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    I was contacted by a 15 year old kid last night who plays guitar and he made a proposition to me that if I taught him lead guitar he'd pay me $30 an hour and we'd do 2 lessons a week. I'm still thinking it over but I think I am gonna do it because of the money and because it'll be a good chance for me to expand as a player as well. This kid already knows how to play the instrument and is interested in learning techniques such as artificial harmonics, legato, alternate picking, sweep picking, arpeggios etc.

    I have an idea of how I'm going to approach this by giving the kid exercises to practice, showing him the proper way to warm up before playing lead etc. but I'm afraid that some of that stuff might bore him. I remember when I was that age and I'd have to make myself do the fundamentals and I'll admit that I actually didn't like it very much at the time.

    Basically what I'm asking is that if any of you guys have given lessons before and have ways of making it more "fun" than "work" I'd love to hear your suggestions.

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    Thirty bucks an hour ?!?! Is that the going rate these days?

    Give him sections of leads of actual songs that contain those techniques. That's the best way.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Steven B:
    Thirty bucks an hour ?!?! Is that the going rate these days?

    Give him sections of leads of actual songs that contain those techniques. That's the best way.
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    I agree. It'll keep him more interesting in learning that stuff.
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    I taught in a classroom for about 4 1/2 years, and after my nervous breakdown..lol just kidding.
    I hated classroom teaching, and now just have 5 students I teach privately per 1/2 hour lesson at a time.
    I've found the best thing to do with someone who can already play fairly well is give them warm up excerecises to do and then just ask them what they want to learn.
    Then concentrate the lessons on those techniques, like string skipping for instance, staying on one technique till he's got a good grip on it. Don't jump around showing him a little of this and a little of that. An hour is a long time for a lesson and you might be tempted to cover a lot more territory than you need to or should. Do the excercises over and over with him until he can do them as well as you, then expand on the same technique, making it more difficult. He should improve with every lesson if he's serious about learning. It usually takes about 2 weeks for a player to get a good grip on one trick. When he's really comfortable with it, then go on to the next different technique. Then you can start combining them.

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    what tribb

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    make sure he know why he's playing what he is, namely a bit of musical theory behind it. Tricks will keep em coming, but theory will be most appreciated in the long run.
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