I studied flamenco guitar for 8 years under the instruction of Tomas de Utrera, NIco Angel and Rodrego Carteras. It is an expressive, percussive style of classical guitar that derives from Spanish and gypsy folk music.
Music can be as simple or as intricate as you want to make it. I will to teach you how to make the most of whatever knowledge and skill you have and to have fun while you do it. My tastes are all across the board, rock and roll, country, metal, opera, I love it all. So, let me know what you are into and we can go from there. I started playing guitar about 20 years ago and have fronted several bands that have played all over Chicago and beyond. Although I have studied ethnomusicology, theory, and composition in college, I owe my greatest debt to the Chicago musicians who inspired and later taught me. I began my private studies in flamenco guitar with Tomas de Utrera, Kelan Phil Cohran voice and theory, Hamid Drake instructed me on hand drumming, and from Rockin' Johnny Burgin I learned about the soul of blues guitar. Music is my first
love, and continues to be an endless fascination for me.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe the pursuit of musical knowledge and skill should be a fun adventure and therefore, in each and every lesson with me I hope that there is laughter. I like to start off finding out what you are interested in learning, then I will create a curriculum based on those interests. I like to get students going right away playing songs so they don't get bored. By the end of three months you should have a nice little repertoire of 6 or so songs in different keys and a beginning knowledge of your instrument and by six months we will have moved into scales, solos and a bit of theory based on your progression.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room, street parking. I have plenty of guitars, amps, pedals and tuners here. I also have audio recording software so we can record your lesson.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have guitar and tuner, student should also have a guitar.
*** Specialties *** I would say I am best a teaching rock and blues guitar. I have also studied theory and flamenco guitar and would be able to teach beginners.
I teach beginner to advanced flamenco technique. All 12 basic styles of flamenco and more will be covered: Rumba, Soleares, Alegrias, Bulerias, Colombianas, Farruca, Fandangos de Huelva, Guajiras, Verdiales Tarantos, Granadinas, Peteneras, etc.
The repetoire from Manitas de La Plata, Sabicas, Mario Escudero, Paco Pena and Paco de Lucia will be covered.
My name is Perry and I am a professional classical, flamenco and electric guitarist performing and recording in the Dallas area. I studied with Robert Guthrie at SMU for many years, as well as Brad McLemore of "Soul Food Cafe" and professional jazz musician Chuck Pangburn at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
I am familiar with all styles of guitar from fingerpicking to Bebop/Swing. I teach using a foundation in classical/flamenco style and technique. I have found that for my own career as a recording artist in both the classical, acoustic and electric guitar fields that the classical/flamenco styles are the most useful for developing and training the hands to become a consummate professional.
I teach beginner to advanced students of any age. I also can provide pro and amateur electric g
uitarists an in-depth study of correct hand postures and left-hand/right-hand technique which can help to refine their overall technique and stylistic approach. I can also advise professional electric guitarists on their electronics, effects pedals, and amplifiers to achieve their own individual sound. I also teach Bass, and reading the Bass clef.
My teaching specialties include: Solfeggio, Sight Reading, Music Theory, Scales and Modes, Left and Right Hand Technique, Blues Progressions, Jazz Standards the Classical Repertoire, Flamenco styles, techniques and repertoire, DADGAD and other alternate tunings, and the works of Sor, Giuliani, and Carcassi, Brouwer, Aguado, Villa-Lobos, Sabicas, Paco de Lucia, Pat Martino, John Fahey, and Davey Graham.
I have an in-depth knowledge of the stylistic approaches and techniques of such guitarists as Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew to name a few, and I can teach you the components they use to build their signature licks.
As a rule I only transcribe to give the students examples for lessons. I intend for all of my students to grow as musicians, so my lessons do not consist solely of transcribed solos and riffs.
I have a vast library of music, so I can draw from my own resources to teach you, or from a method of your choosing.
My schedule has a few openings right now. I do teach outside of my stated teaching radius, but ONLY at the 60 minute rate.
I teach people of all ages, from children to adults. I believe everyone is on an even keel, if they are willing and eager to learn.
*** Lesson Details *** Emphasis on classical posture and technique. Emphasis on sight-reading. All students learn to play basic blues and jam Technique varies depending on the particular style the student wishes to learn.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a limited number of learning materials such as exercises, listening or practicing CD on occasion. However, I feel that it is the student's responsibility to provide their own guitars, and the bulk of their own learning materials and necessary electronic equipment. This can include footstools, music stands, method books, amps, cables, pedals, etc.
*** Specialties *** I've been playing guitar for 25 years, and this has given me the time to study, perform, and perfect many styles of guitar playing.
I studied classical and flamenco guitar with Robert Guthrie for 4 years before and after my studies in the SMU program. I've also played in jazz and rock ensembles since the age of 14. I studied with Chuck Pangburn, pro jazz cat, and Brad McLemore, an indie rock songwriter, early on in my studies as an adolescent.
I encourage most students to learn to play on a classical or nylon-string guitar early on in order to develop proper technique, posture, sensitivity, and sensibility. I also encourage all students to learn to sight-read at a very early point in their studies. Once, this hurdle is cleared many other challenges are easily surpassed.
Presently, I am developing a new method which incorporates solfeggio, blues and popular music forms, and improvisational playing. I also am exploring the vanguard of new guitar technology such as the Vo-96, analog effects, and various guitar synthesizers.
I try to introduce an understanding of music theory early on so that students develop a full comprehension of not only the written language of music, but also, the sonic language of music.
Great personality and knowledge of music, really makes the lessons very personalized, fun and interesting. Definitely a good choice!!
May 8, 2017
Perry takes the time to explain flamenco and related styles deeply and thoroughly. He also provides detailed micro-scale feedback on hand/arm placement, orientation, range and which muscle groups to engage. But more than the technical, he has an awesome vibe and makes learning guitar quite an enjoyable experience.
An improvisational art like that is played from the heart and not from sheet music. I am familiar with the basic forms and techniques
My love of music and musical talent was discovered when I was just five years old. An uncle gave me a plastic recorder and, without lessons or help from anyone, I was playing melodies within days. Soon after I started taking private lessons on Saxophone and Clarinet. I played my first paying job at age 14. When I was 15, my private instructor, asked me if I would be interested in teaching. He put me on the County list of private instructors and and soon I had my own thriving studio of Sax and Clarinet students. From that time on, I have almost continuously been involved in music education. Though I had listened to the rock "guitar gods" of the 60's I never became interested the guitar until, at the age of 15, I first heard Maestro Andres Segovia through his televised master classes. About the same time, I was amazed by the chord
melody genius of jazz artists like George Van Eps, Joe Pass, and Bucky Pizzarelli. It was then I realized that the guitar could be an "orchestra." In the small town where I grew up, there were no guitar teachers so I studied with outstanding Guitarist Ed McGuire. Later, I studied formally with several renowned professors of guitar, including Bruce Holzman at FSU and Randy Reed, a professor at Duke University in Durham North Carolina. I have also performed in Master Classes for Classical Guitarists Atigoni Goni and Dimitri Diatchenko. Before making North Florida my home, I toured and played throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast in a variety of venues and styles from Rock to Jazz to R&B. Even after settling down I have stayed active in the music business, playing and teaching. I continue to work regularly performing solo, or in ensembles throughout Florida from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back teacher who prefers to motivate my students by instilling my love of, and enthusiasm for, music in them rather than using any kind of "scare" tactics. I had a very few "knuckle rapper" style teachers over the years and found them to be very unmotivating. A large percentage of the progress a student makes happens between the lessons. The more they practice, the faster they improve. I also believe in building a solid foundation that my students can build upon. A good teacher teaches a student how to teach themselves. On guitar, I encourage, but don't insist on, my students learning to read music. Some styles of guitar do not require it, but I do mention the gigs I have gotten over the years because I could read. On all instruments, I am a big believer in great technique, musicianship and improvisational skills.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio is in back of the house as an addition. It has its own separate entrance and is approx 160 sq feet. Well lit and with heat and air.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide a music stand if needed. Students must have their own instrument. They will need to get their own books, though I do provide much supplemental material.
I have been Randall's student for a few years. Randall is very knowledgeable about music and an excellent teacher. Additionally, Randall is courteous, professional, and punctual. I highly recommend Randall as your new music instructor.
July 14, 2017
Randall has been teaching my son clarinet for the past 2 years in his home and we couldn't be more pleased with my son's outcome. He knows how to work With students and get them to advance to their highest potential.
July 14, 2017
Randall has been teaching guitar to my 12 year-old son for about 3 years. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He knows and can teach many different styles of music on several different instruments. I highly recommend Randall for students of any age.
Experienced guitar teacher of 23 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical guitar skills. I specialize in finger picking for classical, pop, rock, ETC...Typically use Hal Leonard books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: sound recording equipment, Guitar Amps, effect pedals, sheet music, and more.
If you want to be the best, learn from the best. Talent, skill, confidence- priceless!.
Choosing the right voice coach or singing teacher can be a difficult task, as there are so many coaches and teachers out there. My approach is unique in a sense that I do not believe in a "One size fits all". With Decades of working with professionals in this music industry including celebrities, platinum recording artists from American, Eastern and African continents. I have worked with contestants and music industry professionals and producers from American Idol, America's Most Talented Kids, and America's Got Talent, as well as industry insiders, AR reps, TV networks, and many venues across the USA.
*** Specialties *** Voice coach, all genre. beginners, intermediates, advanced and professionals. Advanced Vocal Coaching, for professional
s, Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Classical, Broadway.
*** Lesson Details *** Guitar: Learning to properly handle the guitar, left and right hand techniques. learn to tune the instrument. read notes, and lean all major, minor, and seven chords by the end of book 1
Piano: learning all 12 scales by heart, proper fingers technique for both hands, reading both left and right hand notation by end of book 1.
*** Studio Equipment *** Tascam D8000 40 Ch. Digital mixer Alesus quad Reverb, Yamaha EX5 Korg Sound module Digitech Vocalist II Harmony... Pro Tools 10 Sonar XL XIII D Drums, 7 Pianos 5 Guitars, Bass, 2 Saxophones
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar, Keyboard, Saxophone, Mic, Laptop, Amplifier, Karaoke hard drive, and software.
I would highly recommend Tony Mitri as a voice and music instructor. My son takes lessons with Mr. Mitri and his progress has been astounding! He studies with other teachers previously without much success. My son has said he has learned more from Mr. Mitri than all of his previous instructors. He enjoys the lessons so he works harder at making progress and it shows. He helped him expand his range substantially, and increase his confidence. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in music of any kind. Mr.Mitri is awesome professional, patient and extremely knowledgeable. You won’t be disappointed.
July 31, 2018
you could tell that he not only was a good and patient teacher but that he was interested in well being and was exceptional in his creative approach to teaching! most definitely a 5 star teacher.
May 9, 2018
He is patient and very knowledgeable going try stick as long as possible !
Have you always wanted to take your guitar playing to a new level? Have you always had an interest in this romantic and passionate style of music that has been around for hundreds of years? Well look no further! I will show you that you do not need to be a virtuoso to play flamenco! Everyone has the ability to play this music, and I will help you unlock that potential! We will cover everything from how to hold the guitar, strumming/rasgueados, finger picking, tremolo, golpe, picado, and tresillos. I mostly utilize Juan Martin's method of teaching. You will be playing the most popular modern style of flamenco, Rumba, for your very first lessons! We will also explore the different types of Flamenco. The first styles, or palos in flamenco terms, is the ancient Solea. The Solea evolves into every other style we will discuss, including the joyful Alegrias, the melancholic Seguiriyas, the fiery Bulerias, and more. Come and explore el arte de la guitarra flamenca!
Hello there! I am currently a junior in college studying nursing, but also pursuing classical and Flamenco guitar during my spare time. Please do not be discouraged by me being only 20 years old; I may be young, but I am experienced. I went to a well known performing arts high school in Florida where I helped start their classical guitar program. I was the first guitar major to graduate from the school, and the first to specialize in flamenco guitar. My job after starting the program was to assist my teacher with her new students, which was a class of over 40 high school students (all of them trying different genres of music). I still teach a couple of those students, and some of them have gone on to receive recognition and awards in music.
You do not need to be a virtuoso to play these styles of music! My goal is to have you playing
from day 1! We will also focus on material you want to learn, while combining material any guitarist needs to learn. First lessons involve basic chords which will guarantee your early success on the guitar! Other topics include how to hold the guitar, strumming, finger picking basics, and how to produce specific sounds. If you are experienced with guitar, allow me to help with any musicality or performance issues you may have.
As a teacher I like to make phrasing of music one of my main focuses. I want you to really tell a story with all of the music you are making, even if it is just an exercise!
I hope to make your musical journey an enjoyable one that will last you a lifetime! I'm looking forward to working with you! Please let me know if you have any questions at all, whether its more about me, what other things go into my lessons, or if you want to know more about what the guitar can offer you!
"Music should reflect the poetry and emotions of life" -Juan Martin (flamenco guitarist)
“The beauty of the guitar lies in its soft and persuasive voice and its beauty cannot be equaled by any other instrument.” -Andres Segovia (classical guitarist)
Great first lesson with Zach. Looking forward to more.
October 4, 2019
Zack is an amazing instructor. He brings a vast amount of knowledge and skillsets on guitar and ukulele. He is kind and very helpful. He encourages the student to go at the pace comfortable to them and he is very committed to the goals that students set for themselves. Thank you very much Zack for being patient and teaching me the skills. I plan to come back to take his lessons again.
You will learn to play music you love. We will use the design of the guitar to your learning and playing advantage. Students like yourself learn to play beautifully in days, sometimes hours.
You are growing in a direction every moment. Whether that direction includes excellence with the magical instrument we know as a guitar, or somewhere else, is a choice completely up to you now.
I will not only be your teacher, but I will teach you how to be your teacher.
I quit guitar at 7 years old. I realized that many people quit for the same reason I did: when their fingers stroked the guitar, they didn't like the sounds they heard. Like many, I grew tired of the instrument, had no motivation to build the required finger strength, and decided playing guitar was ultimately boring (with all the wisdom of a 7 year old).
Later on in my life, I taught myself to play, and fell madly in love with playing guitar...
The difference was all in my approach.
One part was that I only played what I loved. There's a psychological benefit to that, and I will explain in session.
I learned to play beautifully rapidly (in days), and a year later, I learned to play classically, which was much easier at that point in time for two reasons: 1. I had the finger strength built up 2. I had experience expressing my soul
with the guitar thanks to my approach
In all my 15 years in music, I have never met anyone approach guitar like I did. It was a blessing that the creativity came to me, allowing me to go from one who had no patience or interest in the instrument, to being considered prodigious by nearly all of my peers, and performing live for prestigious events, as well as sitting down with a couple record labels; one being the largest in my country.
It's much easier and simpler than you think... When the teacher is great, they don't teach you much! Rather, they unleash something within you.
Guy's a legend and he's not even 30 I don't think. You will love learning to play with Spencer!!!!!
April 14, 2019
I am taking Spencer's advanced course at the moment, and I gotta say... This guy is just prodigious.
He's really personable, so in our first lessons, I learned that he taught himself to play by ear, like many of the greats.
What is really helping me play better, is something he calls the art of transformation; something he learned from listening to rare vinyl records nearly 100 years old.
Not only will you get better at guitar, but if you ask Spencer, you will learn many interesting facts about music and it's evolution.
I am a classical and flamenco guitarist with decades of experience and have studied with the best. I was Vice President of New York City classical guitar society and always interacted with students and masters .
I have over 25 years experience playing the guitar, both classical and flamenco. I have performed in numerous concerts and master classes in NYC. I can help you with all aspects of good technique. If you are looking for a teacher that understands pedagogy and how serious the art of learning guitar can be, I am the one. Often undoing bad habits because of bad teachers is what I specialize in. I have experience teaching students from age 10 to adults.
Ivan is an exceptional teacher. His instruction goes far beyond the technical foundation required for all musicians - he integrates teachings that help one tap into the emotional connection to music and how that impacts playing. His disciplined approach helped me break out of some habits that developed as a self-taught guitarist and his patience was an asset for someone like me, who is very impatient.
From Ivan you will establish a foundation that is build on theory and technique. With Ivan there are no shortcuts - practice, be diligent and you'll achieve consistency. He works you hard but it's worth the effort because with these pillars, even I, an uneducated musician, have seen growth in my skills.
Geography is no issue so no matter where in the world you live, I highly recommend Ivan as a teacher and mentor.
May 16, 2019
I had a great experience working with Ivan! He was an amazing mentor and I have learned a lot from him.
May 16, 2019
Best teacher, very patient with me, learned a lot. If you are looking to actually learn something definitely go with him.
"Today we worked through the middle section of Malaguena - Mark was very patient in explaining every note."
"As an advanced guitar student, i highly recommend Tomas. He is a excellent guitar instructor and is very patient. There is no problem when slowing down an
d working threw the teaching. I have been going to him for about 4 years now and i give him a five star rating. he's an amazing singer too, the learning opportunity is awesome!"
"I never picked up a guitar until after age 50, and then for some unknown reason decided I wanted to learn flamenco guitar.
I've been taking lessons wit
h Ed for about 8 months.
Ed is teaching the flamenco basics and techniques, and also makes sure he adds in some easier items so that I can see progress. The lessons are comfortable - Ed has an easy going personality that makes the lessons comfortable and enjoyable.
Very pleased with Ed as my instructor"
"Ras is very patient and methodical which is perfect and necessary for learning flamenco guitar."
"After only a few lessons, I feel that John is an excellent teacher. He is incredibly knowledgeable and teaches in a way that is easy to understand. He s
elects pieces for me to practice that are both challenging and fun. I enjoy the lessons very much and would recommend John to anyone."
"I have been taking guitar lessons with Ahmad for at least five years now and have become not only a much more knowledgeable guitar player, but also a more
confident one. My favorite thing about lessons with Ahmad is how he teaches in a multifaceted way while also catering to your musical interests. You are never simply learning songs - you are also learning how to read music and the theory behind the music you are learning. I would highly recommend Ahmad to any beginner or even an intermediate to advanced musician - Ahmad is immensely talented and you will never leave his lessons without learning something new! He is far and away the best guitar teacher I have ever worked with!"
"Adam is great and easy to work with!"
"Great experience. Just 3 lessons and feel I am on the right path with Jason."
"Rastaylor is a down to earth instructor with a lot of experience and provides helpful direction in his classes"
Falling in love with the sounds of flamenco guitar is easy, but this instrument is fun to learn and play too! In this article, we'll help you learn the basic terms and techniques for flamenco guitar.
Some folks get interested in flamenco through its virtuosic guitar playing, rhythmic dancing and colorful dresses, or the expressive nature of Gypsy singing. For guitarists of other styles, playing flamenco is among the most respected styles in the world thanks to its sound, tonality, and tec …