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Scottsdale: Where Guitarists Can Perform, Listen, Learn and Be Inspired

By Dee F. - Scottsdale Guitar Teacher

Are you an aspiring guitarist looking to take guitar lessons in Scottsdale? Do you want to perform music or listen to your favorite performer to be inspired? Scottsdale, Arizona is a great place for you! As a part of the larger metro-Phoenix area, guitar players searching for a place to belong can easily find their niche, whatever their taste preference.

As both a guitar teacher and professional guitarist performing jazz shows in the Phoenix area, I can attest to the variety of opportunities here in the Valley of the Sun, including open mic performances, concerts, art walks, and festivals. Read on for some tips on things to do and see while taking guitar lessons in Scottsdale!

1) Open Mics As you’re taking guitar lessons in Scottsdale, be sure to check out the various open mic opportunities in your neighborhood. Or, check out who is playing at your favorite restaurant or pub. You may even find fellow guitarists who would like to form a band! There are also plenty of practice band spaces available to budding musicians in Scottsdale.

2) Notable Guitar Music Venues This very large valley features a plethora of venues with every musical style - not to mention a number of golf resorts with every type of live music! Whether you’re into rock, pop, rap, country or blues, you’ll be sure to find some great live performances in and around the city that will inspire you to continue on with your guitar lessons in Scottsdale.

To start, check out the following venues for some great live performances. Casino Arizona - (http://www.casinoarizona.com/entertainment/) Kazimierz World Wine Bar - (http://kazbar.net/) Handlebar J (They also have line dancing here!) - (http://www.handlebarj.com/) Orpheum Theater - (http://www.orpheum-theater.com/orpheum_theater_phoenix.php) Mesa Arts Center - (https://www.mesaartscenter.com/) US Airways Center - (http://www.usairwayscenter.com/) Crescent Ballroom - (http://www.crescentphx.com/)

3) P.F. Chang's Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (http://www.runrocknroll.com/arizona/) This is a long-distance racing event featuring various rock 'n' roll bands playing along the sidelines of a very long course. Each year, the bands provide loads of fun and excitement! Whether you’re running the race or attending as a spectator, you’ll be sure to have a good time listening to great performers!

4) Music Instrument Museum (http://mim.org/) The Music Instrument Museum in Phoenix offers three floors of over 40,000 world instruments, an interactive listening and learning center, as well as an intimate concert hall, featuring weekly band performances of various musical genres. View a few of Eric Clapton's guitars, grab provided headphones to listen to guitar music from many countries, and play many types of instruments from around the world in the interactive center!

Whenever you go out in the very large Phoenix-Scottsdale area, you will find guitar performers, teachers, and fellow musicians who truly encourage and inspire you on your musical path! The sunny weather and beautiful desert landscape is also a plus!

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About Peter
I began piano lessons at four years of age, and was blessed to have an amazing piano teacher, who taught me for 14 years. She gave me a passion to teach others and impart to them a love for music. I have carried on that calling and taught hundreds of adults and children over the last 30 years. I am very thorough in my method and customize each lesson around the goals and dreams of each student. I incorporate theory, ear training and technical into all my lessons, regardless of the style of music they are learning. This gives my students an all-round musical education and appreciation for this wonderful gift they have in their hands.

I have experience in the professional music world as a pianist and french horn player, performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, Sydney Philharmo
nic Orchestra and Choir, as well as productions of "Cats", "Phantom of the Opera", Sesame Street, and touring all over Australia, U.S.A. and Israel. I have also been a part of the worship teams at Hillsong Church and C3 Church Australia.

I studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and also received my Licentiate Diploma from the Trinity College of London (L.T.C.L.) in French Horn (Teaching) and Licentiate Diploma from the Trinity College of London (L.T.C.L.) in Piano (Performance). So my experience not only comes from an inspiring teacher, but also from hundreds of performances on stages across the world working with the finest of musicians, singers, conductors and worship leaders.

I love music, and more so, love imparting it to others.

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Students come away from their lessons inspired and excited about their ability to accomplish their dreams. Whether it is to play 'Phantom of the Opera' or an Adele song, Debussy's Claire De Lune or Jingle Bells, I show them how to do it and help them get there. I am very thorough, taking no short cuts, but making it fun to learn an instrument. You will be amazed at what you are playing in three to six months!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Rock, Contemporary Christian
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Sam October 7, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Peter is a down to earth pro. It has been a pleasure to learn under him.
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Abby July 30, 2016
· Singing · In home
We have only been to one lesson, but already love Peter! His enthusiasm, kindness and encouragement, made the lesson so fun! It is obvious he Is very experienced in music and understands how to teach well. We are so blessed to have found him!
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Andrew K. December 28, 2015
· French Horn · In studio
My son has studied french horn with Peter for 2 years now, and he looks forward to lessons every week. Under his guidance I've watched my teenager excel as a musician, and I've grown to admire Peter's teaching methods. We drive halfway across town to get to there ... because HE'S WORTH IT. It's true that Peter listens to his student's goals. He has literally tailored the lessons around my sons auditions while simultaneously giving him the necessary building blocks to continue growing musically.
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Peter C.

Goodyear, AZ 85395
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Guitar is my number one specialty—particularly classic rock, alternative rock, and popular styles, with a strength in bluesy solo technique. I have a modern teaching style, and I am very up to date with current music trends. I tend to focus on practical and transferable music skills—you know, the things that allow you to play with other musicians, learn new instruments, and be truly creative on the guitar! I am very adept in subjects related to real world music knowledge and application, such as songwriting, music theory, music recording, and music performance. Whether you're a hobbyist wanting to strum your way through folk classics, or a future musician looking to write songs and start a band, I have a way to make you love playing the guitar!

About Derek
My name is Derek, and I am a musician and music instructor based in Tempe, AZ. I have played music for nearly 25 years, during which time I've coached a diverse range of students, played hundreds of shows locally and regionally with several musical acts, and participated in dozens of recording projects as a session musician, producer, and songwriter. I strive to create a fun, relaxed learning environment, and students often commend me on my patience and positivity.

Many of my students have gone on to join signed bands, embark on national tours, jam at open mic nights, or simply master a few songs to play on the back porch with good friends and family. I believe I can teach anyone, and that there's always a way to reduce the complexity of learning. I aim to keep all lessons practical because I want to help people become musicians. Absol
ute beginners to advanced players welcome.

I'm flexible with musical styles, and I love how eclectic my students' musical tastes are. Whether it's rock, pop, indie, folk, country, jazz, or blues, one thing is true—a great song transcends genre. That's why I love to teach music theory and the building blocks of a song, including melody, harmony, rhythm, chord progressions, and chord structure. These skills give students the ability to learn their favorite songs in minutes, as well as write their own music.

I know how tough it can be to find the right teacher, so go ahead—check out the subjects I teach! Also, be sure to skim through the reviews that my students have left me, as I'm quite proud of them. If you have any questions, send me a message by clicking the "Ask Derek a Question" button above.

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Owen S. April 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Derek is patient and friendly. His knowledge keeps each lesson interesting and he makes lessons fun but educational. We really enjoy him.
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Mark March 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Derek was amazing! In the first lesson I learned more then I have in months with others. I felt he really took the time to understand where I was, and what would help me most. I didn't feel rushed and the way he explained concepts was amazing.

He is obviously a talented musician but has the ability to take that knowledge and make it accessible and understandable.

I would highly recommend Derek for any level of guitar player.
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Brad R. March 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Derek is a fantastic instructor! He is patient, and he will teach you how to play the songs you love to hear, without shortcuts. You will learn to play guitar. All you need is determination! I began my first leaaon with Derek having never even held a guitar before, and after 3 lessons, we are starting to learn songs from my favorite band!
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Derek S.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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About Al P.

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Through my work with the M Gray Music Academy (Macy Gray) and my tenure at the Hollywood School of Rock as teacher and musical director, I have developed successful programs for students ranging in age from 5 years old and beyond. I have mentored numerous young musical groups in beneficial rehearsal techniques, live performance and basically all the things you need to know about being in a band that wants to be great!

As we explore the exciting world of music, guitars, drums and percussion, we will cover all aspects of music theory, music history and ear training through video, audio and text examples. For beginner guitar 101 students, we will start with basic chord shapes, scales and common rock and blues forms. I also like to incorporate songs that students want to learn so it's not just a bunch of boring exercises.

Course topics for guitar 101 (beginner to intermediate) include:
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About Al
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Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer, music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-01). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.

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Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music p
roduction & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.

I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood/Burbank Ca. and five years at the School of Rock, Scottsdale AZ... Teaching drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keyboards, vocal and Show Direction for ensembles. Live perfomances at local and national venues.

Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.

On the tour front you will find me performing live with Boston hardcore legends DYS.

Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...

As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).

As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.

"The primary goal is to educate students in the art of music, have a general understanding and be able to create your own grooves, songs and develop your musical voice"

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David L. July 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son enjoyed the first lesson! He is very excited about future lessons and can't wait to mature musically. Al is very easy to talk to and understands what motivates kids.
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Annie H. July 26, 2016
· Guitar · In home
A very enthusiastic teacher!
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Mali Singh August 24, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In studio
We are so happy we found Al. My son really enjoys his lessons (bass, beginner), he is totally engaged & learning. Al is knowledgeable & easy to work with, very highly recommend!
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Al P.

Phoenix, AZ 85023
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About Robert D.

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We're gonna HAVE FUN! Your lessons will be customized to your needs and what you want to do with your ability to play guitar. I can teach you either electric or acoustic guitar. I can prepare you for any genre as I include fundamentals (for example, scales and arpeggios) in your practice. I use Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method books for reference and/or lesson work. I can help you learn how to play with a pick, how to finger-pick, how to sing and play simultaneously, and even how to sightread.

About Robert
Hey there! I've been performing music for as long as I can remember, and performing professionally for over 30 years. I have formal training and 12 years of teaching experience. I teach with positivity, patience, and perseverance and help you express the music in you!

*** Lesson Details ***
All of my lessons are customized to your needs, preferences and goals. No matter what instrument or skill level, I'll take you through the basics and help you build solid practicing fundamentals. I'll also help you develop your performance and, depending on how serious you'd like to get, I can also teach you to read music and learn music theory as well! I balance learning and technical skill with fun and self-expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a dedicated music room, stocked with guitars, basses, and practice amp, keyboard and co
mputers with recording software.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard, practice amp, and/or instrument cords. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, and prefer they have an amplifier for electric instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in all genres, but have experience in rock, alternative, pop, jazz, and even music theater.
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Richelle May 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
He is a very patient teacher. And he's very flexible on his schedule by moving our schedule to an earlier time because we had a prior engagement in the afternoon. And most of all, my daughter now knows the basics and we will most likely contact him again in case we decide to continue guitar lessons.
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Anthony April 27, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
10 minutes in and things started clicking about mouth positioning and breath control! Highly recommended from me, so far!
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Ryan April 21, 2017
· Singing · In home
Thoroughly structured lesson plan and positive encouragement! Highly recommend Robert for vocal lessons.
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Robert D.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
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About J. Adam A.

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Learn to play the songs you'd like to play! Be able to jam along to your favorite songs, or play with other musicians!

Comfortable with chords, tablature, and sheet music as well, in all styles!

About J. Adam
I've been playing drums and percussion since the age of 13, and teaching as soon as I graduated high school. I have studied and performed on all manner of percussion instruments, with emphasis on Rudimental Drumming and Drumset. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music from Rollins College, and my Master's Degree in Music from the University of Florida, and outside of the world of academia I've played with Orchestras, Drum Corps, Indoor Drumlines, Rock, Jazz, and Steel Bands, as well as all manner of Wind and Percussion Ensembles. I've also been playing Guitar and Bass for about 5 years, and studied Piano in college.

My home studio has everything you'll need to learn, play, and succeed at your instrument of choice!
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Cole H. September 4, 2017
· Drum · In home
J. Adam was everything we had hoped. He was patient with my son and praised the things he was doing well. We are excited for the lessons ahead. Thanks J. Adam!!
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I Highly recommend Adam as an instructor! He Is great with my son.
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Mesa, AZ 85204
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About Roger P.

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Learn finger style/classical technique to play contemporary, classical, country, Spanish, standards, and many more beautiful guitar pieces.

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Roget P. has:
-Over 40 years teaching guitar to all age groups
-Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University
-Years of performance experience as a solo guitarist at weddings, parties, worship music, and many other events.
-Won top Guitarist in North America for 2010 from gigmasters
- Consistent 5 Star performer with gigmasters with over 100 five Star reviews
- Over 275 live performances just with gigmasters
- Loves the guitar and teaching

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are private (parents are always welcome to sit in). I can travel to your house if within my driving range. Online lessons can be done with Apple FaceTime or Skype. I teach music reading and theory, tab available for both guitar and ukulele. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bose, Crate, AER amps
Godin, Taylor, Takamine, Dauphin, Pimentel guitars,
Kala tenor ukul
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*** Travel Equipment ***
My car

*** Specialties ***
Classical and finger style guitar and ukulele
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Roger P.

Glendale, AZ 85308
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Hi my name is Ryan. I have over a decade of experience playing guitar and am happy to teach all I know about guitar. Currently I have 29 students and am always excited to teach more. No experience is necessary to start lessons, and I will teach acoustic or electric.

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Hi! my name is Ryan. I have been playing for over 13 years and am happy to help you get started playing guitar. I love teaching beginners of all ages out of my studio in Mesa!
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Rick April 27, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Ryan is very encouraging, patient and detailed. First session he showed a lot of patience and really took the time to teach me everything I needed to know as a beginner.
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Courtney July 31, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Ryan is just fabulous. Not only does he teach all sorts of styles of guitar, he also teaches drums and ukelele. He teaches good technique and great theory on the guitar and shows great patience. He never gets frustrated and is always understanding. When I've written songs, he's helped me figure out the missing piece to the song, whether it was a chord or particular melody or riff. As a music teacher myself, I can say Ryan is a fabulous teacher.
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My son is 11 years old and never played before. He has really been enjoying his lessons with Ryan.
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Ryan J.

Mesa, AZ 85207
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About Taylor W.

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You will learn proven methods of technique, improvisation, warm up routines, chord & scale memory improvement, music theory, and how to play your favorite songs/albums of ANY genre. Yes ANY genre, Heavy Metal, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical, Flamenco, Finger-Tapping, Funk, Country.

About Taylor
16+years in Music with 8+ years experience teaching. Taylor has created a proven method of practice guaranteed to keep the student on their finger tips!
All skill levels are welcome:
beginner
intermediate
advanced.

All Styles, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Country

You will learn proven methods of technique, improvisation, warm up routines, chord & scale memory improvement, music theory, and how to play your favorite songs/albums of any genre.
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Luis September 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher, very informative and patient. Great lessons on enforcing my fundamentals and improving my skills as a singer. Would reccomend!
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Dianna August 15, 2017
· Singing · In home
Taylor is very knowledgeable and patient. It felt nonjudgmental when we asked a question.
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jeremy July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very attentive and experienced!
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Phoenix, AZ 85017
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Enjoy music lessons in a comfortable in home setting. My lessons focus on the individual. Everyone is unique and needs different ways of being taught. I have a degree in music and I have been teaching for 16 years. All ages are welcome. All levels of experience are welcome. I love teaching and I make learning music fun and you will feel accomplished in whatever you wish to learn.

About Ben
Music lessons at my studio will always be fun and rewarding. I teach at my home where my wife and mother live as well. My music room is directly off of the entry way door, so it's easy access. Parents are always welcome to be present for all of my lessons and I also have a sitting area just outside of the music room door. So, if your little children need to be occupied while their older siblings take lessons, you will be taken care of.

I have been teaching music lessons for 16 years. I majored in Music in college and my primary instrument was voice. As a major in voice I was required to learn a variety of songs and also a variety of different genres of music. As a vocalist I learned how to sing and perform opera, jazz, gospel and blues. As a musician I have performed country, folk, rock, pop, and folk rock. I have experience performing
in operas, musicals, choirs, praise and worship. I also write and compose music and I also teach piano and guitar. My teaching style is very relaxing, but also to the point. I will not waist your time or money on useless information or exercises that will not help you to become a better musician. As a music student you will make many mistakes, but that is not a bad thing. Everything takes time to learn and learning music is no different.

I have never had to make myself stay patient with any student. Patience is what it takes to become the best musician you can be. I will always give 100% of my ability to help you achieve your goals.
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Ben H.

Queen Creek, AZ 85142
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I have a hybrid course that involves music theory, and actual techniques for guitar players. The three most important areas to start in are the EM Ionian, the c-a-g-e-d system, and the minor pentatonic. Beginning with these fundamentals will help YOU, the growing guitarist to understand why what your playing works. I also attended Roberto Venn School of Luthiery, so I do guitar/bass repair work as well, in case the instrument you are using needs work. I will include any small repairs as part of the lesson.

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I love discussing, playing, and sharing knowledge about music. Teaching is a way to share what I've learned over the last 30+ years as a musician, song writer, and player. I look forward to meeting all of you!!
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