- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
With 20+ years of professional experience, I am well versed in most genres; including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk.
My music has appeared on national and regional television and radio and I have performed in major venues around the country including The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Hilton Grand Ballroom in Chicago, Terminal West - Eddie’s Attic - Centennial Park in Atlanta and many more.
Depending on your skill level I will either create a custom roadmap to sharpen your playing or start you out according to my lesson plan for beginners.
I teach students ages 13 and up.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 13+
- Teaching since:
My teaching method can be broken into two categories -
I will guide you through a time-tested and well-rounded method to get you up and running with the basics. I focus on fundamentals like basic scales and chords, optimal hand and finger placement, right hand picking technique etc. There is, however, plenty of room for having fun learning to play songs and riffs, because let’s be honest, that’s what we’re trying to achieve. So I always keep that in mind and use songs to teach the skills you need to learn.
By the end of your first month you will
Know what everything on your guitar is and does
Know how to change and tune your strings
Be able to play a major scale
Know how to play all of the most common major and minor chords
Be learning how to play a song we choose together
For intermediate to advanced students:
If you are interested in learning more about music theory, advanced scales, soloing/improvisation, songwriting and part writing, I am your teacher. Whether you’re working in a band and would like to develop more musical guitar parts, writing and recording or playing at local open jams, I have plenty to teach you.
Have a custom tailored plan for strengthening the areas we choose to work on together
Learn how to read and transcribe music (or get better at it)
Sharpen your improvisation skills using methods and techniques I have honed over the years
You’ll quickly learn that I’m a pretty easy going and friendly guy. We should get along just fine. It is, however, very important to know one thing going in…
Except for family/work/health emergencies I don’t accept any student’s lack of practicing for their lesson. It may sound harsh. And it’s because it is. It’s maybe the only harsh thing about my lessons. I’m far more concerned about your development as a musician than I am about making money, and I want everyone to be clear on that from day one.
The financials are important to me, but the personal rewards are far more important.
That being said, a situation like that is very rare and typically lessons are extremely fun, challenging and rewarding!
EXAMPLE SYLLABUS FOR BEGINNERS: (Example songs included)
Names of parts of the guitar
Names of strings
Fingering exercise 1 (1234-321)
Fingering exercise 2 (1234-1234….. 4321 - 4321….)
Major Chords 1 - Open (A C D E G)
Minor Chords 1 - Open (Am Dm Em)
Strumming exercise 1 (D - DU - D - D)
Strumming exercise 2 (D - DU - - UDU)
Song 1 (Strummed) - Using open chords (Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd/Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day)
Song 2 (Strummed) - Using open chords (Free Falling - Tom Petty/You Belong to Me - Taylor Swift)
Major Chords 2 - Bar Chords (B F)
Minor Chords 2 - Bar Chords (Bm Cm Fm Gm)
Song 3 (Strummed) - Using open/bar (Clocks - Coldplay/Stay With Me - Sam Smith/Times Like These - Foo Fighters)
Song 4 (Strummed) - Using open/bar (With or Without You - U2/Train - Hey, Soul Sister)
Hammer on exercise 1 (1-2-3)
Pull off exercise 1 (3-2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 1 (1-2-3 3-2-1)
Riff 1 Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple)
Riff 2 Day Tripper (The Beatles)
Riff 3 Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
Riff 4 Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
Riff 5 Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)
Hammer on exercise 2 (1-2-3-4)
Pull off exercise 2 (4-3-2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 2 (1-2-3-4 4-3-2-1)
Hammer on exercise 3 (1-2/3-4)
Pull off exercise 3 (4-3/2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 3 (1-2 / 4-3 ---- 3-4/2-1)
Basic Improvisation using scales
Song 5 (Riff/Strummed/Improvised) - Student/Teacher’s Choice
Song 6 (Riff/Strummed/Improvised) - Student/Teacher’s Choice
Guitar Basics Assessment and Certificate
Student will be tested on all previously learned songs, scales, riffs, and exercises as well as basic improvisation.
The following grades and their corresponding awards will be given at my discretion.
Student executes all tested material using correct technique, staying in time and without any mistakes.
AWARD: Framed certificate of “Guitar Basics Mastery”, Next Lesson Free
B (May Retest for an A in 1 month)
Student executes all tested material using correct technique the majority of the time, mostly staying in time and with minimal mistakes.
AWARD: 50% off next lesson
C (May Not Retest in 1 month)
Student shows a commitment to learning the material but does not demonstrate a sufficient amount of progress
OUTCOME: We will return to the point of weakness in the syllabus and work forward from there with new songs and exercises. Guitar Basics Assessment will be retaken at teacher’s discretion.