When I took lessons as a kid it was memorization and playing the 1st 5 frets on each string. It was so monotonous that I quit. I discovered Phil on a recommendation and signed up my then 9 year-old daughter. In a couple months, she knew more than I had learned in years of lessons. She is 14 now and writing her own music.I’m so happy with Phil’s method that my 8 year-old son started with him last month, on the guitar we bought for my daughter 5 years ago. I recommend Phil for guitarists of all ages and all skill levels!