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Billy K.
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I have developed a standardized, systematic approach to guitar instruction based on the belt system used by traditional martial arts. As students progress through the ranks, they are awarded different color “belts”. Beginners are white belts. The next level is yellow belt. Orange is next followed by red, purple, blue, and finally a black belt! I use pre existing text books so that the learning material is organized and easily accessible. I have had great success with my methods and my system makes the learning a lot more fun. I can also customize lessons for intermediate to advanced students who need to focus on certain key areas and can also prepare students for college entrance auditions. Group classes are available in special subject such as theory, note reading and advanced harmonic and melodic concepts. I am an energetic and enthusiastic instructor who insures that students enjoy their learning experience while being able to gauge their progress toward their personal musical goals. Join me today and get started on your way to a “Black Belt” in the Blues! Jazz classical and various other “world music” instruction is also available to include French cafe, Gypsy jazz, Brazilian bossa nova, Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Montunos and Irish music.
About Billy K.

Most of what I do as an instructor stems from my frustration as a student. I am convinced that the way I was taught to play music on the guitar is NOT the best way to learn it. I have spent a great deal of time developing my own methodology and feel as though I have a much better way to convey information to students so they can learn faster and retain information better. I pride myself in being the instructor who can get you to your musical goals quicker than any other instructor I know. I understand that students want to start playing music as soon as possible so I teach with that goal in mind. Students actually practice LESS but learn MORE under my tutelage. I have gone to great lengths to develop a functional practice regimen that, even though students are required LESS practice, they still get the good, solid fundamentals that they’ll need to achieve their individual goals. I also make sure that students are having fun while they learn. I regularly substitute material in the text books with songs that students WANT to play so that they can retain interest in what they are doing. I take time to explain how and where the concepts we are learning in the texts appear in and apply to the songs they are interested in playing. This has been a key component in the overwhelming success of my teaching practice. I, myself, continue to be a student of music. I still seek out instruction for myself in order to continue to grow as an artist and instructor. I am then able to continue with my students longer and instruct them on a more advanced level. I have a number of students that have been on my schedule for 5, 6, even 7 years as they are still able to grow under my instruction. I am enamored with the various styles of music throughout the world and have actively pursued instruction in those forms for my own education and enjoyment. As a result, I am able to introduce students to some genres that they may not have otherwise been aware of and perhaps light a spark of interest in these other genres, an interest that students may not have had previously. French, Spanish, Brazilian, Cuban, Irish, and, of course, American Jazz and blues, all forms that I am very familiar with and am able instruct on. I am also an active performer. My wife and I are a Gypsy Jazz duo known as Tesoro and have been performing up and down the southeastern United States for the past several years. We have a great following and are becoming more popular each year.

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Billy is the go to teacher. He helps me advance while retaining everything we learned.

Posted Jul 13, 2020
Principal Guitarist
Mar 2017 - Present
South Coast Symphony
Principal guitarist for the South Coast Symphony- classical and Latin
Jazz Guitarist
Mar 2014 - Present
Tesoro Jazz Duo
Jazz guitarist with the international jazz duo, Tesoro. Specialized in Jazz of the 1920-1940's
Guitar teacher
Jan 2004 - Present
self-employed
Teaching guitar, bass, piano; adults and children; online and in-person; private and group lessons
Freelance Guitarist
Jan 2004 - Present
self-employed
Freelance guitar performace with numerous ensembles: jazz, rock, classical; musical theatre
Guitar performance
Oct 2001 - Jan 2003
Musician’s Institute

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Guitar
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
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Pricing
30 minutes
$34
45 minutes
$50
60 minutes
$67
90 minutes
$84
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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