For most beginner guitar students, I recommend starting with a 30-minute lesson. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, it's important to assess your level of interest in the instrument during the first few lessons. Learning to play the guitar can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on what you want to be able to play, how often you practice and the quality of your practice sessions.
Practicing the guitar requires a lot of concentration, and it's difficult to stay focused for too long. To help you get started, check out JamPlay, a website that offers singing lessons for guitarists. Additionally, your local music store should have guitar experts who can help you find the right guitar for your size, hand shape, playability and type of music you want to learn. We also have a guide to help you select the best starting guitar for your skills and goals: the best guitar for beginners.
A good tuner to start with is the Joyo guitar tuner, which attaches to the guitar head and tunes using vibrations.Many prospective new students come to their first lesson with preconceived notions of how long their guitar lesson should last. However, if you don't have a structured plan or direction in your lessons, it can take longer to reach your goals. To make the most of your class time, you may need to practice for many hours at home after each one-hour lesson. I have been playing guitar for more than 20 years and teaching both private and online students for more than a decade.
I use DVDs of guitar lessons from my favorite guitarists to stay in good shape and learn as many techniques as possible. If the primary caregiver or parent attends the lesson, the rest of the lesson time can be used to review with parents what they learned during the lesson, so that parents can help reinforce at home.It's important to remember that there's a big difference between playing the guitar one hour a day and practicing the guitar one hour a day. If you watch videos of half-baked lessons on YouTube, mess with your guitar and call it “practice”, and only practice a couple of times a week, it will take you much longer to get where you want to be.