I prefer to teach note reading early on with the Hal Leonard System.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide sheet music and some learning tools. I expect the students to have a notebook, a music stand, and a quiet place to work. *** Specialties *** I teach both classical violin and fiddle. I use the Suzuki Method for classical violin. For fiddle, I teach Irish, Scottish, Old-time, and Bluegrass, each using a combination of learning by ear and fiddle transcriptions.
Each lesson is tailored to fit each individual student. We will cover genres of music that is of interest to you, using music you enjoy most so learning the guitar will be fun. Even if you have experience playing guitar, I will be able to show you alternative strum patterns, picking patterns, useful techniques, tricks and short-cuts to make playing easier. This applies to whether you are learning acoustic, classical or electric guitar. I have a blast teaching and my students have fun learning!
I have more than 30 years of musical experience. I’ve taught guitar, piano, bass, and theater in private schools, art schools and I’m currently teaching at Classic Axe Guitar Gallery in Gainesville, VA. I’ve taught over 250 students in all levels of experience, tailoring each lesson to fit each student, covering all genres, so that learning their instrument is fun. It’s been exciting to see some of them become music majors, some of them become performers, and some using their skills and gifts to teach others. I love teaching and sharing my musical knowledge with people of ALL ages. I believe anyone can learn music, with the right approach and encouragement. Nothing gives me more pleasure than watching my students accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible.
Mike C. started learning Guitar from his father at the age of 12, cutting his teeth on the music of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Genesis, Keith Green, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Nirvana, and many others. He played in many a garage band throughout Middle School, High School, and College. He also started playing Guitar regularly at his church, teaching and leading bands for their Sunday services - something that has continued to this day. These days he plays a little bit from every genre and style, but his teaching primarily focuses on the bread and butter of guitar music: chords, scales, note reading, and the basics of style and effects in guitar playing.
Mike C. began his journey of music on Clarinet at the age of eleven, and began study on the Violin the following year. Participant in the Virginia All-State Bands and Orchestras every year of high school, Mike has studied Violin with Sandy Hunt, Dora Mullins, Leslie Stewart, and Lucy Manning, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He has a varied experience as an educator, and his teaching positions include: three years in a homeschool enrichment program in Virginia Beach, VA instructing students in Band, Strings, Guitar, Music Theory, and Music History; four years as a middle school strings director in the Williamsburg, VA public schools teaching both Orchestra and Guitar classes; and thirteen years of experience teaching ...
I will help you build yourself a career in music in multiple areas—writing, recording, playing, teaching, publishing, and promoting your music.
I will help you develop your abilities and talents in these areas that will give you a variety of career options and revenue streams, not to mention being in a business you truly enjoy.
Started playing guitar when I was 13 years old. Played in a variety of bands in high school and college. Played professionally upon graduating and toured the U.S. with several bands—Connors/Stone, Rim Canyon, Pointe. Graduated from Berklee College of Music and San Jose State University. Love most all styles of music—rock, blues, alternative, country, jazz.
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