of the seven heavenly virtues. This eternal truth never rings clearer or brighter than when learning to play the guitar, or any instrument for that matter. merriam-webster.com defines patient as “bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.” Now, no one could tell another that there will never be complaints from the student in studying the guitar, however, the more one can exert patience in actually being a student, the quicker and more effectively they will be able to learn the instrument and the more fun they will have.
Often in the beginning of working with a student I’ll ask if they are patient. Sometimes I receive a laugh, a blank look, others a definite yes. When looking at this question they know they are observing their resolution to stay the course. No one ever said it would be easy, but part of the beauty is the challenge! To learn guitar or take guitar lessons, one needs to focus in on on numerous small details. For those of us playing for many years this can be east to forget; we become so grooved into the way we play. However, for a beginner or those who have learned numerous bad or unhelpful habits or techniques, their are many small items on which to focus. The saving grace of the musician is their ability to be patient, observe (visually and aurally) what it is they are studying with a focus of what it is they are trying to actually create and “calmly” continue on with the practice session.
Patience is probably one of the most important attributes of a good guitar instructor. He himself will need to be focused, disciplined and have in mind what he wants the student to be able to execute and receive from the lesson. The student, observing this in the guitar teacher, lesson after lesson, then begins to develop these qualities him or herself. They begin to believe in themselves to a greater and greater extent; I speak from experience in seeing it again and again over the years – it’s pretty exciting!
A good guitar teacher helps his students play better, but this is only the most discernible quality. A good student will develop greater self esteem, as well as a higher clarity of thought (one develops all kinds of abstract thought ability while playing a musical instrument) and finally patience! Of course there is the joy of playing cool tunes, riffs, licks, guitar solos and all the other fabulous things when one becomes deft or able as a guitarist.
In offering guitar lessons in Philadelphia, my focus is on you becoming a better guitarist, musician, having fun while playing great music and perhaps you learning a bit about yourself along the way. You can be the guitarist you want – you can do it! Give me a call and I’ll show you how!