Come one, come all! Time to learn the guitar! If you have been playing for many years and want to break out of a rut, or if you just got your first guitar and suspect that there is a better way to learn than trying to sort through the haphazard offerings on youtube, I welcome you. Sign up for a lesson and come on over. I think we will have fun and you be happy to find yourself learning to play this great instrument. Stick around and you will be surprised at how far you can take it.
I majored in music at Berea College, then went on to The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where I completed a Masters degree in guitar performance and served as the graduate assistant to the guitar department.
For the past ten years I have earned a living performing and teaching guitar. I am a certified Suzuki instructor, and I've held teaching positions at Winston Salem State University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, along with at least half a dozen other schools and institutions. I've been featured on other artists' records, and received a grant to release an album of my own songs. I regularly perform in a wide variety of bands and ensembles.
I love to teach, and over the years I have taught hundreds, maybe even thousands of lessons. Having learned something from each and every one
of my students, I am now at a point where I excel at honing in on the individual interests and learning styles of whoever comes to me for help. There are many ways to learn guitar. The best one is the one that engages and inspires you the most. That said, there are also music fundamentals that we all need to know. My joy as a teacher lies in finding a way for you to master the fundamentals while at the same time following your personal bliss and intuition. We plot the course together, combining your curiosity and enthusiasm with my years of experience.
I also love working with kids. While they are having fun jamming, I discretely provide them with the technique and musicianship they'll need to excel in any musical environment, whether it's conservatory study or playing in a great band.
*** Lesson Details *** Your enthusiasm is the key to your success, so my lessons are tailored to the interests and abilities of each student. That said, my classical background and dedication to effective teaching inform everything I do.
All of my students learn Music Fundamentals: -Technique (habits of movement) -Theory (how music works) -Aural skills (hearing pitches, chords and rhythms clearly)
Many of my students use books. There are hundreds of great books these days, and I will work with students from any book they choose. Listed here are the books I regularly use. They all deliver great results:
-Aaron Shearer "Leaning The Classic Guitar" -Will Schmidt and Greg Koch "The Hal Leonard Method" -Joe Pecoraro "Read This First" -David Oaks "Music Reading For Guitar" -William Leavitt "A Modern Method For Guitar" -Mateo Carcassi "Melodic and Progressive Studies, Opus 60" -Leo Brouwer "Simple Studies"
Many of my students prefer to work without a book, and that is a great option too. These students learn scales, chords and theory and develop a repertoire of songs. I will show you how to play any song you'd like to learn. You can also work on writing your own songs or compositions, or improvising in any context, be it jazz, blues, Indian raga or flamenco.
Singing is also encouraged!
*** Studio Equipment *** Home studio: music stands, extensive library of all kinds of music, great sound system and ability to stream any song, several guitars, recording equipment, footstools, keyboard and percussion instruments.
*** Travel Equipment *** I'll bring my guitar and books, accessories as needed.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in versatility. I regularly play gigs doing classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and world music. All of these genres have a place in my heart, and I've devoted years to learning to play and teach them well.
I am equally polyamorous when it comes to the various things musicians do. I love to sing pop songs, dissect jazz lines, delve into expressive groupings with classical pieces, drill scales and arpeggios, you name it. Reading, improvising, composing and notating, transcribing and playing by ear, memorization, classical technique, blues technique, bluegrass technique, theoretical analysis... hit me up for any of that, or whatever else interests you.
Explains everything in detail , moves in a progress in which I retain the knowledge very Easy.
I highly recommend Mel.
Very calm , collect and patient.
June 11, 2019
February 7, 2019
Mel is a great teacher and his many past experiences in the music field have given him tons of knowledge. he has a simple and effective way of teaching music and theory. he listens to the way you learn and adapts his methods to best suit you.
I have been teaching guitar, full time, professionally, for over 10 years. Even if you think you're one of those people that "just doesn't get it" you will, and I can help. From teaching beginners their first chords, to taking advanced players to the next level of chops and understanding, I've been there. Let's rock!
Teaching guitar, and music for over 15 years, 10+ years of that time spent in professional music schools and shops. In addition, I spent 6 years in a special needs school, teaching general music, and guitar to students with learning and behavior issues.
I have had the pleasure of learning from numerous guitar teachers and mentors over the years including, T.T. Quick guitarist, David Dipietro. Recently having toured the US with national acts in the band McClinton, sharing stages with national acts such as: Saving Abel, Adelita's Way, Framing Hanley, Red, Winger, Steelheart, Bad Seed Rising, LA Guns and many more. I'm proud to say that I have taken the skills I've honed during those years to stages and studios around the country. I am currently active in the local NJ cover circuit with the band "Our Vicious Circle".
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ake sense of concepts that many students find confusing, while focusing on the goals the student wishes to achieve. Ultimately, I teach a student to be able to progress independently. Learning songs is fine, and a great way to get motivated, but in the end it's about learning the concepts that allow the student to learn those songs on his/her own and be able to use those elements to create their own music. I teach all styles, and levels!
I am currently unable to offer lessons at my home studio, but still provide lessons online or in your home. Also offering lessons for Bass guitar!
Gavin has it all. Proud to know him and entirely thrilled about the work he has done with my teenager. He's a gem and wonderful to be around on top of being an excellent musician and gifted teacher.
May 29, 2019
Gavin was very patient with and inspiring at the same time to our 6yr old boy who took guitar lessons at our home. Like any 6-yr old who is interested in music but also very easily distracted, Gavin did a great job in keeping him engaged and get him started with the basics. Thanks Gavin god bless you!
January 15, 2019
Gavin is thorough, patient & engaging. Wonderful instructor I would recommend to everyone!
Dan S holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan Has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream. He also has performed extensively on the acoustic guitar, playing many venus in NYC/NJ and touring France.
Online lessons with Dan are enhanced by top of the line 5 GHZ wifi and professional full 1080P HD Video for a better online experience. Online lesson times are available for anyone, worldwide.
Dan S. holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure each student gets exactly what they want and what they need to know to accomplish any musical dream. Dan has extensive experience working with children and teens as well as adults.
At age 9 Dan began studying such instruments as the viola, saxophone, piano and guitar. By the age 12 he identified more with the guitar and chose it as his primary
instrument of musical expression. Dan is currently playing venues in and around NYC and the metropolitan area. He has also performed in France and looks forward to tour more of Europe. He also enjoys a career as a international recording artist and songwriter. As a recording artist he has reached the top 100 charts on Beatport. He has co-written with some of the biggest names in Dance/House music and those songs have gone on to be remixed by some of the biggest DJ’s around.
His musical influences range from The Blues, Pop, RnB, Rock, Funk, Jazz, House and EDM. This range of music continues to influence his writing and vocal styling developing a sound that is truly unique, while also informing a well rounded approach to educating.
I've taken guitar lessons from a few teachers and Dan is the best fit I've ever had. He is very patient and does a fantastic job of tailoring lessons to individual needs. He clearly loves to play music and is very thoughtful about how he shares this knowledge in his lessons. He never fails to encourage me as a guitar player and reinforces a 'can do' attitude. His positive and calm demeanor also make for a fantastic instructor. Thank you, Dan.
July 13, 2016
Dan is a patient instructor who is always encouraging. He also makes the lessons fun. I appreciate how he customizes each lesson for my needs.
May 3, 2016
First lesson was a great experience for my kids. They are practicing on their own!!! I could tell they couldn't wait for their next lesson. Thank you Dan!!!
I am a Miami Dade County public school teacher and am a Little Kids Rock certified teacher. My guitar lessons use the Little Kids Rock curriculum which is geared towards learning guitar with popular music as its driving force. The students will learn how to play guitar chords, how to play solos and how to read multiple methods of music within the program, all while learning music that they already know and love.
Kadhine Rodriguez is a singer, actress and educator born and raised in Miami, FL. She received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science in Music Education from Florida International University. In addition to her collegiate music training, Kadhine has studied classical, pop/rock and musical theater voice training, song interpretation and stage presence from Cuban artist Delia Diaz de Villegas and Dr. Liana Valente. On a stage since the age of 9, Kadhine has performed in several venues here in Miami, such as the Manuel Artime Theater, the University of Miami Gusman Hall and South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center. She can be heard singing back up vocals for Delia Diaz de Villegas’ album “Madriguera”. While living in Tampa, Kadhine was a member of Masque Community Theater where she
performed the role of Sarah in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” and in Maltby and Shire’s “Closer Than Ever”. She can currently be heard singing as a choir member with the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami under the direction of Misty Bermudez. Kadhine has been a public school music teacher since 2011. In 2015, she received training and certification from Little Kids Rock, a non-profit music education advocacy organization that focuses on rocks bands in the public schools. She currently works at Mater Academy Cutler Bay where she teaches General Music, Choir, Guitar and Modern Band. In addition to public school teaching, Kadhine has also maintained an active private studio for voice, piano and guitar.
Awesome teacher who truly has a passion for music! Kadhine has so much knowledge and also the gift of being able to break it down to a basic level. Highly recommend for everyone and anyone to take lessons with her :)
December 6, 2017
Kadhine was an amazing teacher. She was very invested and determined to help me reach my goal. I loved the experience and thanks because of her I was able to accomplish everything we committed to on day one.
July 29, 2017
Ms. Rodriguez is a very professionals voice teacher. She is always on time, very knowledgeable about technique and very flexible with the kind of music that you would like to sing. I would definitely recommend to all student ages.
I have 47 years of playing experience and I have taught literally hundreds of students to play the guitar. I first make sure each student learns to hold the pick and the Guitar properly, and the correct way to pick and strum. This will ensure that the student doesn't develop poor habits.
For little children, I first teach them to pick their favorite songs.
The next level is to learn Rhythm/Strumming patterns and your basic chord and chord progressions so that you can play along with all your favorite songs.
No matter what style of Guitar that you wish to learn, I have pretty much taught them all. If you want to be a lead player, I have got you covered there too. I can teach you to be the best picker you can be.
Not only will I teach you to play an instrument, but I will teach you to understand the music. In this way, you won't be playing like a computer program. You will become teachers yourselves.
Hi everyone, I am so excited that you are interested in learning to play an instrument! When you take lessons from me, not only will you learn to play music, but you will have fun learning it as well. I will teach you to play the instrument of your choice without actually having to read music. And, you will be playing music from the very first lesson. We will get to the reading of music later if you so desire.
During my 35 years of professional teaching, I have taught hundreds of students to play musical instruments. As far as I know, I have personally taught more La State Fiddle Champions than anyone else. I have even taught celebrity students such as the children from the Duck Dynasty television series.
Because I play somewhere around 15 musical instruments, I have a unique way of teaching music that ties all music together making
it easy to understand. You will find yourself loving your music lessons.
I love to teach by teaching songs and I mean fun songs. We will learn Cotton Eyed Joe, Cripple Creek, Old Joe Clark, Love Me Tender, Amazing Grace, Fire on the Mountain and many, many more. It will not be a chore to get you or your kids to practice their instrument, but you may have a hard time getting them to put it down.
Whether you are just interested in learning to play songs that you know or whether you want to write your own music, I can teach you the ropes. You will have a musical understanding that few have.
Violin/Fiddle students, I can fix any fingering problems that you may be having in a matter of minutes, and you will have complete fingerings for every song that we play. You will have plenty to practice on while waiting for the next lesson.
Also, as an added benefit, I will be accompanying you on the Guitar which is beneficial when it comes to being able to hear if you are playing in tune, and this also gives the feeling of being part of a band.
Guitar students can learn many different styles of playing. I teach Rhythm, Flat picking, Fingerstyles, Country, Rock, Folk, Blues, Classical, and pretty much any other style of playing the guitar.
For all you young Mandolin players, get ready to pick! I will have you playing all the fun tunes So if you are ready to learn an instrument for you or your child, let me know and we will get you playing ASAP!
Wow! Steve, you never cease to amaze me-all of these instruments! Not only do you play them, you teach other people to play them and in different styles of music! But underlying all of this is your lifelong love, and reverence of music and its history. Teaching is your lifelong ambition. Just as important, maybe more so, is your love and respect for the people you teach! You have devoted your life to music! I’ve known you for a long time. You are the “real deal”. I respect you so much!
February 21, 2019
My sons and I took guitar and banjo lessons from Steve for several years. He is an excellent teacher and is great with children.
February 20, 2019
I really enjoyed learning from Steve! He has such an easy way to help you learn. Steve taught me many things easily that I had always found difficult to learn and put into practice before, as I wasn't taught the right way. Learning from Steve will be a lot of fun and you won't regret taking his lessons. Because of what I learned from him I was able to make a CD with a friend in a studio. It was a wonderful experience and a lot of fun. I couldn't have done it without him! I am and always will be amazed at Steve's knowledge and skill. I would give 10 stars if I could....literally the best instructor ever!
Looking for a guitar instructor that considers your music interests, your goals, your time constraints, and your current level of experience when constructing weekly lessons for you? Want your instructor to help you advance your skills while you learn the music you want. I am a teacher who does just that.
I have over 20 years teaching and performance experience, a BA in music theory/composition, and am the author of a number of music education books published by Alfred Music.
I am excited to help you meet your goals as a guitar player and musician!
I am a teacher, songwriter, published author, and composer with 20+ years experience performing and sharing knowledge and inspiration with students. I received a Bachelor's of Music degree in composition and music theory from Central Connecticut State University and am the author of three instructional music books published by Alfred Music (The Total Acoustic Guitarist, The Blues Guitar Experience, Guitar Atlas: Russia) and one DVD (No Reading Required: Chords and Strums for Acoustic Guitar). My lessons have been featured in Premiere Guitar Magazine.
Beside songwriting and performing, I currently teach around 40 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to professional. My varied experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun, and I am dedicated to teaching to the l
earning style and personal interests of my students.
Frank is a patient and engaging teacher who lets the student's interests guide development while incorporating guitar fundamentals along the way!
March 1, 2019
I have been taking lessons with Frank for several years and I think he is an excellent instructor. He has helped me have confidence in my abilities and is patient when I get frustrated. He has been able to teach me about music theory in such a way that it is understandable. I have been to some of his performances and he is a talented musician as well as instructor.
February 21, 2019
frank is very good with old and young. took classes for 4years at Middletown
I am a classically trained violinist and also play the piano, guitar, and DJ. I mainly focus on improvisation and popular music. I have toured with a band and shared the stage with Hootie and The Blowfish, Third Eye Blind, Dishwalla, Marcy Playground, Everclear, DJ AM/Travis Barker of Blink 182, Kaskade, Diplo, Mix Master Mike, Mark Farina, DJ Dan, Alex Cruz and Steve Aoki. I have also presented on TEDxSF, Oprah, Richard Branson's private island and many celebrity events. I will not only teach you how to play but how to survive and make money as a musician which includes sales, negotiating, marketing and networking.
"Jason tailors the course to a student's individual learning pace and needs. There is also a good combination between theory and learning cords to play a
song. Technique is emphasized to build good habits and a foundation for future growth."
"Really liked Joel, I think his experience will help me."
"My daughter really took to Dave and we can't wait to continue working with him! He's an excellent teacher!"
"After the initial panic of trying to learn something at such a ripe old age I was reassured by other reviews that David would be the best bet. They were
correct and I recommend him to any age group. After a welcome at the front door assuring me that I was at the right location, he excels in making you feel comfortable. He listens to questions and told me no question was stupid. Takes everything at your speed and recaps from the week before. Is thorough and stops you when finger placement is not correct so you don't begin bad habits. Looks up and acquaints himself with the songs that you want to learn and will stop covering a certain area if you do not want to learn it. He sends you home with just the right amount of practice work and after 3 lessons I feel like I'm getting all of what he's teaching and am improving and adding on more lessons. So happy that I chose David."
"I totally recommend Donnie Emmack ! He's the best guitar teacher. He teaches my little boy and he's very Patience and flexible!!"
"Paul is very encouraging and knowledgeable. He is able to convey musical theory concepts is a way that I can finally understand."
"cool, patient, knowledgeable."
"My 6 years old daughter loves her guitar lesson, she is learning playing guitar and also she has a great time with Dave. Dave is a very good teacher, very
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