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Popular Mandolin Teachers Near Las Vegas

Patrick W.

Las Vegas, NV
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Bruce S.

Boulder City, NV
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Andrew C.

Henderson, NV
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Patrick W. Las Vegas, NV

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Hello and let me take this opportunity to thank you for taking time to stop by and check out my profile! I also want to encourage you regarding the decision to study music-it is truly a rewarding experience with endless possibilities. I certainly hope the following information answers any questions you have about me, but if you have any other queries please feel free to call or email me.

My Philosophy

I believe in the importance of finding one's purpose as well as recognizing the obligation that's implicit with this discovery. I count myself very fortunate to have found meaning in both music and teaching and even more privileged to observe that the best way to teach and inspire is to be a student oneself. I love to teach-I love seeing my passion for music mirrored in my students. It is this outlook that serves as my model for guiding and mentoring students down this journey in life.

I view a student's well-being and progress not only as my job, but also as the obligation referred to above. It is always my goal to establish a positive learning environment, and by so doing express the importance of disciplined practice while always making it fun! As is stated above, I see myself as a student of music and always will. I am constantly delving into musical literature, whether its history, theory, or psychology of music. This always enables me to bring new things to the table when teaching and helps in making practical applications towards whatever music my students want to study.

My Biography

An accomplished musician, I've been playing both bass and guitar since he the age of fifteen. Soon after picking up these instruments, I fell in love with classical music and decided to make my life's work the exciting task of making good music founded in knowledge and understanding of music theory. It is this outlook on music that has enabled me to develop into an award winning, multi-faceted artist. A songwriter, composer, teacher, and performer, I received a music scholarship to study classical guitar with William Yelverton with no prior education on the instrument. During the course of my studies, I was selected to study with professors and performers of international acclaim, such as faculty from the Julliard School, Peabody Conservatory, and Cleveland Institute of Music. My classical background has aided me in other styles of music, ranging from metal to easy listening. I currently play bass with Sony Artist/Writer Brandon Pruitt (Country artist) and guitar for BMI Artist Ben Sturgell (Jazz/Pop artist) in addition to gigging frequently as a wedding musician. I serve as the Director of Marketing for the International Guitar Institute-a foundation for furthering classical guitar music all over the world. I hold a B.S. in Music Business and a B.M. in Guitar Performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is always to teach the reasons why music works.

-Why do the chords to this song sound good together?

-Why does the melody line that the vocalist is singing work?

-What technique is the guitarist doing during that last solo?

The most effective way to accomplish this is to use the songs that students want to learn as a platform for understanding music. Good lessons are much more than just learning songs-I ensure that my students are able to understand how songs are notated in tablature and chord charts within the first month of lessons. Good lessons are about appreciating what is going on within the music. To achieve this, I supplement individually orchestrated lessons with various studies and assignments. For example, if a student wants to study blues lead guitar, we might complement the techniques with classical technical studies to improve facility in the blues style. If a student desires to study compositional aspects, we might look at Rimsky-Korsakov's texts on orchestration or Joe Pass's writings on chord structure. If a student wants to look at singing/songwriting, we would study sight-singing, poetry and song structure. It's my desire to take students where they want to go with music-I love all kinds of good music and am constantly expanding my knowledge in various genres.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instruments and amps. They need to provide the same as well as notebooks for our lesson material.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Bass, Music Theory, Mandolin, Banjo.
Mel Bay and Suzuki (not quite fully certified, but have completed "Every Child Can") are the standards I use for children; . Extensive classical training including sight reading and theory/composition. Played in rock bands and jazz combos. Now gigging in Nashville playing guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo with country and pop acts, as well as classical guitar for weddings and dinner parties.

Bruce S. Boulder City, NV

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Trombone, Ukulele, Violin

About Me

I received my degree from the University of Utah in instrumental music education. Along with specialized training in band and orchestra instruments, I also offer lessons in guitar, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica in playing and performance. When a student has a song they want to learn, I focus lessons around the requested song. I also have an extensive library of songs that I utilize. My music methodology is built around a song book that also has a CD attached. This has proven to be a lot of fun for all my students. It makes practice time more fun as they "play along" with the CD.

*** Lesson Details ***
With folk instruments I start by teaching the student basic chords and basic chord sequences.
In the beginning I stress the proper hand position and I spend some time perfecting the best finger position. This eliminates a lot of problems that will come up later. For the first songs I teach them songs that use those same chords and chord sequences. Soon after that I teach them how to read music. This is vital to being able to play lead on any folk instrument. As the student progresses he or she is exposed to many different styles of music I also will teach several different picking and strumming patterns. .The student is also taught about more advanced chord progressions and music theory that can be used in any situation.

For brass instruments I teach techniques in developing breath control and embouchure development. Attention to these details will eliminate problems that could come up in the future. The student will learn how to read music from the start. As the student develops these basic techniques I begin working on tone development and breath support. As the student progresses he or she will be exposed to many different musical styles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: Instruments, bookshelves, open space, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can rent a guitar/banjo.
I can provide an amplifier.
I can provide PA and analog recording equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Developed method for teaching very young students as well as adolescents and adults.

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Andrew C. Henderson, NV

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Andrew earned an Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) Degree from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, graduating in October 2008. He was one of 6 honors graduates in a class of 2000, learning every day from the best contemporary music teachers in the world. Nine months after graduation, he took a gig as a show/orchestra musician with Holland America Cruises. The same orchestra was also responsible for playing party/dance sets around the pool areas and in other lounges on the ships. After eight contracts with them over a 3.5 year period, he did one contract with Royal Caribbean, and one contract with Celebrity Cruises. These experiences took Andrew to over 70 countries on 5 continents, while working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. On a daily basis, these gigs entailed receiving a stack of music charts in the afternoon, having a one-hour rehearsal with that night's entertainer, and then playing the show the same night, as if the band had been practicing it for years. Between this responsibility, and the diverse backgrounds of his co-workers, Andrew learned people skills and stress management skills that most musicians will never get the chance to learn. During his spare time onboard, he taught himself ukulele, mandolin, and banjo between 2010 and 2013. After arriving in Las Vegas in October 2013 he was asked to join "The Las Vegas Goodfellas" in early November. They are a group fronted by three male singers that has been a regular fixture in many casino showrooms on and off The Strip, at various corporate events, and at private parties, since 2007. They have also been 3-time winners of "The Best Band in Las Vegas" award from the Las Vegas Review Journal Fan Poll. Andrew began teaching music lessons in the area in early December 2013 and since then has acquired eleven private students ranging from ages 7 to 70 which include instruction on guitar(6), banjo(2), ukulele(2), and mandolin(1). Lessons will teach students the artistic, academic, and conceptual parts of music, as well as the subjects that can only be learned from working professionals, such as performance issues, the right and wrong ways to practice, modern equipment and technology advice, networking, and what it really takes to actually make music a career if the student so desires. Although students can learn a scale or how to strum a song if that is the goal, they can also go significantly beyond that if necessitated, requested, or desired.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music Theory (Building Scales, Harmonizing Scales into Chords)
Ear Training
Single String Concepts (Scales, Arpeggios, Intervals)
Rhythm Concepts (Chords, Blending with a Band)
Learning Songs
Writing Licks, Lines, Chord Progressions, Charts, and Songs
Techniques (Pick vs. Fingers vs. Hybrid Picking)
Acoustic vs. Electric vs. Nylon String
Slide and Steel Guitar
Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, and Other Doubling Instruments
Playing in a Stylistically Appropriate Manner
Choosing the Right Equipment for the Gig or Project
Music Reading
How to Practice
How to Market Yourself to Acquire Work

*** Studio Equipment ***
various electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo. A few different amplifiers, and many different pieces of effect and accessory equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
various electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo.

*** Specialties ***
All Contemporary Styles (Rock, Blues, Country and Country Rock, Mo-Town, Jazz, Latin, Latin Jazz, Fusion, Metal and Tapping Style, Theater)

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