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Old 11-11-2019, 06:10 AM
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Default Anyone heard of the Guitar Mastery Intensive program?

Interesting approach and perspective on teaching, if indeed it is different than other internet options.

https://www.guitarmasteryintensive.com/

Is anyone familiar with this program?

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Old 11-11-2019, 09:14 AM
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At 5k its a little out of my price range
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Old 11-11-2019, 09:54 AM
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At 5k its a little out of my price range
A little out of mine too. Do you know anything about it?
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:27 PM
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Did you find out any more info about the legitimacy of the guitar mastery intensive? Odd that they don't post the program cost on the website, that raised red flags for me.
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:33 PM
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Did you find out any more info about the legitimacy of the guitar mastery intensive? Odd that they don't post the program cost on the website, that raised red flags for me.
I didn't pursue it much more after finding out the cost (if I remember correctly, it was $5k plus). Sorry I don't have much more information for you.
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:57 PM
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Depending on how much 1-1 the program provides among other things, $5K for 3 months MAY possibly be warranted. However, there's also a limit to how much one can absorb and improve in endeavors such as music which is not merely intellectual but also physical. My son practices a musical instrument 4-6 hours daily under some of the highest level in person instruction, and is gifted as a musician. Even under those conditions, there are still limits to his growth.
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:29 PM
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I didn't see pricing on the site. If it's really $5000 for three months, that's about $385 per week. The description of the program makes it sound as if you get a weekly one-on-one session with an instructor, plus unlimited email access (and maybe live chats, too). That's a good amount of time, but I compare it to my one-on-one instruction with a live, in-person instructor I used to pay $80/hour once a week for. It's hard for me to see the value.

I consider myself a beginner (maybe an advanced beginner). Their description of the "intermediate" level player they cater to sounds like more of a true beginner to me.
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My red flags turned out to be warranted. I just got off the "interview" call with their "admissions department".

Multiple red flags:
- The interviewer mentioned during the call that they have a pretty extensive student interview process. They appear to say this to boost the applicant's ego. I literally did nothing but submit the application. Just after I submitted my application, I received a request to set up a time for an interview call. Then at the end of the call, I was offered a seat in the program...sounds like an extensive and thorough interview process...

- The interviewer avoided talking about the cost of the program ($5995) until the very end where they try to immediately rope you into paying $1000 to hold your seat. After I expressed some hesitation to pay immediately on the call, the interviewer started to sound like a telemarketer and that if I were to hang up and not make a financial commitment, I would have no chance in continuing with this semester's program.

- After I expressed that it would be helpful if they were more transparent about the cost and had it available on the website and that I would need more time to consider this, the interviewer guilted me by stating they made it clear at the beginning of the call that a financial investment would be asked for at the end of the conversation.

- I asked about the scholarships they offer to underrepresented folks, and they said they offer scholarships up to 10% of the cost, but that they typically are only offered to "third world students".

- I asked if they could get me in contact with a past student so that I could ask them about their experience in the program, and they said that's not possible. They offered the chance to speak to a mentor/teacher.

Once I started to ask my questions about the program/cost/etc and started to express my concerns, the interview quickly became manipulative and borderline abusive (guilting me). I'd recommend to stay away.

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Let's see her do the 5 fret span, Ralph Towner chords on a standard scale.
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Were you instructed to pay said $1K deposit with a Walgreens gift card ?
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Looks dodgy as anything to me. Simple website with a bunch of vanilla stock images that anyone could build in 5 mins flat, no postal address, no price, no information about the course at all, just the ability to have them call you [and pressure you into handing over money].
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:10 AM
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Hey there,

Spencer here. I’m one of the founders here at Guitar Mastery Intensive. I want to just pop in here and provide a bit more transparency around who we are, and how our admissions process works.

We are pleased to have become a forum sponsor and have added a thread in the AGF Marketplace to announce our service. You can view it here. Within the detail is an explanation of how our business model works which should address the questions that have been raised in this thread.

We look forward to any inquiries you may have. Thank you.

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