Basic chords and strumming patterns, picking patterns, bass runs, fills, scales and soloing, improvisation
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
Patient and knowledgeable, good teacher! First lesson went great, I feel I have learned a lot already.
June 21, 2018
Robert has been teaching my 11-year old son electric guitar for the last few months and has done a brilliant job. My son loves his lessons and is inspired to practice and learn more. Robert works with my son's song choices and is amazingly patient and supportive. He is also an outstanding mentor for a young musician!
June 21, 2018
Robert is amazing! He is remarkably patient, encouraging, thoughtful, and generous. He is also quick to think of all kinds of fixes to advance your progress. He wears his encyclopedic knowledge lightly, and his lessons are always fun. I would recommend him with great enthusiasm for any stringed instrument!
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.
We have more than 10 years of experience teaching guitar and piano to adults and children 3 and up. We personalize each lesson to motivate you and help you reach your musical goals!
I am a professional musician graduated from the National University of Colombia. I can teach any style of guitar, piano, ukelele and vocals and have more than 10 years of experience teaching children and adults. If you want to learn to sing and comp for yourself with the guitar or play instrumental solo guitar, I am the one to learn from :) I look forward to meeting new students with a great passion for music!
Learn to play guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele, or saxophone AND MORE from a PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN with over 28+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE in performance and instruction. I am also a MUSIC THERAPY STUDENT at Maryville University. I cater to ALL AGES AND ABILITIES.
If I could give Brian 10 stars, I would. He is enthusiastic, present, supportive and highly knowledgeable. Learning instruments has always been a challenge for me , but Brian makes being a banjo beginner an absolute joy. I look forward to practicing every day, and can really hear my progress - which amazes me because it's only been just over a month. I can see myself working with Brian for the long haul. He puts me at ease, and always gives great responsive tips that improve my playing immediately. I feel SO lucky to have stumbled across his profile.
September 27, 2019
I look forward to working with Brian. He's easy going, funny and patient, but very knowledgable and goal focused.
I am a multi prize winning guitarist and have a Masters in Guitar performance from University of Georgia and for over five years. I teach a variety of styles and have taught student levels of brand new beginners to professional players. I always make sure my students have fun while progressing their abilities in the most efficient way possible. Can't wait to have you in my studio!
I have taught professionally for over 5 years and have had a very successful student base. I teach a variety of student levels from beginners to professionals, in all sorts of age groups. I do my best to stick with students for the long run and have had many that have come to me as brand new beginners who now perform in groups, bands and even teach lessons themselves! i teach all types of styles such as classical, electric, acoustic, jazz, rock, pop and even songwriting and bass. I am alway willing to help a student develop to whatever level/goal they want as effectively as possible.
Having a variety of experiences professionally and academically, I am very well suited to cater to the interests of my students. I am currently getting my Master's degree in classical guitar performance, but I often include a variety of styles in order to motivate your practice times at home. Whether you want really nail the sound of a Black Sabbath riff, learn to solo over a blues progression, or even learn a piano piece on guitar. I can help give you the tools to form your own musical identity.
In my lessons, I make sure that I do my best to serve your interests. No matter what style of music you are passionate about, I want to help you develop that passion into musical ability. This is done through practice, analysis, reading, and listening. Even if you want to focus on metal or popular music, I will make sheet music arrangements of the music you already know and love, to better teach you how to read and interpret written music. Also, playing with recordings will often be a part of lessons to help prepare students for playing with other musicians. This holistic approach to teaching will ensure you are the best musician you can be, and not just another guitarist.
Only committed students looking for a committed top level instructor need apply. I only work with individuals who are goal oriented and follow through. I promise to you nothing less than my very best as an instructor, and expect your very best in return. Operating at this level we will without doubt achieve your goals whatever they might be! Now a question to you, do you relate to any of the following?
• Do you try something for a few months and then give up? • Do you make up excuses for not dedicating the proper amount of time towards your goals? • Do you like receiving advice and direction, but don't follow that advice and direction? • Do you have the habit of regularly questioning and challenging the instructor's credibility when learning?
If you see in yourself any of the aforementioned qualities in yourself then I cannot take you on as a student. Those qualities are not conducive to a successful learning experience, so I must avoid them at all costs. I am however ...
I have been playing music since the age of 4 starting with cello, then guitar at age 11, and I have learned a variety of different instruments along the way. For 20 of those years I received formal training ranging from Suzuki group classes to 1 on 1 lessons to college music courses. I have 15 years of teaching experience. Note, however, that not all "years of experience" is created equal. I have passionately spent the past 15 years rigorously trying and testing many teaching techniques, approaches, and philosophies in a variety of formats, so that I could provide the most effective and efficient guitar lessons to you the learner. The formats I have taught in include 1 on 1, small group, large group, clinics, workshops, band coaching, instructor training and online 1 on 1. Each format has provided me with a unique learning experienc
e as an instructor that has been vital in allowing me to provide a top level learning experience to those I work with. From 2012-2018 I owned and operated Rock Life Music Academy in Arvada, CO. At the end of that 5 year period I closed the academy to focus on my own personal music endeavors. Out of my passion for teaching I continue to work with a select small group of individuals. Keeping my clientele list small allows me to provide the most focused & effective learning experience possible.
In addition to my first hand teaching experience I have also been trained in the art of teaching. For my first six years of teaching I studied teaching guitar & music with the very accomplished Tom Hess. In addition to Tom I have studied with other top level teachers as well. I am fortunate to have had the resource of consulting with these teachers in regards to teaching matters, and to have been able to build on their knowledge and experience. Furthermore, teaching music runs in my family as my step father is a professor of music at a university and my mother a retired middle school music teacher.
Lastly, to strengthen my abilities as an instructor I have always remained the student whether it's learning a new instrument, language, or martial art. This humbly allows me to relate to and empathize with my students. I am fully prepared to provide you with the best learning experience possible.
"Max was a great teacher. I walked in wanting to learn better soloing techniques for my bluegrass guitar. With Max's help, I got over several humps in my p
laying and solo creating skills. If you're looking for a solid teacher that listens to what you have to say, Max is your teacher."
"Really good instructor. Appreciated his flexibility."
"Brad Farmer is a classically trained guitarist with an emphasis in Bluegrass guitar. He has the perfect teacher "temperament" and never gets frustrated wi
th me...very patient and able to provide great insight on the best ways to practice so that you can obtain your goals quickly. While taking lessons with Brad, I have made marked improvements in a short period of time. Highly recommended!"
Even beginners can start playing a little bluegrass guitar. Music teacher Matthew K. shares a selection of his favorite easy bluegrass guitar songs...
When I first listened to bluegrass music, I knew I had to learn the guitar parts. They are very intricate and fun! The patterns weave in and out of each other, creating a sound that is unique to the genre. It can be a daunting sound for any beginner - and it may seem impossible at first - but remember, everyone has to start at the beginning …