Guitar lessons can include (but is not limited to): -basic chords in first position and strumming basics -advanced chords in other positions -flatpicking basics -advanced flatpicking techniques (cross-picking, speed and agility) -basic and advanced fingerpicking techniques and styles -learning to accompany yourself while singing -learning to play with other people -participating in jams -basic of chord theory and structure -reading music OR reading tablature OR learning by ear (or all three)
Get to know me a little better by watching my intro video below, or click on the "Ask Michelle A Question" button right next to my picture! **Right now, I'm only taking new students to start September**
Hi! My name is Michelle. I’m a professional guitar and banjo player, and music teacher! I teach all levels of classical guitar, acoustic guitar, bluegrass and folk guitar. I also specialize in all levels of clawhammer banjo, but also offer 3-finger Scruggs-style bluegrass banjo lessons. I also teach all styles and levels of ukulele from basic strumming patterns to fingerpicking chord melodies.
I cater my lessons to each individual student. I love teaching all levels, so don’t worry if you’ve never picked up an instrument in your life…there’s no such thing as a hopeless case!! I work on building a strong foundation of form a
nd technique in all of my students regardless of level, whether you’re just starting out or are a more experienced player with some bad habits to break or looking to add to your musical toolbox!
My formal training is classical, I have a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master’s degree from Eastman School of Music, both in classical guitar performance. That being said, I’m a little different than most classically trained teachers, in that I have traveled outside of the classical world to the folk traditions of old-time and bluegrass music, and I am very passionate about this music. I also tour regularly with a folk/Americana trio called Harpeth Rising, which combines both classical and folk traditions into original music (but don't worry, it won't interfere much with teaching!)
My teaching style reflects my combination of influences. My style is fluid, and I work with each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses create a learning environment that is comfortable, relaxed, and ultimately very effective. I also expect my students to schedule regular practicing into their daily routines, which is something I also help my students with.
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**Availability notice: As I am a touring musician, my availability is flexible. For online lessons, I may need to reschedule times while I'm on tour. For in person lessons, we may need to reschedule missed lesson while I'm on tour. This will happen infrequently, but I thought I'd give fair warning!
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide my own instrument, and I expect my students to have an instrument of their own. If you need help purchasing an instrument I have 8 years of experience and knowledge of fretted stringed instruments, so I am happy to help advise you once you purchase lessons!
Students will learn the anatomy of the guitar, strumming and picking patterns, chords, scales, theory, and how to read notation, tab, and lead sheets.
I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and teaching to his/her strengths. Let's run!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper gr
ip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there. **Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.
*** Specialties *** For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.
1. *** See my article on drum set tips! *** http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-drum-sheet-music 2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-to-drum-as-an-adult 3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-drums-z07 4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/hand-eye-coordination-exercises-for-drummers-z07 5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/5-exercises-to-master-snare-drum-basics-z07 6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/which-drum-sticks-are-the-best-z07 7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/best-drum-set-brands-z07 8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-cymbals-z07 9. ***See my article about different grips.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-drum-sticks-z07 10. **See my article about drum apps. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/apps-for-drummers-z07 11. **See my article about drum thrones. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-thrones-gear-for-drummers-z07 12. **See my article about nailing performances.** http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-performance-tips-z07 13. ***See my article about rudiments.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/7-essential-drum-rudiments-z07 14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-tuning-z07 15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-charts-for-beginners-z07 16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/types-of-drum-sticks-z07#comment-910418 17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/bass-drum-technique-z07 18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-snare-drum-z07 19. ***See my article on Fills.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-fills-z07 20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/guide_to_different_types_of_drums_z07
Recording Credits: "The Mary Rose" and "Normandie" from the album, Demos and Premiers, by Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham
Alongside the general guitar techniques and methods, I like to focus on the aspects that are important to acoustic specifically, such as chord voicings, alternate tunings, fingerstyle, and hybrid picking
My name is Christian L. and I am a 28 year old guitar/music instructor in the Orlando area. My interest in guitar began when I was 12 years old and blossomed into a full time obsession about 3 years later when I started playing small gigs as a solo guitarist playing simple jazz and classical pieces for small art clubs and events. Alongside gigging, I also began teaching guitar, ear training, and music theory when I turned 18 and have been teaching full time ever since. During that time I also spent 4 years in music school for classical guitar. Currently I spend my time teaching, recording, and performing various styles including rock, jazz, pop, hip-hop, musical theater, metal, and country.
Throughout the 8 years I have been an instructor I believe I have refined my teaching style to be as versatile as possible to accommodate any learn
ing style a student may have. I am capable of teaching all styles of guitar at any skill level with an emphasis on ear training and general knowledge of guitar techniques.
Slight disclaimer in regards to lesson length, price, and student interest:
Over the past year or so I have tried a new teaching structure that I find to be quite rewarding for myself and the students I have had. My lessons do not have a maximum time limit, meaning a lesson could go for 2 hours, if that is what the student wanted, for the same price as a 45 min lesson.
This may sound strange in that I would be losing out on a large amount of potential money but the simple answer is this: I love music and guitar as well as teaching music and guitar. If we are in the middle of a great topic that you, the student, is really interested in, there is no way that I am simply going to stop talking about it when the "timer" stops and there is no way I am going to charge you more for getting into a topic you want to learn.
I find that students who spend more time in the lessons tend to become more interested in guitar and thus, better at playing. I do have to instill a minimum time limit of 45 mins however, any less is honestly just not enough time to get anything worth while accomplished.
One last thing, music and guitar have made up the majority of my daily routine for the past 10 or so years and have literally paid for everything that I currently own as I have never had any other type of job. What this means is that I take the craft very seriously and I project that in the lessons. Basically, if you are genuinely interested in learning guitar and music at any skill level, I will show you everything I possibly can to let you meet your goals. However, if you do not take it seriously, as in you don't pick up or even think about the guitar except for lesson days, the lessons may quickly feel pointless.
For more information on what I teach, feel free to look into the category entitled "Guitar" as well as any of the other subcategories that you are interested in.
Christian was beyond what I have expected and look forward to our next sessions ...great teacher and took time to show and explain the correct way of playing
April 8, 2019
Lessons with Christian have been very informative and fun. He is not only a talented player, but knowledgeable regarding music theory. Most importantly, he has the ability to teach and communicate concepts and and content in practical ways that are beneficial to the student.
He has been proactive, supportive and will go beyond time constraint in order to take advantage of the moment and accomplish the goal of each lesson.
So far, a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!
March 6, 2019
Wow wow wow. I had my first lesson with Christian, and he absolutely blew me away. Super talented musician. He has such a wealth of knowledge of the fretboard, musical theory, and different genres. I am into prog rock/metal and blues. I’ve never taken lessons before, and do not know scales or many chords, and christian identified exactly where to start off. He broke it down to a science and completely demystified the guitar. In small bite sized chunks we went for over two hours. It was a proper class with 1 on 1 personal attention. He is approachable with any question, and helps you understand the WHY of things, not just how to do something, which gives you such a stronger foundation to build off. I cannot wait for the next session.
Each lesson will be individualized for each student to better serve your own personal goals as a musician. Within the fist lesson we will cover the basics and get working on the first song you have in mind to learn. I look forward to sharing the knowledge and meeting you!
Welcome to my profile! My name is William Beck. You can call me Will or Billy your choice.
I have been teaching mainly guitar and songwriting here and there for over 11 years. I started playing guitar at age eleven. I began writing my own songs at age thirteen and haven't stopped since. I am an artist above all things, and meditate frequently for continuous inspiration and insight. I graduated high school in 2005, now I am a full time student at SPC. I am going for my A.S. in Music Industry Recording Arts degree. It has been said a good teacher will remain a student. With me you will learn at a pace that is comfortable for you, yet challenging and encouraging. I would like you to have a pleasant experience, which is why patience, tolerance, and communication are very important to me. To sum it up I am an artist, musician, writer, stud
ent, and teacher, eager to learn more, and inspired to pass it on.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Looking forward to meeting new people eager to learn with me.
Billy helped me understand what i wanted out of music and tailored the lesson to do just that...started w the basics but then let me direct whete i wanted to take my playing...easy going and made it so much fun....i would recommend him to anyone at the beginner/intermediate level, as he is adept at getting to know who u are as a player and goes at the appropriate pace....great teacher!
February 12, 2016
William is an awesome teacher. He is exactly what I was hoping for, very knowledgeable, low key, great personality. I am excited to be learning from him!
February 1, 2016
William is very well prepared and very encouraging.
Through the foundation I've gained by the influences of Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, and Suzuki musical instruction methods, I compile my own teaching materials. Using personally constructed guitar lessons, I demonstrate, instruct, and guide the student based on my assessment of their individual needs, skill level, and progress. Lessons are formulated in Modules, and advancement through them is based on the student's personal aptitude, skill level, and practice commitment. Learning is accomplished by ear as well as through essential methods of musical notation (tablature, 5-line staff, rhythmic comprehension). Students are trained to perform written music as well as to write and express the music within themselves. I'm an encouraging and motivating guitar teacher with a casual relaxed approach. Teaching new guitarists is very rewarding to me. To see the light come on and watch a student perform a song, express themselves musically, and create their own composition is an awesome experience.
The key to learning guitar......is finding the right instructor!
I am an encouraging, effective guitar instructor and an experienced performing musician, offering in-person beginner through intermediate guitar instruction in my home and on line.
It is very rewarding to me to help others along the journey of creative expression through music. To see the light come on and watch a student perform a song, express themselves musically, and create their own composition is an awesome experience. To kick back after a long day and let your soul speak through a musical instrument is a wonderful release. Please let me guide you along this incredible adventure to bring out that inner artist!
You'll learn guitar playing posture, strumming patterns and an understanding of rhythm, tuning, chords progressions and chord theory, basic principle
s of reading tablature and 5 line staff, and great popular songs. You'll be playing your favorite tunes in no time!
Through formal and self- instructed lessons from age 12, I've learned country, folk, blues, rock, and metal techniques and formed several local bands as lead vocalist and lead/rhythm guitarist. Writing and recording my own music has been a hobby for over 30 years.
An active music enthusiast from a young age, I began with clarinet technique and music theory from age 9 through public schools, performing in orchestra and marching band.
I'm enjoying my lessons with Scott. He has taught me a lot. He makes playing and learning exciting. I can't wait for my next lesson.
May 12, 2018
I started with Scott as a newbie and he has definitely helped me grow as a guitarist. He takes time and makes things easier to learn. As complicated learning can be, he simplifies it and breaks it down. When I feel like I’m not progressing he always shows me how I am. His modules are easy to follow. His teaching style is compatible with all types of learners whether you are visual, hands on or a listener. It’s not just business with him. He’s always available for questions after or between lessons. He’s knowledgeable in equipment so don’t hesitate to ask for some advice on what to buy. He’s affordable and lesson times are flexible. I highly recommend him for all ages and learning needs.
April 7, 2018
Scott has been a great help to me, filling in the gaps and teaching exactly what I request: techniques, specific songs, and lesson times at work for me. He communicates well and follows up after each lesson with emails.
I excel at teaching young people how to navigate the guitar using single notes, chords etc. I will teach you how to read music as well as how to use chords to cover your favorite songs or even write some of your own!
My name is Mallory and I moved to Nashville from Los Angeles 3 years ago. I had a roster there of 55 private students of all ages and levels. I am immediately available and I have extensive experience instructing at summer camps, musical theatre, contemporary vocals, songwriting workshops etc. For Private Lessons, I teach a combination of a classical and contemporary approach in all mediums: Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting, Acting, Musical Theater, Audition Prep, Shakespeare etc. Teaching is a passion and a joy so if you're looking for a teacher who cares and will tailor each lesson to the individual student, look no further!
She is incredibly passionate and patient with my 6 year old daughter. Wonderful communication skills. Very flexible and understanding with planning. The type of teacher that children really respond to.
Hey there! My passions are technique and accuracy; by perfecting technique comes a deeper understanding of theory. I have lots of teaching methods that will encourage you to play your favorite songs and styles with the sounds you like. I'll focus on the very basics of guitar theory in order to get to a higher level of understanding music theory. I will challenge you! We will have lots of fun and you will see, hear, and feel your own improvements with my teachings.
If you are fascinated about guitar technique and awesome weird sounds that you can do with your guitar, you will like having lessons with me.
I began as a classical guitar player, studying traditional classical pieces and applying them to my guitar. During that time I began to explore and became drawn to rock music, virtuoso guitarists, and heavy metal. My fascination with the electric guitar, the techniques, the speed and all the things that comes with it are still pulling me in.
Later on in life I fell in love with Flamenco, specifically Paco De Lucia. I learned his songs and combined it with my own music while studying fusion and finger picking styles; every style I liked, I learned, I mastered, but I know, as much as I teach, I also learn.
Today I play in LA and Israel, I produce projects, record guitar tracks and songs, and teac
h at my studio or online.
As a teacher I will challenge you! I will give you multiple exercises and lots of homework. Over the years, my students have won guitar contests, gotten into successful bands, and are touring around the world. If you are willing to work hard, you will get better! You will see, hear, and feel the difference in your playing. I'll show you the way and will be with you step by step.
This guy is much more than a guitar teacher :)
Probably the best there is.
May 18, 2018
I know Shai for many years and he is an amazing friend and incredibly dedicated musician! If you want to work hard at guitar, or musicin general, get those chops and timing going, flamenco, whatever it is, Shai is the man!!
I'm a massive people person (which is very helpful when playing guitar) I have a very cool teaching method that makes learning fun .
I have played in bands, duets, and as of right now solo. The joy of playing the guitar can be so rewarding , the sound of applause, people dancing, oh yeah getting payed to have a blast. I will make learning the guitar something to look forward to. Thanks, Brian
"Dave is amazing. My daughter (10) is a beginner guitar player (1 year experience) and having a blast with Dave. Dave is an inspiration. He makes it fun to
learn, and custom creates books for her, using music she loves. He is so thoughtful about how to rewrite songs in order to teach the skills and music theory she needs at her level. She loves practicing and looks forward to every class. It's also super convenient that Dave comes to our house, and having an hour long lesson means they can cover a lot of ground. We all love listening to them jam from the other room! Cannot say enough about Dave. He is amazing!!!"
"Although I lacked the commitment to follow through with my lessons, Earl's teaching ability is STELLAR!!! In the short time I was taking lessons with him,
I learned a lot, relatively quickly."
"I have been taking guitar lessons from Ryan for five months now. Within those five months I have learned to use several techniques on the guitar. Ryan has
also taught me about other instruments which has resulted in my guitar skills to be a lot better. Currently we are working on my rhythm by using the drums. Feeling the beat of the drums helps me with my rhythm. Ryan does not only uses drums but other instruments too. To help connect the instrument you came to learn on. Over all Ryan is are great teacher and I have learned more in five months than I did when I tryed to learn myself."
"Super cool guy, very knowledgable with music, very patient. I recommend."
"He's patient and he know his stuff. Recommend!"
"Anyone with half a brain knows that if a student is unhappy they can change teachers easily. Only a coward writes anonymous reviews out of jealousy. Since
Take Lessons guarantees all lessons a person with integrity would simply work things out over the phone instead of hitting "below the belt". Some teachers have learned from the best at M.I. in Hollywood so that is telling it like it is. This is not "Name Dropping." I have known James for 15 years and have found him to be the best teacher ever, period. Don't believe anything you read in "anonymous" reviews."
"Katey is a wonderful musicians and a caring and attentive teacher. She understands music on a deep level and is great and making learning fun."
"Dan exceeded my expectations. He is fluid, thorough and makes the material easy and fun. Thanks!"
"So much experience and knowledge. I feel confident after first lesson. Loving it!"
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