FAQ – Elite Guitar Coaching

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need coaching? Can’t I learn by myself? There is so much free info on the internet!

This is like saying “I am feeling sick, but why do I need to go to a Doctor – there are so many different medicines to try out at the drug store”! Also, remember that Quantity of Information does not equal Quality of Content. When becoming more skilled at something is IMPORTANT to you, the most efficient way to achieve that is to get someone who is TRAINED to help you in getting these results! This is true for learning just about everything, from foreign languages to salsa dancing.

But I am not a beginner! My guitar playing is pretty decent! Why do I need a coach to help me develop?

If you follow any kind of sport, you will have noticed that ADVANCED players/teams need good coaches, not rank beginners. So the question is NOT if you are “good”; it is “Do you want to get BETTER”? If not, you probably should not be reading this. But, if you DO want to get better, keep on reading!

Are these Skype lessons?

Elite Guitar Coaching training is NOT Skype lessons! This is Asynchronous Daily Coaching – not watered down private lessons! Elite Guitar Coaching is the natural Evolution of both regular Private Music Lessons and Skype Lessons. It maximizes the advantages of both, without most of the hassles and the inherent limitations of those methods.

So these are PERSONALIZED lessons directly from you? This sounds expensive!

EGC classes are much less expensive than private lessons, even though the results are phenomenal!  Private lessons in my teaching studio would cost around 600% more than EGC classes.

Do I need access to Super-High-Speed Internet?

No, if you have access to regular internet speed is perfectly fine – as long as your connection is good enough to send & receive email and watch the occasional YouTube video, you will be fine. 

Do I need any special equipment or computer skills?

Not really. For optimum results, I suggest you have access to a web camera or a cell phone with a video camera. A few people make do with just audio recordings, but I suggest you need access to either a laptop camera or a cell phone for optimum results. 99.3% of EGC students don’t need to buy any new equipment to start their coaching sessions. 

How often do I get new lessons?

Your Coaching Materials are sent to you at the beginning of each month. You practice them according to the instructions provided with the materials and whenever you have completed the allocated practice hours, you can send me a video/audio recording, to get my feedback. Then, I will send you a new set of materials, which will be customized to YOUR level and your own playing (I cannot stress this enough, as you can see).

Can I stop if I feel this is not working for me?

Of course – you can stop at the end of any month, before the beginning of the next one. Just let us know and we will pause your subscription.

Can I contact you if I have any questions?

Yes, of course – I will answer you personally, as soon as I can, usually within 48 hours.

How can you understand my level of playing without seeing me in person?

There is a whole process I use to understand exactly what the level a new student is – a process that has been refined from over 25 years of professional music teaching. The easiest way to explain it is that a) you will complete a very detailed form on your background, preferences, and music goals b) A few days into the EGC program, I will ask you to send me a video of few specific samples of your playing and c) depending on how you absorb the coaching materials during the first month, I will fine-tune your upcoming coaching materials

Do I need to have an expensive/high-quality guitar before starting coaching?

Definitely not! Several students have started even with an acoustic guitar and then got their first Electric a few months down the line. Eventually, I might suggest upgrading your guitar, but this will be usually after several months or years down the line, and only if your guitar is holding you back. This is rarely the case when starting coaching 

I am VERY excited about having lessons from you! Can I have lessons twice a week?

Really, there is no reason to have extra lessons, unless you are preparing for a University entrance exam. In every other case, you will be given enough materials to keep you busy for a full month, no matter how much you practice. I suggest you save your extra cash for equipment upgrades and other music-related purchases – I am happy to advise you on anything related. 

How soon can I expect results?

If you FOLLOW the process I will outline for you and practice the things I will prescribe, progress will come very quickly – usually in a matter of weeks. It does depend on the time and focus you put into it, but it will be very, very soon. 

I have a couple of more questions not answered in this FAQ!

Email me at ioannis@ioannis.org and I will do my best to answer your questions directly (and possibly add them to this FAQ).

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