In my opinion, the most important aspect is to have fun with it all. Release the learning anxiety and let it flow making the onus completely on me and not the pupil! My teaching method is slightly unconventional or can be viewed as perhaps backwards. In that, I want to ensure that my pupils are engaged from the get go. From experience, this translates to totally holding off any meaningful theory up until the point where they are producing harmonic sounds from the guitar and have adequate dexterity. At this point I begin to layer the theory on seamlessly (I hope!) while constantly building and deriving what we are learning with application hoping to bring it all full circle. When my pupils look at the guitar, I want them to see a freedom of options across the whole fretboard to make their playing more inspirational and less conventional. It is this journey and mindset I would like to share with my pupils.
A quote that comes to mind is “Learn the rules like a pro so that you can break them like an artist.”