Dec 10, 2014
Blues Guitar ·
I've been taking guitar lessons with Kimberly since the beginning of 2011. At the time I'd had several years of lessons using a traditional method on acoustic guitar and was looking for a teacher who could help me focus on electric blues rock and move me beyond my intermediate skill level.
Kimberly has a real focus on and talent for teaching. My lessons are tailored to meet my interests. A large part of the lesson is devoted to learning her method for blues soloing--at least 5 approaches to improvisation and comping. After several years, I've come to see how these approaches interweave, complement each other and have become an intuitive part of my musical vocabulary.
Also, because I expressed an interest, part of the lesson involves sight reading, learning blues and jazz theory, developing rhythmic playing sense, and learning a few favorite solos. Kimberly has an amazing ability to tab out and teach any song you give her. Which leads to the best part--after 6 months I was invited to play with one of her ensemble classes. While I was absolutely petrified with fear at the beginning, this has turned into one of the highlights of my week every week. It is just downright fun! It's a safe and forgiving environment where you can make mistakes and learn, or try things out that might flop, or turn into something cool. Every teacher and guitar magazine article all point to the need to play with other musicians to develop your skills and this is where Kimberly Allison really delivers. I feel that I could now sit in with other musicians and contribute.
I give my highest recommendation for taking lessons with Kimberly.
Dec 10, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
I've been taking lessons with Kim, off and on as finances allowed, for 10+ years. Kim has a brilliant knack for being able to quickly assess what is needed to keep me moving forward in my study of music. We have primarily focused on bass with some guitar thrown in. That speaks to the flexibility and patience that this instructor possesses. She will keep lessons focused and moving forward,challenging me when it's called for, all in a gentle, affirming manner. I cannot speak highly enough about Kim's abilities both as a performing musician or as a music instructor. Nobody could go wrong with Kim as a teacher, she's been great!!
Dec 8, 2014
I've been taking lessons from Kimberly for three years now and still look forward to my weekly lessons. She is a great instructor and truly cares about your progress. After trying a couple instructors in the beginning then I found Kimberly I knew I never had to look again for a talented caring instructor I highly recommend her she's great!!
Dec 8, 2014
First off Kimberly is AWESOME. Did I say Kimberly is AWESOME! Just making sure I said Kimberly is AWESOME.
Kimberly is a PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN!
Teaching is her profession. She is devoted to it. She has chosen to be a teacher. She isn’t teaching because she isn’t good enuf to make money another way. She does it because she enjoys passing on her music experience and knowledge while giving her stability and a life in music too. This means she is totally professional. She shows up on time. She is prepared, communicative and focussed on you the student.
Kimberly’s professionalism extends to her way of doing business too. She has well thought out, reasonable rates and payment plans. Her online business is straightforward and user friendly.
Being one of her Online students (I live in Australia) she and I depend on Skype technology for our lessons. She is IT savvy. I am not saying she is a computer whiz…(maybe she is) but she has the right equipment for the job of online teaching and can give basic advice to those who want to join her online. She has students from as far away as Japan I think. So the technology works.
Kimberly is a GREAT MUSICIAN!
Notice I said Musician not just a Great guitar player
If you have been trying to find a music teacher you know that great guitar players do not necessarily make great guitar teachers.
Kimberly is BOTH!!
Her Knowledge and Experience as a Musician spans Jazz, Blues, Fusion and Classical genres.
Having all that knowledge and chops you might think she has an ego the size of the empire state building! She doesn’t. In fact there are many lessons between she and I where she didn’t even pick up the guitar. If you are like me you may have gone into many a guitar store and asked to play a cool guitar. The girl comes over and takes it off the wall for you and plugs it in…but before she hands it to you plays some wild riff 8 bars long and THEN gives you the guitar. I just don’t like that kind of showing off….Kimberly doesn’t show off. Stevie Ray Vaughn said something about his brother Jimmie Vaughn, “When I play I play 90% of what I know; when Jimmie plays he plays 10% of what he knows”. That’s Kimberly….from Blues, Metal, Classical she has the chops but doesn’t shove them down your throat but if you need them …she has them!
Kimberly is very very busy. But when you are with her she is not thinking about her next lesson she is focussed on you.
Kimberly understands Music and how to put students and music together.
The guitar is her main instrument but Kimberly can play and teach several instruments including the drums.
Kimberly is ALWAYS practicing and expanding her experience of Music she is not just a country player or a snobby jazz player.
Kimberly is a self-proclaimed overachiever. That means that even though Kimberly is very very talented she has had to work through musical concepts herself (they didn’t come easy). This is a big plus for students because Kimberly can totally relate to people who are learning. No matter what level of musicianship you are at Kimberly understands and supports your struggles and emphasises your triumphs. Plus she welcomes the sceptical student, “Ok Kimberly why in gods name do I need to learn this??”
I am a slow learner, an overachiever and generally muddle headed. Musical concepts don’t come easily to me at times. I memorise things slowly and get confused and lose focus easily due to my ADD. Many teachers I have had in the past would get frustrated with me. Kimberly just smiles or laughs WITH me and backs up and takes another approach. Kimberly has a variety of tools at her disposal for teaching the same concepts. What this means for students is that she is very adaptable to personal needs, attitudes and ways of learning. If I am not getting something she is trying to get across she dips into her chops bag and pulls out another approach….amazing. If I need her to repeat an explanation 5 times she will do so with a smile on her face…really.
And what is really cool about her is her smile. Kimberly actually smiles at you and makes you feel special and understood.
Kimberly is a wise teacher. More wise than her years. So wise that she knows when NOT TO TEACH!! She wont let you flounder or get stressed. As she gets to know you as a student she knows when you are working something through out loud or in your head and she will just be SILENT. That is a very profound gift of a GREAT TEACHER…appropriate SILENCE.
Kimberly is not only a great music teacher and player Kimberly is a Great PERSON!!
I am a very very discerning person when it comes to friendships and close personal relationships. I can tell you without a doubt I like being in her presence.
Kimberly is a Professional but with a very casual laid back attitude. She is not only inspiring but Kimberly is fun to be around. Which makes each lesson more of a sharing of knowledge time rather than a chugging through gruelling wrote rudiments time.
I am really stoked that Kimberly is not only my music teacher but Kimberly is my FRIEND.
I have been taking lessons from her for 10 months now and every Saturday I am excited to see her and talk to her.
If you have had difficulty finding a music teacher I definitely recommend you give Kimberly a try!!
Did I say Kimberly is awesome!!
I have been taking lessons from Kimberly A. for almost ten years. I would highly recommend her as a music instructor. Her experience as a performing musician and her formal education in music makes her an excellent instructor and overall resource. Besides having taught me the theory and how to play solos and fills for jazz, pop, rock, blues, and even country tunes and styles. I have used her to help me get bands ready for live performances, she taught one of my metal head friends better soloing techniques, and I even brought a formally trained "note reading only" trumpet player to her to show him how to improvise! Lately I even had her help me in how to play a pedal steel guitar an instrument she was totally unfamiliar with, but using her vast musical experience and education, was able to teach me how to play from a guitarist perspective which made more sense to me. I also saw her help students select suitable equipment as well as how to properly use pedals and effects.
Dec 6, 2014
I first met Kimberly as a player-jammer at a local club and soon after began working casual gigs and covering her club engagements when she was out of town. When I realized what great jazz fusion guitarist skills she possessed, I began studying jazz concepts, theory and classic jazz standards with her. This is what I would tell my friends who were interested in studying jazz theory to improve their playing skills and move on to the next level: Kim is a well educated teaching professional who can answer any question you have regarding jazz and music theory. She can break it down and explain it to you and demonstrate it also. It is a rare quality to be able to do this well, articulate it clearly and help any willing student to improve their playing ability.
Dec 6, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
A great teacher that has provided the structure and knowledge to give me the confidence to learn the Bass guitar. I am now playing in an ensemble that Kim has set up and the experience and additional knowledge that I have gained is invaluable. I can highly recommend her as a teacher.
Dec 6, 2014
Kim took me on as a student with me having no musical knowledge whatsoever, and in addition a lefty with many years under my belt. She has provided a framework that works for me in this journey of music that has brought me immense satisfaction and the ability to play now with others. The structure of her teaching and the lessons has given me a firm foundation in music, and although I see this as a lifelong journey the pleasure playing for myself and with others is terrific. I can recommend her most highly, a terrific teacher!!!
Dec 5, 2014
I have been taking guitar lessons from Kimberly via Skype for about five years. I really like her teaching style which is systematic and focused. She tailors her lessons to my goals and time.
Her teaching method is to help you gain insight and skill through patient practice of gradually changing exercises. She doesn't snow you with theory, but presents it to you in digestible amounts just when it will make sense. She welcomes questions and I always learn from our discussions.
She has led me to learn techniques on the guitar that I was absolutely sure I could never learn. For something to seem impossible at the start, to seem possible a week later and to be routine a month later is amazingly uplifting.
Kimberly's background was first a life of teaching herself and playing gigs with all kinds of bands in all kinds of places. She has also deepened and strengthened her knowledge by gaining academic degrees in guitar and jazz and also by studying under masters. This gives her an incredibly deep understanding of learning and teaching music, an immense skill in playing guitar, and an appreciation for the challenges of playing with other people.
I especially love her continued enthusiasm for guitar and that she really enjoys teaching. I have found in Kimberly the best of teachers and highly recommend her without reservation.
Dec 5, 2014
I've been a student of Kimberly's for nearly seven years, which speaks for itself.
During that time I've significantly increased in playing ability, ear training and understanding of music theory. Whether you want to transcribe & play a song, or learn blues or jazz foundations, or dive deep into understanding of chords/modal theory/etc., you'll find Kimberly has deep and broad experience. She's a rare combination of a real world player and an educated, professional musician. Kimberly also has a wonderful, non-intimidating style that is great for all us mere moral guitarist. On top of all that Kimberly is an accomplished teacher and also author of Guitar books.
I should also note that for the first year I took lessons with Kimberly at her studio and then switched to Skype lessons when I moved to Seattle and then Austin. The Skype lessons are just as effectively, and even if I still lived in LA I'd probably take some lessons by Skype to save on the commute time.