Guitar Lessons by Stephen Carrington
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
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How long have you been playing guitar?
I've been playing for over 25 years now...incidentally, all the info you'd want to know about me, you'll find on the About Stephen page.
Is the first lesson really free?
I most certainly do offer a free, no obligation, one-hour introductory guitar lesson! I make a real effort for the prospective student to learn something in the intro lesson, too...but the true benefit for the student is that they can decide if my teaching style and personality are a good fit for them before they have to make a financial commitment. I've given dozens and dozens of free introductory lessons, and I am happy to continue to offer this service to all of my potential students.
Where is your studio located?
I am located near Wheeler High School and East Cobb Middle School, about 5 minutes or so from most of the major roads that are near me: I-75, Powers Ferry, Roswell Road, Johnson Ferry, Lower Roswell Road.
Do you offer lessons on the weekends?
At the present time, my normal lesson days are Monday through Thursday; however, I can sometimes make an exception if you have extenuating circumstances.
Where can I find the days and times that you offer lessons?
Check out my General Lesson Info page for all the details.
Do your lessons cost more if you come to me?
All lessons are priced according to how long each lesson is (whether 30-minute, 45-minute, or a full hour); check out the Rates page for more info. BUT, there is a travel fee for most non-studio lessons (that is, for lessons where I come to you). Find out all the details about the travel fee here.
I've taken lessons before, and the teacher was great...but the day after each lesson, I couldn't remember most of the little details and specifics that we went over during the lesson. What do you do that will help me out with this?
Every studio lesson is video- and audio-recorded, at no charge to you. Upon request (and once you provide me with a valid email address), I will send those to you within a day or so of the end of each lesson. The audio recordings are compact mp3 files, so they are easily downloaded and still sound very good. The video files are QuickTime movie files, and the camera is trained right on my guitar the whole time; it's (almost) just like being there in the lesson again!
Non-studio lessons are also audio-recorded, at no charge; please just request that they be emailed to you (and provide a valid email address), and I will send those within a day or so of the end of the lesson. A video recording of any non-studio lesson can also be made for an additional $5 per lesson; please schedule that service ahead of time, so I know to bring the equipment with me to the lesson. See here for more info about audio and video recordings of the lessons.
I played your spare guitar at my last lesson, and then when I got home, I couldn't play the parts that we had worked on as well anymore on my guitar. What happened?
It's possible that your guitar needs a set-up; I try to make sure all of my guitars are always set up properly, and sometimes that can make all the difference in the world with regards to playability of a particular piece. Bring your guitar in next time and I'll look it over; in the meantime, check out my Set-Up and Repair Rates.
Do you work on amps and effects pedals, too?
No, but I will try to direct you to the best repair facility that I can, depending on your specific needs; give me a call and we'll discuss it.
I want to take lessons before I buy a guitar, to make sure I like it before I spend the money on an instrument. Do you have an extra guitar I could use during lessons?
While I do have an extra guitar here at the studio, in case a student arrives at their lesson and then realizes they forgot their guitar, I would not be able to loan it out to a student between lessons; it stays at the studio so it's always available if any student needs it. The time between lessons is what really counts, and without a guitar to practice what you've learned at each lesson, you won't get very far.
I would recommend either finding a friend that can loan you a guitar for a while, or just find a good deal on a reasonable used guitar (you may want to take a guitar-playing friend along with you when you buy it, to make sure you get a suitable instrument). If you later decide it's not for you, the guitar can usually be resold for somewhere around what you paid for it.