Frequently Asked Questions
How much do online lessons cost?
$35 per 30-minute lesson if you purchase one lesson at a time. $120 for a set of four 30-minute lessons. $216 for a set of eight 30-minute lessons.
What is an online guitar lesson like?
In many ways, an online guitar lesson is very similar to an in-person lesson. If we are just getting started, and especially if you are brand new to the guitar, we'll cover some basic concepts to help get you started, such as string names, hand position, and your first notes and chords. If you have been taking lessons for a little while, we'll start with a warm-up, usually scales or something easy. We'll then move to some combination of melody and chord playing. You'll play selections that you've practiced from the previous week's assignment. I'll help you with any problem spots and offer suggestions. We'll check off some songs and exercises right away, while others will be long-term projects. I will also give you new music to practice, which we'll go over during the lesson. The main difference between between online and in-person guitar lessons is that we will be looking at each other on a screen, and we won't be able to play at the same time because a time delay will make us out of sync.
I don't have a guitar yet. What guitar should I get?
This depends on a few different factors, including your budget, your size, and whether you want to play acoustic or electric. With these variables, I can't recommend a specific guitar. Instead, I recommend going to a local music store for guidance. I will be happy to consult with you if you don't have a local music store to visit. One brand I do NOT recommend is First Act. I have never seen a decent First Act guitar.
What is the Godfrey Guitar System?
The Godfrey Guitar System is my own guitar book, designed to take you from a complete beginner to a guitarist who can read music, play melodies, play chords and accompaniments fluently, and can play melodies and chords all over the whole neck. There are plenty of other good guitar books, but this is the book that I wish I had been available when I first began playing. I cannot promise a quick and easy way to becoming a great player. Anyone who tells you they can turn you into a monster guitar player in a few months is lying. What I can promise is that if you take lessons with me and commit yourself to a regular practice routine, you will be a complete musician over time. All students receive free PDFs of the Godfrey Guitar System.
Will we work on music other than what's in the Godfrey Guitar System?
Absolutely! I'm proud of what I've written, but no guitar book will contain everything you'll want to know. If there are other songs you want to learn, we'll incorporate those into your lessons.
Can I sign up for lessons to learn a specific song?
The short answer is no. The long answer is that we will begin with a few specific exercises and songs to get you off to a good start. After you've learned some basic chords, strumming patterns, and music reading, you'll have some input about what songs to learn. We'll incorporate many of these songs into your lessons, along with my own exercises and song choices, which are designed to keep you progressing steadily. As a teacher, my goal is to help you get to the point where you are able to learn songs without my help.
What musical style do you teach?
As a performer, I mostly play jazz. As an educator, I teach techniques and concepts that will serve as a foundation for any style except classical guitar. If you stick with the Godfrey Guitar System long enough, you'll be a well-rounded musician who is comfortable playing a variety of musical styles.
Are you available for in-person lessons?
If you live in Albuquerque, NM, I am available for lessons in your home or at my studio. Use the Contact Page to ask about in-person lessons.
Do you teach other instruments?
I also teach piano and ukulele, but only in person. If you would like to take guitar, piano, or ukulele lessons in person and you live in Albuquerque, please contact me.