The following FAQ is a few answers to some of the questions we quite often get sent. If you have a question that isn’t answered on the following frequently asked questions page; please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What instruments do you teach?
We teach acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and music/fretboard theory.
Can you teach me to read music?
Of course. We teach reading chord sheets, reading both standard music notation and TAB/tablature. For reasons too deep to go into here; reading music is less essential to being a good guitarist (in fact; most working guitarists don’t read music/read music poorly). However; we can show you the basics of reading notation on guitar, as well as how to read TAB, a much loved shortcut for guitarists.
Can you teach piano or keyboard?
Whilst both of our teachers can play piano to a degree and understand piano theory, we don’t teach piano or keyboard. We have several recommendations for local piano teachers, including Dion Read from Counterpoint Music, and Rebecca Verbeek (private tutor). For more information please contact us.
Can you teach me the drums?
Nope. We wouldn’t wish a drum lesson from us on anybody. There are several GREAT drum teachers in Brisbane, including our good friends Scott Wade from STW Drumming and Dane Pulvirenti from The Beat Cleaver. For more information please contact us.
Do you offer tutoring for high school music?
We sure do. Contact us for more information.
What age do you teach people from?
Although it can vary from child to child; as a general rule of thumb, we typically don’t teach under the age of 6. As for those mature-aged learners at the other end of the age spectrum; the only stipulation we have is that you always remember that you’re never to old to learn something new!
I’ve got my first lesson booked with Stringz Guitar Studio! What should I bring along with me?
Just your guitar! We have everything else we need here. As you continue with us, we’d recommend you pick up an A4 folder of plastic sleeves of some description to keep your music all together, but this isn’t super necessary for lesson #1.
I play electric guitar (and/or my acoustic guitar has an electric pickup), should I also bring my amplifier to lessons?
It’s not necessary for you to bring your amplifier along; as our teaching studios have multiple amplifiers (both for acoustic and electric guitar) that are ready for you to use. That said, if you want to bring your amplifier along we can give you specific instruction on how to use it.
How much are your lessons?
The short answer is $36 per half hour. We have a detailed breakdown of our lesson costs on our costs of lessons page. Your initial lesson at Stringz Guitar Studio is completely free.
Do you teach groups of people? How many is too many?
We absolutely do teach group lessons! As part of our Stringz Kidz program or on our studio premises, we will teach groups of up to 8. More information can be found on our Group Lessons page.
Weekly lessons are difficult to fit into my busy lifestyle, do you teach fortnightly or monthly?
We don’t, we teach week to week for many reasons; the most important of which is that weekly half hour lessons reflect the ideal frequency for your growth as a musician.
A 30 minute lesson just isn’t long enough, do you offer 45 minute or 60 minute lessons?
Due to the sheer volume of students we teach, we have to work according to half hour blocked timetables; so a 45 minute lesson is not something we can offer. That said; a 60 minute lesson is easily available by simply booking two half hour lessons together. Contact us for more information.
I don’t think my guitar is in the right state of repair to learn on, can you help?
Yes, we can. We offer a range of repairing and restoration work, from simple restrings to more complex repairs. Contact us for more information.
What kind of songs do you teach?
We teach everything from the fun of pop to the complexities of heavy metal and jazz. If you want to strum a favourite song of yours and not give it a second thought, we can absolutely show you how to do just that. If you want to thoroughly dissect and analyse a piece of music, the chords, the writer’s tricks, techniques and intentions, we can show you that too!
Can you help me learn a specific song or piece of music?
Absolutely! We teach a lot of songs, and we know a lot of guitar songs, so if there’s a song you’d like to learn, we can definitely help! Obviously there’s caveats to this, we won’t be looking at any Chet Atkins or Steve Vai in your first few lessons, but every piece of music can inspire learning!
Do you do house calls?
We don’t, we only teach from our premises and we offer group lessons at several local state primary and state high schools as a part of our Stringz Kidz program. For more information please contact us.
Do you teach the banjo?
We don’t. The banjo is a wonderful (and honestly, pretty misunderstood) instrument, and whilst it’s similar enough to guitar or to the mandolin (which we do teach), it remains a very specialist thing. We do however teach bluegrass style/fingerpicking guitar and a lot of the techniques can cross over to the banjo. That said, get in contact with us, we have a few recommendations for local banjo teachers.
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