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By Damien S. - Orlando Guitar Teacher
Teaching music theory and guitar lessons in Orlando exposes me to a wide variety of genres and styles. The eclectic population of Orlando and the city’s many live music venues lend to that. As a working guitarist and composer, exposure to a wide variety of musical cultures gives me the ability to pass it on to my students. I love musically broadening myself and students to these various genres and musical cultures when I am teaching guitar lessons in Orlando. Education is never-ending and creativity stems from that education. Orlando's culturally rich communities and reputation as one of the biggest tourist hubs in the world make it a mandatory stop for touring bands. There is never a shortage of live music in this "City Beautiful.”
As a teacher, I enjoy throwing my students into playing immediately during their guitar lessons in Orlando. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced musician, you play to have fun and enjoy what you are doing. Music is about expressing yourself and I feel my students should be able to do that sooner than later. A working knowledge of music, i.e. theory, also helps develop the musician’s creative attributes, along with helpful skills and rules to some of music's order. I enjoy teaching theory and watching a student "get it." This just helps broaden the student’s playing ability and creativity. I believe in giving the student what they want and helping broaden their knowledge and ability. A happy student is a practicing student and returning student.
I teach a variety of styles including finger picking, basic to advanced picking techniques, tapping, and jazz voicings.
I am proficient at all styles of music, however, I especially prefer acoustic finger picking.
I teach beginner to advanced guitar. I can teach any genre of music and have been teaching for over 10 years. You will not only know how to play but know what you are doing, musically.
My main focus throughout my career can be broken down into 3 categories:
-Knowledge of the fretboard
-Chord and Scale knowledge
I guarantee that if you are comfortable with these 3 areas, you will be able to play whatever you want, any style, any genre. Of course once the basics are finished we can then move into the specifics of your chosen style or chosen combination of styles. For example:
We would start to focus more on larger chord voicings as well as a more complex scale language. Heavy emphasis on improvising
Less of an emphasis on chords and more on soloing, specifically articulation techniques like bending, sliding, vibrato, legato (hammer ons/pull offs), basically all of the things that will make you sound "bluesy"
Less emphasis on lead playing and more on keys, chord voicing, and chord progressions. Also song structure and melodic note choice.
Heavy emphasis on techniques such as hybrid ...
For the last five or so years of teaching students I've been very rewarded with seeing my students achieve there musical goals. from songs, solos, theory, scales, ect.. i want to see your goals accomplished too!! It will be my pleasure to continue teaching the magic of music. Everyone can do what they set there mind to, all you need is a helping hand. I understand exactly how important my patience is to new students and will progress along students as fast OR SLOW as i see fit using my knowledge
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