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Success On Guitar Starts With The Right Method

  •  Are you unsure what to learn, and when to learn it?
  •  Have you hit a plateau in your playing, making no progress over weeks, months, or even years?


Well, I understand how you feel. In fact, many of the students who’ve come to me have been just like you. They don’t know where to go, and they aren’t making any progress.

They see others who make it look easy and they don’t understand what’s wrong with them. Why can’t they play guitar? The traditional step afterwards is to begin to blame their fingers, coordination, or something else that they can’t change, just so they don’t feel bad.

But learning plateaus are not your fault, and they’re also not the fault of some unchangeable circumstances. The fault lies with the learning process that you’ve been using— because it’s INCOMPLETE! Most guitar lesson methods don’t provide the necessary elements for you to grow as a guitar player.

George (3rd-year student): “I think that Chris Glyde is a fantastic guitar teacher. I’ve been learning from him for almost a year now, and he is by far one of the best musicians I’ve ever met. He understands music theory and the physical awareness of technique, including the importance of relaxing the body, as well as songwriting and how to compose.”

Maybe you tried to teach yourself through YouTube or other online resources:

This is the first thing that people usually try to do. Unfortunately, 90% of the people who try to learn from YouTube never make any real significant progress. What the Youtube method lacks is a support system to motivate,engage and direct you in your studies.

The second problem with the YouTube method is that you have to teach yourself, but you don’t have the background or knowledge with which to do so. Thus, you have to learn through trial-and-error. You’re also going to be bombarded by misleading or inaccurate information that can be easily offered by every guitar player with a webcam.

You may have tried to teach yourself with books or other paid subscription services that provide video lessons:

These services can be nice supplementary materials, but they can’t be the basis of your learning. If you buy books randomly on a whim, you’ll be going in a direction that may or may not be in your best interests. There’s no clear path, and you’ll be making your way through your studying of music as if you were stranded in a jungle and you forgot to bring your machete…Progress will be SLOW.

Books and subscription services expand the scope of your musical maze. However, you still lack the necessary skills, tools, and guidance to navigate it.

Matt (3rd-year student):  “It’s always fun to come to a lesson! It never feels like work.”

You may have been disappointed by other guitar teachers in Rochester:

I’ve had many students come to me whose guitar teachers taught song after song for YEARS! However, this doesn’t work. At Rochester’s School of Guitar, we believe that songs are important, but we also believe that they can’t be the only thing you learn or focus on. Song-only instruction may be a step up from Youtube, but learning song after song will never make you a good guitar player.

This method is one of the reasons why people think that they can teach themselves, and with instruction based on songs only, they would be correct.

You don’t need a teacher to teach you songs. That’s all on the Internet. You need a teacher to guide you, train you, and help you apply and integrate your skills.

A really great guitar teacher will not only teach you songs. Songs can be a part of the education, but you need to do more than just learn a song as it is written.

Ashley K (2nd-year student):  “When I tried to teach myself I didn’t have any rubric to follow and therefore didn’t have to hold myself accountable for material in any period of time. I need the guidance and support of a teacher to push me along and improve. I’ve found that in my lessons with Chris and glad I made the decision to start lessons.”

All of these various methods are like wandering around in a maze with no map. You may get lucky and make some progress, but most people hit a dead end very quickly.

However, imagine if you could turn the maze of musical information into a straight and simple path. No more forks in the road, no more unnecessary stress, because now you’re traveling with a GPS, and you know exactly where to go and when to go there.

It took me years of studying with the RIGHT teacher, and years of studying alot of teaching methods, in order to find out what I was missing so that I could finally make serious progress. You don’t need to waste years. I don’t want you to waste years.

YOU CAN GET THERE FASTER. My teaching methods are the GPS to your musical goals!

You will get to your destination faster. You will remain focused. You will know which paths to take and which ones to avoid.

I will monitor your progress so that if you slip from your path, I will quickly reroute you and get you moving in the right direction again.

My methods are designed to help keep you accountable, keep you learning more, keep you having fun, and making the whole process as relaxing and productive as possible. No matter the goal, I can guide you right toward it.

My path to learning how to play the guitar was bumpy, unclear, and unfocused. I spent years learning to undo the bad habits that I formed while teaching myself for an entire year!

I felt defeated and upset. I wanted to learn guitar so badly, and I knew many people who had improved much faster than I was. I definitely didn’t have ANY natural talent. When I just started learning, I tensed up so much that my back hurt and I could barely string even a couple chords together.

Ian:(2nd-year student) “I love the atmosphere, the people here are really nice, and Chris is a really good teacher.”

But this doesn’t need to happen to you! Or, if it is already happening to you, you don’t need to keep going through it. End your struggle now!

Imagine if you could:

  •  Say good-bye to ruts and plateaus
  •  Develop playing skills quickly
  •  Have a more fun, and engaging experience
  •  Eliminate the stress and guesswork in learning guitar
  •  Have a musical outlet in a space outside of your bedroom
  •  Save time and money by reaching your goals faster
  •  Impress your friends with your guitar skills
  •  Meet like-minded musicians and people working towards the same goal
  •  Enjoy the experience of learning guitar
  •  Learn how to practice so that you can make progress every time you pick up the instrument
  •  Go more-in depth than the typical Rochester guitar lesson
  •  Learn a skill that you can carry with you for the rest of your life
Mike: (2nd-year student) “Under Chris’s tutelage, my chord changes have gotten a lot faster, and I’m learning songs a lot more easily as well. I tried teaching myself before, but I could never get through certain frustrating barriers and plateaus.”

You will also benefit from

Rochester’s School of Guitar does not offer a commodity service. The service, method, and experience that you receive here will be totally different from that being offered by any other school in Rochester offering guitar lessons. When taking lessons at Rochester’s School of Guitar:



Proven And Tested Curriculum:

No more winged lessons. At Rochester’s School of Guitar, the teacher tells you what to learn. You don’t tell a math teacher how to teach you math, so you shouldn’t have to tell a guitar teacher how to teach guitar.

You don’t know what you’re doing, but the teacher does-or at least they should. Rochester’s School of Guitar has a set curriculum that’s been tested and proven to help you reach any playing level that you desire.

Our expertise will allow you to relax and enjoy the learning process, and to know with confidence that you will become the guitar player that you want to be.

Personalized Content:

Every bit of information that you are given at Rochester’s School of Guitar—as well as the songs that you will play—will be personalized to your specific needs, situation, and current skill level. This will allow you to move at your own pace so that you can relax and enjoy the learning process without feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. And this will also allow you the opportunity to move very fast through the levels if you’re looking for a heavier workload and quicker results.

Whatever you put in is what you will get back, and this works great for both the business trip enthusiasts and the practice savants.


Multiple Class Options:

Again, Rochester’s School of Guitar doesn’t offer a commodity service.

There are multiple types of classes that you can take and learn from as your skills move beyond the foundational level. This will keep you motivated to continue to learn, and it will also give you new and exciting options to explore as you continue on your guitar-playing journey.


Kathleen (2nd year student):  “Chris’s teaching methods are quite amazing! He prides himself in his work, and therefore makes me want to become a better player and take pride in my own work as well. He is unlike any other teacher that I’ve ever had, and that’s a wonderful thing!”

P.S. Rochester’s School Of Guitar will help you have more fun and starting to enjoy the actual process of learning guitar. So why wait and continue to struggle, when you can end it all by filling out the form on this page.

P.P.S. My schedule is first-come, first-served, so if it fills up, you’ll be stuck struggling the way you always have. But I don’t want this to happen to you. End your struggle today by signing up for a lesson.

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Do you have any certifications?

I am a member of the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle.

The Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle is a group of expert guitar teachers from around the world who were mentored by the world’s most successful guitar teacher, Tom Hess. In the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle, teachers exchange ideas and teaching methods in order to provide students with the most effective, efficient, and fun lessons possible.

What does this mean for you?

You will be taught and trained using the most effective teaching methods in the world.

I also attend the International Guitar Teachers Super Summit, which is a weeklong event held every three years. During this event, guitar teachers from around the world meet and train on more advanced teaching concepts.

2. I see that this page focuses primarily on beginners. Do you only teach beginning guitar players? In addition, to beginner skills, what other styles do you teach?

I teach all levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The focus of this page is on beginners, simply because there are more of them. As far as styles are concerned, I do teach primarily contemporary styles of music and my focus lies in rock, pop, blues and metal guitar.

3. What if I’m not sure that I’m even capable of playing the guitar?

This kind of idea is just in your head. Without even meeting you, I can already tell you that you can become the guitar player that you want to become. I know and have met many great guitar players of all shapes and sizes—big fingers, long fingers, and small fingers. They all played well.

The secret to your ability to play the guitar lies in your patience. You need to be patient with yourself. There’s a beginner bump until the 6-to-8 month mark, and if you’re patient enough to make it that long, you will be a guitar player.

I will personally make sure that you stay persistent and dedicated to yourself so that you can reach your target with ease.

4. How long will all this take?

Learning how to play guitar will take just as long as it needs to. Everyone is different and has different challenges, but anyone who stays on the path ultimately gets what they came for. My lessons are designed to allow you to work at your own pace and to challenge you at your own specific level.

5. Am I too old to learn the guitar?

You’re never too old to learn how to play the guitar. Are there a couple of hurdles to learning guitar that appear when you’re older? Yes, there are some. You’ve been using/manhandling your hands for a long time now, and you’ve probably developed some bad habits, but that shouldn’t upset you.

There is no reason that you can’t become a good guitar player. I have special programs for older students that can whips their hands into shape and get them moving. If you really want it, you can learn to play.

6. When I was learning before, I struggled to stay motivated, and eventually I didn’t practice at all. Will these lessons help to keep me motivated?

The answer to this question is a resounding “YES”. The traditional methods of guitar instruction don’t keep a student motivated to practice-that’s very true. However, Rochester’s School of Guitar has a method to do just that.

There are programs you may join if you really want to play guitar, but lack the motivation or the discipline to practice regularly on your own. If this is your main problem, I encourage you to contact me and schedule a free introductory lesson where we can discuss the details of the matter.

7. I don’t live in Rochester. Can I still take lessons?

Of course you can. Rochester’s School of Guitar proudly provides guitar lessons for Rochester and all surrounding areas. For example, some of my students drive all the way from Batavia and Canandaigua on a regular basis. That’s easily a 1-hour round-trip drive.

8. I’m a very busy person. Sometimes I work later than other days, and I often go out of town for a week at a time. Will I still be able to take lessons?

All of the lessons times are flexible. You will be able to take lessons at your own convenience. Frequently having to go out of town often shouldn’t deter you from taking lessons. In fact, I can guarantee that Rochester’s School of Guitar will provide you with the most flexible lesson schedule compared to any of the the other providers of guitar lessons in Rochester.