1. Tell Your Teacher
The most basic thing you can do to help overcome being nervous in a guitar lesson is to tell your teacher you are nervous. Once this has been established and said aloud, it clears the path for open communication. Being able to communicate with your guitar instructor will help you feel more comfortable, which in return will calm down your nerves when your teacher reaffirms with you that what you are feeling is completely normal and that he understands you. Though your teacher can tell when a student is nervous (which is pretty much all students he meets), it still helps for you to voice that in your lesson, as your openness about your vulnerability creates a deeper connection between you and your teacher. By telling him you’re nervous, he will be able to reassure you and you will feel less pressure.
2. Be Prepared
Being prepared for your guitar lesson is an essential part of having an effective and productive lesson. The more you practiced your lesson homework prior to the lesson meeting, the more relaxed you will be during your lesson and the more you will get out of that lesson. Now, your teacher very well knows that you could have a bad week, or an intensely busy week, which made it hard for you to find enough time to get all the material mastered for that week. No problem: tell him that when you walk in, and you will feel a burden fall of off your shoulders instantly. Being honest and open upfront is one of the best ways to battle nervousness before it kicks in.
3. Get Comfortable Outside Your Comfort Zone
Growth does not happen while you are in your comfort zone. In order to learn how to improve your skills and knowledge of the music you are playing, you must push yourself to do things that are uncomfortable such as for example; hosting mini performances at your home. When you become less nervous practicing in front of more people, you will also become less nervous during guitar lessons. Your teacher’s job is to constantly challenge you out of your comfort zone, giving you tasks you cannot pull off. He is there to help you and support you. He is taking you out of your comfort zone to push your musical growth and to improve your playing ability. Keeping in mind that he does so because he cares about you and your progress, takes care of the nerves.
4. Your Teacher Was Not Born a Teacher
When your teacher started out playing guitar he certainly didn’t pick up a guitar and automatically was born an incredible guitar teacher. He had to go through music lessons for many years and has been in the exact same position you are in now. A great guitar teacher never stops studying and practicing either. He continues to practice and learn more about guitar so that he can better help you, but he once sucked at it too: so it’s safe to assume your teacher has experienced his fair share of nervousness himself. Remember that your teacher is there to help you become a better musician, not judge and criticize you. You don’t have any reason to be self-conscious:
5. Enjoy Yourself
One of the many great ways you can calm your nerves while in a guitar lesson is to remember to enjoy yourself. When you’re focused on the fact that you enjoy playing guitar, most of your nervousness will slip away. The more you focus on the feeling of joy of learning new things that you are feeling, and on the joy of hearing yourself instantly sound better through the advice your teacher gives you in the lesson, the less nervous you are going to be. Build a relationship with your guitar instructor and have fun with him!
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