Many guitar teachers use generic guitar learning materials to try to instruct their students. Unless you teach beginning guitar students exclusively, you are going to come across the following problems in your guitar teaching:
1. You will not be able to help your students make fast progress in their guitar playing. The majority of popular guitar teaching approaches were made only to teach musical topics, NOT to help your guitar students achieve specific goals. (Almost no great guitarists became great using these kinds of books.)
2. Your students will lose all their motivation to get better as soon as they see that what you are teaching them has nothing to do with what they actually want to achieve with guitar.
3. When faced with the problems of points 1 and 2 above, you will not be able to keep your students from quitting guitar lessons.
4. You will have a difficult time getting new guitar students because you are not offering anything that is unique from any other guitar teacher in your area. This means new students really have no reason to choose you over anyone else.
This will all cause great complications for your ability to make good money from teaching guitar.
To contrast all of this, here is how successful guitar teachers teach hundreds of students (and avoid all of the problems I just mentioned):
Step 1: Use a different mindset. Rather than trying to cram information down your students' throats, focus instead on getting them to achieve the goals you set out for them. This will bring far better results. Remember, you aren't simply trying to "teach guitar"... it is your job to figure out and solve guitar playing problems, then get rid of any frustrations your students are facing. This is what you must do to truly transform your student's musical lives.
Step 2: Learn how to spot the subtle and not-so-subtle errors in your student's playing that hold them back from achieving what they want on guitar. Once you can do this, put together strategy that will help that student achieve his or her unique goals.
Step 3: Design quality guitar lessons that help students reach their musical goals effectively. These kinds of materials can easily be re-packaged for more students in ways that are congruent with their musical goals (I discuss more on this below).
Step 4: Give classes that focus on helping students improve very specific skills that make up part of a bigger musical goal. Have your guitar students join the correct classes that line up best with the things they want to accomplish in their playing.
Common question: "Isn't this all going to be a ton of work?" "Do I need to use a lot of my spare time making custom lessons for all the students in my teaching schedule?"
Answer: No and No. Don't make the mistake of confusing guitar teaching materials and strategy. You can use the same materials with any student (since many skills that students must learn are similar), but the STRATEGY (the order and combination of materials used) has to be completely unique for each individual.
Whenever you hold group classes, you will have various students to teach who need to learn and master the same skills. You can teach in these scenarios very easily even if your students are all at different skill levels. I know this is true, because I've helped hundreds of guitar teachers learn how to do this.
When your students join more than one class, they learn how to become a better guitarist faster, and you teach less hours overall. Using this method, you will teach substantially less hours in one week than any guitar teacher who only teaches 1 on 1 lessons.
When you use these guitar teaching strategies in your teaching business, your business will quickly grow in these ways:
1. You will now be able to keep your guitar students for extensive periods of time since you have solved the problems that usually cause students to leave lessons.
2. Your new guitar teaching system will help your students reach their goals more effectively, and they will become awesome players MUCH faster.
3. You will gain an excellent reputation as the best local guitar teacher because all your students are quickly becoming awesome guitar players.
4. Your new reputation as a guitar teacher will help you grow your student base.
5. You will make a great living teaching guitar and have hundreds of students, since you provide the greatest results.