If you’ve made it this far through our website, you’ll know that we offer guitar and drum lessons at Splinter Studios. But we wanted to put together a little guide to help you select the right person to steer you or your loved one through their career in music.
One of the things we pride ourselves on at Splinter, is our fairness and honesty with our customers. Having been (and still are) students ourselves, you can find yourself wasting money on the wrong kind of lessons, which will find you quitting the instrument very shortly after.
So over the next three points, we hope to give you some tips of what to look for and what to avoid in your lessons:
- KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
There are so many different styles of music, and within that there are tonnes of different genres. There will be some that may interest you and you’d like to play. Or perhaps, you have no interest in other music and want to just make your own.
Each tutor will have their own style. For example, I am a rock drummer. There are many different styles of music that I can play, but I have spent years learning popular music beats, double kick and all the other skills needed for playing along to songs that you will hear on the radio. One genre I am no expert in, is Jazz. I have never attempted to learn it and have little interest in it.
So if you called Splinter Studios and asked for jazz drumming lessons, we would kindly suggest some other options for you. We have found previously though, others will accept the lessons and palm you off with second rate jazz skills. This is costing you money and time.
- YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR (SOMETIMES)
We’d like to consider ourselves reasonably priced at Splinter. We aren’t the cheapest, but are nowhere near the most costly.
So why not go for the cheapest lessons around? Experience has taught us that for the most part you get what you pay for. The Musicians Union recommends that private teachers charge £33 per hour. This is obviously a average number that doesn’t factor in what instrument, location, ability or experience.
If you have found a tutor, check their prices against local competitors and see how they match up. If they are high priced, they could have the expertise to back it up. Or they could just well be greedy… On the other hand, if they are ridiculously cheap, why are they? Are they graded? Have they the ability needed to get you playing the way you want too or will you be out growing them quickly?
You can find out all about our experience and ability through our lessons page or YouTube channel.
- LOCATION X 3
One of the important things we found when looking for lessons ourselves, is actually where the lessons take place. This will often vary depending on the instrument you are looking to learn. You won’t find many drum teachers giving lessons in their terraced house, where it might be quite common with guitars.
Everyone has their own preference with this, so it’s not up to us to suggest what is best. Just find somewhere you are comfortable and ensure that you are learning on some decent gear. There are plenty of budget options available to tutors, so there is no excuse for shabby gear.
That is pretty much it. Just think a little more carefully when booking lessons to ensure you get the right teacher for you. Don’t be swayed by fantasised sloganeering. There is no governing body handing out ‘Best Studio in the World’, ‘Best Drum Teacher in the Galaxy’ titles. They are being made up to sway your business. Good teachers will come with good reputations and a busy diary.