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The are four basic levels to which I try to develop students' ability. In the beginning, I focus on getting students comfortable with the instrument, showing them some songs they'll have fun with, and developing the dexterity in their hands. You'll get a huge amount of help from in learning songs as I'll give you sheet music, play along with you, and basically talk you through being able to play the song.
Once you're comfortable learning songs with that amount of help, I'll start giving you sheet music and having you take it home and practice, and then go over questions or problems you may have the next week.
When you're able to teach yourself songs from sheet music, then I'll start giving you some easy songs to try to learn by ear. I'll give you some hints in the beginning about what chords are used, or what key the song is in, but eventually I'll take the training wheels off and throw you in the pool, so to speak, and make you learn the songs by ear, and then tell you if you ...
The guitar is a fantastic and extremely popular instrument. Many people can pick up a guitar and play a few chords, or sing one song. I strong urge guitarist who come to me to be interested in learning the musician aspects of the guitar as well. Most people who learn to play an instrument have to learn theory, scales, and harmony as well. On the guitar you do not have to learn these things to be able to "play" the instrument but I urge people to because that will show in the music you make.
I have a ten year experience career teaching guitar - privately and throughout official schools - to students of all ages, from curious toddlers to contemplative seniors. Prior to move to the United States, I taught at AMVP Musical Academy (Portugal) where I also got my conservatory degree in Guitar performance. Relying on a fundamental classic technique I can guide you through every musical genre that you wish to approach and enlighten you with the best musical foundation that there is. Whether you want to learn a specific song/repertoire or you want me to guide you trough the keystones of this instrument I will always lookout for your personal satisfaction and development in the process.
I'm a recorded artist with two albums as a member of the AMVP Guitar Orchestra: Contrastes (2003) and Plaisir (2005) and appeared at prestigious venues in Portugal, Saint Peterburg (Russia), Paris (France) and Frankfurt (Germany).
I will teach you what you need to know to achieve your personal goals. If you want to make a living as a performing musician, we will go over recording and studio work, and information related to getting gigs. If you want to learn songs, we will focus on exactly that. I will not teach you information that is not beneficial to you and your individual dreams.
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