Music has always been my biggest passion. I started playing guitar at the age of 10, and I haven't been able to put it down since. In grade school I started my first gigs playing in bands and spent all of my time outside of school playing guitar.
Coming from a family of eight where there wasn't much money for schooling, I put myself through high school and college gigging, and teaching.
I earned a music degree from Wayne State University in performance guitar, studying under the likes of Joe Fava and Charles Postlewate. At the same time playing extensive clubwork, shows, concerts, studio work and teaching.
My styles include virtually all elements of guitar. Rock, Blues, Metal, Country, Classical and Jazz.
In "2006", I opened up a guitar studio in South Lyon Mi, where I taught, along with lessons from my home.
*** Lesson D
etails *** I take a very serious, professional approach to my music studies and my teaching, but with a very humorous, and free-flowing concept to keep my students interested. I am very patient, and truly care about the progress of each student.
Each student that I teach has a different lesson structure depending on what the student wishes to accomplish. I tailor each lesson to help them move closer at a rapid pace to whatever style of music they have the strongest interest in. But because guitar is such a diverse instrument with many different established forms of technique, I do advocate developing proficiency in multiple styles of playing.
While I completely approve of learning to play music from TAB which expedites the playing of actual songs, I highly recommend that beginning guitarists learn to read music as you never know what they might end up doing with their knowledge. (Studio work, shows, teaching, or other scenarios where reading music is essential).
Starting to learn any instrument can be a challenge. But with persistence, guidance, and actual progress, learning how to play an instrument can be of the most rewarding experiences, regardless of your age. With my help, you or your child will be able to enjoy the experience of discovering how fulfilling playing can be.
*** Studio Equipment *** lessons in living room, music stands, acoustic & electric guitars, amps/cables
*** Travel Equipment *** Will provide a loaner guitar for a lesson if necessary.
*** Specialties *** All styles - Rock, Country, Jazz, Classical, Blues, Metal
I teach all popular style..rock, jazz, blues, country, R&B, funk,, etc. I also teach beginning classical.
I can teach reading, theory and technique.
I have taught these subjects full time for 15 years.
I am very patient and adjust areas of study to fit my students goals.
I started playing music around the Kansas City area twenty five years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. I also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA.
I have toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival,The Burnaby British Columbia Blues Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Winter.
I have released two solo CD's that have received first-rate reviews, as well as international airplay. Af
ter the second CD, I was biographied for AMG (All Music Guide) the internet's first source for music information. Here are excerpts from the AMG bio:
... there are also elements of Jimi Hendrix (arguably the first true heavy metal/hard rock artist), Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan in her playing, and she clearly has a strong appreciation of jazz--not only jazz-rock fusion improvisers like John Scofield, Larry Coryell and Mahavishnu Orchestra founder John McLaughlin, but also, straight-ahead bop favorites such as Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.......eclectic outlook is one of her strong points; her ability to move from a tough, aggressive blues-rock groove to a more cerebral, fusion-minded approach to the occasional soul-jazz/hard bop number has made for some very unpredictable albums.
I have been teaching full-time for the past 15years. I have taught all ages and popular styles. In 2008, my blues guitar method was published and distributed through Amazon.
*** Lesson Details *** I incorporate a tailored curriculum to help people achieve their personal goals. Learning music is not a "one-size fits all" proposition. I can show you the songs that you want to play. I can also teach you music theory, technique, improvisation, reading and more. I adjust your course of study according to your areas of interest. If you are dying to learn a Led Zeppelin tune, or are planning on auditioning for a college level jazz guitar program, I can help you achieve these goals. I have taught hundreds of beginners along side more advanced students. My students have gone one to study music at GIT, Fullerton College, Pasadena City College, Berklee, Cal State LA, and USC.
Most of all, I am extremely patient. The ability to playing a musical instrument is measure on a calendar, not on a watch. I often work at a slow, systematic pace. I am generally very laid-back. On the other hand, if you learn very quickly, I can readily show you the skills you need to meet your goal. I have fast-tracked many individuals that were seeking admittance to an academic program.
My teaching studio is computer equipped. This allows me to incorporate computer software that enhances learning. One such program, Band in a Box, generates accompaniment for students so that they can work on their soloing skills. Another program can slow recorded music down so that the student can practice slowly with it. Also, I often give out play-along practice CDs for improved learning.
The aspect of performance is often not addressed by many. I am able to work with my guitar students while accompanying by performing live bass or drum parts, or work with bass students while playing the guitar or drum parts. This allows the student to understand his or her roll in an live band.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated music room room w/ guitars, bass, drum set, pa system, and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I teach all popular guitar and bass styles. I am a expert in Jazz, Blues, and R&B. (degree in Studio/Jazz guitar) Great with theory, technique and reading. Have given recording lessons with CUBASE. Now teaching drum kit to beginners
I really like Kimberly because she lets me pick my own songs to learn and is really nice in general. She makes music sheets for me to take home and study and I’ve learned a lot from her since my first lesson. I think she is a great music teacher and I hope anybody who wants to take guitar lessons will give her a shot.
I have been a music teacher for 17+ years and an instructor for an online platform for guitar instruction--which collaborates with Full Sail, Berkeley, and Musician's Institute, as well as artists such as the famous Brent Mason, Joe Satriani band members, Bumblefoot (Rolling Stones) and others.
I own a local music/art/production institution which hosts lessons for many instruments and artistic pursuits. Personally, I've been teaching for over 17 years, and I teach beginner to advanced students in instruments like guitar, bass, piano/keys, voice, and drums, and depending on your needs, our studio offers a variety of professional teachers that teach all woodwind, brass, and stringed instruments.
I also am an online teacher for a the world's biggest web platform for guitar instruction, and teach lessons alongside those in Berklee alumni, Musician's Institute, as well with many very famous artists that are now in the music business.
Though I've had the fortune to work with some of the best in studios, as a songwriter, and player, and in education, both professional and informal, I love to teach entry level players up through
the intermediate levels the most. I enjoy watching people discover things for the first time, and in my teaching I really do my best to craft my lessons to the needs of the students. My primary aim in teaching is that I would cultivate in my students a love for music and learning. With these two things in place, a student can go on to be and learn anything.
Join me, we'll have a great time, and we'll get you to your goals while we're enjoying the journey of music together!!
My son was very happy with the lesson and the tips that Dave provided. Looking forward to future lessons.
October 15, 2019
Dave is a great professional teacher that knows to assess his students, knowledgeable in piano and guitar!
June 21, 2019
Dave is the absolute “best” teacher I have ever had! I’m an older (69) student and his techniques amaze me. I’m learning things I have never been exposed to and so wish I had had a teacher like Dave when I was 10...maybe I would be able to play! Thanks Dave!
Why these lessons are different: - Formally trained conductor/composer/producer - Individual or group session options including full band production - A long roster of satisfied clients - Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...) - Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States - Over 30 years performing experience
My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.
Curriculum Gradation: Elements of rhythm Elements of pitch Elements of dynamics Elements of articulation Reading/Writing notation Tone development Finding/Expanding your range Dexterity, speed, and accuracy How to project How to advance to the next level Music theory Playing by ear Improvisational techniques Finding your signature style Expression/Lyricism Composition/Arrangement Project Management
Darrell helped me a lot to get a handle on my Ableton rig. I needed to set up midi tracks, locate presets to create cool sounds from plugins. Then I needed to export the audio of a couple of those tracks to import into a separate Pro Tools project. Lot of progress, thanks Darrell! -- Frank S
June 18, 2019
Absolutely loved the lesson and loved Darrell. He made me feel very comfortable and made the lesson fun. I learned a lot and really am looking forward to the next ones. Very excited to be embarking on this new venture in my life.
My goal is to inspire students to create and share music that reflects their unique interests and voice, while providing a strong foundation of the fundamentals of music. We will work on theory, sight-reading, ear training, and whatever interests YOU to help you reach your goals.
Hi! My name is Rachael, and I've been teaching piano, drums, guitar, and ukulele throughout San Diego County since 2016. I earned my Bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston where I was a piano major with a focus on contemporary writing and production. After graduating in 2012, my work with the Chicago Symphonietta led me to Chicago where I began writing music for short films and ad agencies. In 2016, the sunny weather drew me to San Diego where I began my vision for Foster Music - private music instruction that inspires students to create and share music that reflects their unique interests and voice, while providing a strong foundation of the fundamentals of music, in a fun and supportive environment.
Looking forward to meeting you & making some music!
I’ve been playing the acoustic guitar for 20 years and my students can expect to learn the fundamentals that will get them playing the acoustic guitar fast! From chords to scales to learning how to play in different keys smarter using a capo, my students can expect to be given all the tools necessary to progress quickly with the acoustic guitar through fun and relaxed lessons. I’m eager to help students of all ages reach their short- and long-term goals.
I’ve been playing the Acoustic Guitar for about 20 years now and within those 20 years, I’ve had a lot of experience playing and singing, from small churches, nursing homes, weddings and funerals to the 4,500+ member church where I am currently part of the Worship team. I even once had the opportunity to play and sing for a couple of writers in Nashville, which was super cool! Now, you may be thinking, “Alex, a lot of experience isn’t the only thing that makes a great guitar teacher.” Well . . . you’re right! It takes MUCH more than that!
Among other things, it takes a keen awareness of a student’s abilities and skills, a great curriculum, a teacher’s heart and a strong desire to see your students succeed. Experience isn’t the only thing I’ll be bringing to your lessons. I want you to do well and I want you to progress as quickly as yo
u can. And just as much as I want you to be successful, I want you to have fun also! Playing the guitar IS fun, but it can become boring very quickly if your instruction isn’t adequate. There has to be a strong balance between playing, fundamentals and music theory for your lessons AND your guitar playing to remain fun. I can give you that balance so that you will not only progress in your musical abilities and knowledge, but you’ll be PLAYING and really enjoying it in the process!
So if you are looking to begin your musical journey with the Acoustic Guitar or are looking to move from beginner to intermediate-level, then look no further!
Over 10 years of experience in teaching guitar and 18 years of playing. My goal is to help you obtain your goals and to get you playing full songs in a timely manner. I will teach you basic fundamentals, chords, scales, strum patterns, chord progressions, how to read music charts, and much more!
I am a professional Singer/Songwriter with over 15 years of experience in the music industry. I fell in love with music and especially guitar when I was in middle school and haven’t been able to put it down since then. During my high school career I was a member of a National Championship marching band, I played lead guitar for FCA, and jazz band, and even started my own band which toured all over the country. Since then I have worked with fellow musicians all over and I am currently residing in Cooperstown, New York and I work as a songwriter for a record label based out of Nashville, TN called Big Machine. My goal as a guitar teacher is to make sure you become the best musician and guitarist you can be. I can’t wait to get started with your lessons! Feel free to ask any questions you may have!
I personally have not had a guitar lesson from Jameson, I'm a drummer myself, but I wanted to say what I know. I've seen this fella play many, many times, and I know those that taught him when he was younger. He is an excellent guitar player and a super good dude. He comes from a long line of musicians and educators in his family. I'm certain he would be an excellent choice as someone from whom to take lessons.
First off - he is SUPER punctual. The one time he was running late I even got a timely text message warning.
Second - he is ve
ry good at diagnosing issues and providing the right exercise/coaching.
Third - he is very flexible. I feel him supporting my music choices... not imposing his still or preferences.
And finally - he seems to me (I'm not good enough to judge) VERY skilled as a player... able to deconstruct songs, able to transpose quickly, able to find alternative strumming patterns.
I really feel very good about recommending him.
"Michael is very energetic and passionate about music. My kids have really enjoyed their time with him and we would recommend him to anyone!"
"So far so good. I’ve had 3 lessons so far and I cannot express how quick I’m learning. I’m 20 years old, male, I admit I was nervous getting guitar lesson
s because I never learned an instrument before. I really appreciated Erik’s patients and encouragement with me."
"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 st
yles of music on several different instruments. I highly recommend Randall for students of any age."
"I spoke to Angel this evening and he was really happy with the session today. I asked him to rate from 1-5 Stars and, as you can see, he rated Brandon as
"Raymond is a great teacher! Really knows how to hone in on the specific techniques that you need to improve your playing skills and become a better player
. I have played before but I am learning a different style with finger picking and Raymond is very patient with me and really listens to what I want to learn. On top of that he also has a great personality which makes coming to the lessons easy."
"My first lesson was very good and i believe we will be able to work well together. Kimberly makes learning music fun and thats what it al about."
"Amazing first lesson, picked up right away. I look forward to many more! Thank You!"
"Informative, patient teacher, time well spent! !!!"
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Understanding Guitar Strum Patterns
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