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There are as many good reasons for learning to play the guitar as there are places that you can take guitar lessons in Charlotte. Whether it’s to be able to entertain family and friends, develop self-discipline, or earn a living with music, learning to play an instrument can increase your quality of life in many ways. A number of studies show that it can even make you smarter!
Charlotte is a music-loving city, and there are several establishments that can make your transition to musician as smooth and seamless as possible. Before you look for guitar lessons in Charlotte, here are a few places you can go to find the right guitar for you. Howren Music and Sound, in addition to selling instruments, offers a full range of services including rentals and repairs. That means that before making an investment in a new guitar, you can try playing a few different types first. Another store that offers rental instruments is Music 49. If the cost of a new instrument is holding you back, Sam Ash Music also has a website that specializes in high quality used instruments.
Once you've found the guitar that's right for you, it's time to find the right lessons for you. Finding the right instructor, one whose teaching style matches your learning style is just as important as finding the right instrument.
Many people find that they benefit more from one-on-one instruction and love the convenience of flexible scheduling. With in-home lessons, rather than missing lessons due to schedule changes, people have the option to reschedule the lesson for another time. Consistency is an important factor in learning any new skill. Another benefit of in-home lessons is that it removes the stress associated with making mistakes in front of other people, which can often interfere with the learning process.
Once you’ve learned a song or two by taking guitar lessons in Charlotte, there are organizations, like the Charlotte Folk Society, (http://www.folksociety.org/) where you can find others to play and practice with. They even have a musical instrument lending library so you can try out other instruments! They also offer musical scholarships to some of their music workshops. Romare Bearden Park offers a wide range of musical entertainment every Wednesday from 6 to 9 pm from May through September.Whatever your preference- jazz, rock, country, or Carolina beach music- all are represented. Once you’ve gained a little confidence, you might even consider volunteering your time and talent for one of these events.
In addition to increasing creativity and brain power, music also has healing properties. There are organizations like Arts For Life (http://www.artsforlifenc.org/) that bring the healing power of music to those facing serious illnesses and disabilities.
Learning to play a musical instrument like the guitar is an investment not only in our own quality of life, but that of our communities as well. Through music, we can all experience a deeper level of enjoyment during our personal pursuit of happiness, and share that enjoyment with others.
Have played for over 20 years. Currently led a bluegrass band, and am a worship leader for over 20 years as well.
We work on techniques in using a pick, and basics with left-hand technique. For Intermediate players, often I find students hit the "wall" and feel that they are not improving. This is when a teacher is crucial, and we begin to transition from practicing 'hard' to practicing 'smart'. We introduce a more focused approach to practice.
Beginners can expect to start by learning how to hold a pick, play basic chords, simple techniques, simple songs, tune their guitar, and learn basics of reading music. Intermediate students will learn how to play more advanced chords, music theory, minor and major scales, how to read more complex music, how to write songs, singing while they play, more advanced techniques, and how to play more advanced songs. Advanced students will learn more in depth music theory, how to learn songs by ear, even more advanced techniques (sweep picking, artificial harmonics, etc.), very complicated songs, how to read very intricate music, and more complicated scales and modes. All lessons are tailored to the students learning speed and goals for their own playing.
I hold a Masters Degree in Music, am a certified North Carolina Teacher, and have been playing the guitar for the past 15 years. We will figure out at what level you are currently playing within the first lessons and then decide together what you want to focus on. This is YOUR lesson, and I am here to guide you down the path that you choose.
Learn to read standard music notation and TAB. Emphasis on Ear Training. Beginners start with first position, intermediate will be accessed for 2nd position and beyond. Music Theory is used to explain the "WHY" behind music. Beginners are taught how to hold instrument and tune it and care for it to avoid damage. Various methods including book, CDs, Smart Phone Apps, are used in each lesson.
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