By Dimitry E.- Bronx Guitar Teacher
For a musician, there is no locale more exciting or inspiring than New York. With world-renowned recital halls, jazz clubs, conservatories, outdoor concerts, and the throng of artists who populate these places, there is music to be found on nearly every street corner. The entire city becomes your classroom and your musical canvas. As a guitar teacher, my job is to be the tour guide – providing a “lay of the land”, offering support and answering questions, while assisting the student in navigating his or her personal musical journey.
I have been fortunate enough to teach students from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds, with various motivations spurring their desire to learn the guitar. However, the most inspiring students I’ve ever worked with were not necessarily the most accomplished or naturally gifted, but the ones for whom music served as an engine for greater effort and clarity in other aspects of their lives.
I used to work as a guitar teacher at an inner-city school here in New York. Though this school was making an effort, it faced many obstacles: inadequate facilities, limited and poorly-conditioned instruments, and a particularly challenging, often troubled, student population. Yet students flocked to the music room with an eagerness I had never before seen. For those students whom I taught, the music clearly had a profound impact. I recall one student in particular, a 10th grader when I met him, who read far below his grade level, which caused him a great deal of embarrassment. He was also an athlete and music student, both areas in which he excelled. I worked with him on mastering music notation, sight-reading songs, and discovering musical patterns. He not only learned to play the guitar, but also bass guitar and trumpet. After many lunch rehearsals and several concerts, this student became a stand-out star in the music program. His hard work paid off in the classroom as well. His reading abilities skyrocketed, and last I heard he was graduating from high school with a Regent’s diploma – an unlikely proposition only a few short years before. This is, of course, not entirely due to my work with him as a music teacher, but I’d like to think it helped. Moments - and students - like this are the ultimate satisfaction for a music teacher.
Guitar lessons can go in a number of directions, from learning how to read music to strumming chords or developing ideas for improvisation. I try to create an agenda that fits the interests of each student, whether they want to work on developing great technique or simply learning to play songs.
Styles include: Rock, Blues, Jazz, Finger style.
Years of experience as a live musician and teacher. I focus on bringing out your personal voice and to acquire the necessary technique to achieve your musical goals.
I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and teaching for about seven years now. I played in a punk/rock band in high school and have since studied classical and jazz guitar. Currently I write and perform songs in a folk/acoustic style.
I studied classical guitar at the University of Central Florida, performing solo and ensemble repertoire. I can teach proper technique with both hands, music notation, tablature, sight reading, harmonic theory, and how to realize "orchestral" compositions.
I can teach shredding lead guitar riffs or strumming rhythm (typically acoustic) guitar. Whatever genre or style you're into, and whatever skill level you find yourself - I can help you play the songs you love.
I teach any style, electric or acoustic guitar.
I like to divide my lessons in two parts: first we address the most formal aspects of the lesson, most of the times using a method book or given hand-outs or whatever relevant material was suggested to the student; the remainder of the lesson is dedicated to work on the student´s choice of a song or anything less formal suggested by myself. This scheme for lessons might be different regarding the level and commitment of the student, but it is in general the outline I use.
There are a few books that I like to use (Alfred Guitar Method, Berklee Guitar Method, and others), because I think they are a great tool and guideline to complement my own notes. I expect the student to have a notebook with staffed paper where I can write the lesson´s summary and topics to be practiced.
I like lessons to be fun and relaxed while expecting the student to be able to perform the weekly assignments or goals.
I think, in most cases, after 6 ...
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