With a Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Colorado Denver, and five years of teaching experience on 14 different instruments, I am prepared to teach and guide musicians of all walks. *** Studio Equipment *** Full PA system, guitar amp, bass amp, music library w/ seating for parents *** Travel Equipment *** I can provide all instrumentation for any lessons I would teach and would not need anything from TakeLessons. *** Specialties *** I specialize in contemporary rock and roll, reggae/world music, jazz, and ballads. I am however extremely versatile and consequentially very comfortable with a wide range of musical styles.
I am originally from Northeast Kansas, where I started playing guitar and studying music at the age of 9. While studying guitar, I had several influential teachers, including internationally renowned finger-style guitarist, Andy McKee, and University of Montana Professor of Music and Classical Guitar, Dr. Luis Millan. Later, in my teens, I also began playing the Banjo, Mandolin, accordion, and other various instruments. While attending college at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, I began teaching private music lessons to students of all ages, and experience levels in Northeast Kansas. During this time, I also recorded and regularly performed with my bluegrass/country/cajun band. I have experience playing and teaching numerous genres including rock, pop, country, blues, jazz, ...
Mandolin lessons will consist of technique (chords, scales), repertoire (songs I suggest and songs of your choice), and sight reading (Tablature and/ or music notes).
When I was growing up I thought music was like magic and that only special people with super-human powers could play. I would think to myself, "How are they doing that? I would never be able to play music in a million years!" It wasn't until I was 14 I discovered guitar magazines and a method of reading called guitar tablature that I realized anybody can learn guitar! With determination, patience, and practice I learned as many songs and techniques from my heroes (The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin) as I could. I realized there is so much to learn about music that I could learn something new everyday. This still holds true to this day. I keep digging to find that magic place to which music can take you. It is my goal as a musician and a teacher to help other aspiring musicians (YOU!)
Hi! I teach classical mandolin to all levels of players.
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