I started playing guitar at the age of 12, teaching myself before I moved on to taking professional lessons. At 15, I began performing in front of live audiences with a rock band, and loved every minute of it. Ever since then, I have been performing and recording, as well as writing/arranging music. I was privately tutored extensively in Music Theory, Harmony, Arrangement and Composition. I have played many stages over the years in various cover and original bands, from acoustic to rock, to blues, metal and southern rock. I feel that I can offer much from the viewpoint of a working musician in addition to your basic instrument lesson; from instrument set-up tips, to getting your own sound, to how to effectively use effects and performance tips. Personally, I enjoy rock and metal music from the 50's to present day, and I am a big fan of shred/lead-guitar oriented music. I also personally study and enjoy a lot of classical/medieval/renaissance music styles. As of Dec. 2011, I am also hosting a rock radio show, Adam G's Rock And Roll Universe.
*** Lesson Details ***
I strongly believe in customizing lesson plans for each, individual student depending on their goals/desires and the styles of music they are interested in. For younger students, I can go with a more generalized lesson plan focusing on basics, good technique, overall music/instrument knowledge and practice habits. I teach music theory in a very hands-on, practical approach that goes hand in hand with learning the instrument in a way that is simple and very easy to understand. Many of my students over the years have repeatedly told me that they progressed more in a shorter period of time when studying under myself than with other teachers they have been to. I don't believe in stringing students along, holding back when a student can handle a faster pace just to get more lessons out of them. I believe and am committed to progress, whether it be fast or slow, depending on the student's comfort level. I have been told by students that they appreciate my humour, and I believe music is supposed to be fun and can be very rewarding, depending on what you put into it.
*** Specialties ***
All styles of rock, metal, blues, neo-classical, pop.
have personally studied a lot of medieval-renaissance music as well as classical, but don't feel qualified to teach classical guitar, as I use an unorthodox fingerstyle approach when playing fingerstyle.