Time and time again I see kids (and adults) really keen to play an instrument having seen Jimmy Hendrix play for the first time and being absolutely blown away.
They picture themselves standing up there on stage, shredding behind their back with unmentionables being thrown at their feet.
All fired up and ready to go, they bug mum and dad for a white strat and sign up for some lessons, imagining themselves coming home after a few lessons being able to play the guitar. Easy right?
More often than not, after 6 weeks of learning theory and scales, they get disheartened because they are still not 'playing' the instrument but rather just stringing together a bunch of exercises that doesn't sound like music to them.
Now don't get me wrong, knowing and understanding (at least some) music theory and practicing hard and lots is paramount to mastering your instrument and being able to translate the music you hear in your head into actual sounds coming into the world.
All the potential practice and theory in the world wont get a student anywhere if they get bored and give up BEFORE they get hooked on the instrument and the enjoyment that playing can bring.
Get them hooked EARLY by teaching them some things they want to learn and make them feel like they are actually PLAYING GUITAR not just practicing scales.
Traditionalists will condemn me i'm sure for this perspective but I have seen it work time and time again.
Once the student is engaged and hooked, they will eventually be eager to learn the finer points of the theory in order to get closer to mastering their instrument.
The simple fact of the matter is that without dedication and practice from the students, the lessons are next to useless, and without enjoyment and a sense of progression, dedicated practice is next to impossible.
This is the philosophy that I employ in all my lessons and I personally find it to be really effective with less time and money wasted from the parents.