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Greetings! I hope to be of great guidance in your musical journey.
Throughout my music career, I've had the chance to learn from some very remarkable master musicians of many styles.
First picking up the classical and electric guitars at age 13, I began to play classical guitar for my middle school's guitar ensemble, as well as electric guitar for the school's Rock Ensemble. I also played clarinet and alto sax for those two years, but it was very clear to me that guitar was my passion.
Under the direction of the legendary Doug Burris at MBSH, I completed his 4 year classical guitar program in 3 years (I graduated a year early), and was a member of the classical guitar quartet as well as the school's famous Rock Ensemble (est. 1972). I got to travel across the country to compete in several music festivals and evaluations since; achieving many awards and acknowledgements.
Since my first guitar course, I was tutoring the class. This, along with my passion for music, guitar, and teaching drove me to eventually become a private guitar teacher at age 15. I have since taught all types of students, with great results. In addition to teaching private lessons, I also have a website with short text/video lessons on guitar licks and techniques.
Primarily a rock/metal/neoclassical/shred guitarist, I specialize in electric guitar (6 and 7 string), but am also available for beginner classical guitar and electric bass as well as general technique/theory lessons. Though primarily influenced by virtuoso shredders, I consider myself a very open minded musician and appreciate all styles of music. Whether you're a beginner just learning your first scale or have been playing for a while and want to get to the next level of understanding and performance, I can help!
-Custom Carvin DC727 7-string electric guitar
-Limited Edition Spector Legend Professional 5-string bass
-Raimundo Classical guitar
-Takamine Acoustic guitar
-Peavey 6505+ combo guitar tube amp/several practice amps
-FL studio producer edition w/Slate drums
With almost 20 years of music education experience, I have developed a super fun and effective teaching method that has proven to work. I am a kid at heart and love working with children. And as the oldest child of 6, I possess the necessary patience and enthusiasm for their learning development. In addition, I have worked with many adult students who initially thought it was "too late" for them to learn an instrument. They proved themselves wrong and were very successful with their new found talent. I have been a professional recording artist and live performer since the age of 15. I began teaching around the same time as a way of earning extra spending money. As the years went on, I fell more in love with teaching and formed a career out of it. So come join me on this musical journey and give the gift of music!!
*** Lesson Details ***
Learn your favorite songs!!
Have fun while you learn!!
Any style!! Any age!!
Expert with children and beginners!!
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have any necessary equipment needed. Guitars, amps, chords, pedals, etc.
*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Funk, Country, Classical, Soul, Reggae
Professional guitarist/vocalist since 1976. Performed in Rock bands, Show Bands, Calypso bands, Jazz bands, and, yes, Wedding Bands. I have performed as a solo guitarist for wedding ceremonies, art shows, and other private functions. I have also performed on the trumpet and saxophone in bands, and on the violin and cello for wedding ceremonies.
Private guitar and bass instructor since 1984; Orchestral strings instructor since 1988.
My students benefit from my professional experience in that they focus directly on what is necessary as a performer and don't waste time on strictly theoretical exercises.
*** Lesson Details ***
When students take lessons from me I take some time to get to know their reasons for wanting to play the instrument and who their favorite artists/bands are. That way I can gear the lessons towards their interests which keeps them motivated and helps them relate what they're learning to "real-world" music.
I try to make the learning of music and technique as much fun as possible using challenges and games.
I base my lessons on a research based curriculum called "Jump right In" where students will eventually learn to "hear" the music they are reading the same way one hears the words they are reading in a book. Then, based on their age and interests, I use whatever instrumental technique books I feel are best suited for that particular individual.
After 3-6 months guitar students should be able to read and play basic chord progressions and simple single note melodies both by ear and by using standard music notation. This will mostly be in first position.
Similarly, Bass students should be able to read and play bass lines that fit basic chord progressions, and be able to play simple single note melodies in first position.
String students should have basic control of the bow and be able to read and play simple melodies by ear and by using standard music notation on at least 3 strings in first position.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, sound system, chairs, music stands, Keyboard with rhythm section, and a computer with a vast selection of music for listening and performing.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide supplemental materials, my own guitar and music stand and an Mp3 recorder to record lessons.
I expect students to purchase a method book, their own instrument, a music stand and a tuner.
*** Specialties ***
I am familiar with most band and string methods as well as the Gordon/Grunow "Jump Right In" method.
I perform in all styles from Classical to Calypso and everything in between.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."