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Specializing in Rock, Jazz, Blues, and many other styles. All levels welcome, whether you're a complete beginner or you're an experienced player feeling like you've taught yourself all that you can and you want to learn some jazz theory, arpeggios, scales, more complex stuff, etc.
The are four basic levels to which I try to develop students' ability. In the beginning, I focus on getting students comfortable with the instrument, showing them some songs they'll have fun with, and developing the dexterity in their hands. You'll get a huge amount of help from in learning songs as I'll give you sheet music, play along with you, and basically talk you through being able to play the song.
Once you're comfortable learning songs with that amount of help, I'll start giving you sheet music and having you take it home and practice, and then go over questions or problems you may have the next week.
When you're able to teach yourself songs from sheet music, then I'll start giving you some easy songs to try to learn by ear. I'll give you some hints in the beginning about what chords are used, or what key the song is in, but eventually I'll take the training wheels off and throw you in the pool, so to speak, and make you learn the songs by ear, and then tell you if you ...
Guitar is my primary instrument. I have dabbled in a large variety of styles including irish folk, jazz standards, free improvisation, funk, rock, classical, blues, and more. I can help students of all levels achieve their musical goals on this instrument and discover new musical worlds.
I like to structure our lessons together based on your goals, regardless of your level of experience. We will work together to get you playing the songs you want, and learning new techniques to meet those goals.
For beginners, I'll ask for examples of the music you'd like to be playing, and we'll start with some basic chords that you'll need to play that music. Then we'll move on to more advanced techniques, and keep it fun!
For intermediate and advanced players, we'll talk about where you feel your strengths and weaknesses are in playing and practicing, and work together to push to your next level of music-making. If you are interested in learning (and it's a great benefit!), we will also focus on reading and improvisation skills.
No matter your experience, I want to work *with* you, not against you — I love students who ask questions and tell me when they need something to be clarified. We'll keep it fun, but focused. I look forward to working with you!
If music is a creative outlet, then teaching music must follow suit! Every student requires a different approach, so I'm not going to plug you in to a teaching system that was built without you and expect you to (1) learn and (2) be excited. I'll work to capitalize on your individual strengths and talents, and we'll work together to find creative and useful ways to solve your harder problems. Let's make music!
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