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Keith P.

Olmsted Falls, Ohio
I've been teaching guitar almost my entire adult life. Started in 1978 in my parents house and after that a couple of music stores. I'm now teaching in my home studio. My teaching goals and curriculum will depend on the ability of the student and their knowledge of the instrument. It doesn't matter if they are at the beginner, intermediate or advance level, I have experience teaching all levels. Most students want to learn how to play songs. I focus a great deal on learning how to use the proper technique to play all the chords needed to play the songs they would like to learn. If you want to learn how to read music and or play lead guitar I can teach that too. I'm a professional guitarist and singer. I've been performing in bands none stop for over 40 years and I'm still performing on weekdays and weekends as a soloist and with my band. I teach practical guitar lessons that can be applied to building up for performance with a band or as a solo artist. I'm also a song writer and studio recording producer. Music is my life. Take lesson with me and you will see just how good you can be.
About Keith P.

I specialize in teaching and performing Country, Blues, Rock n Roll, Folk, Bluegrass even a little Jazz. I love many musical styles. I teach both Electric and Acoustic guitar playing. Guitar is my main instrument but I also play other string instruments. As they say you can't take it with you when you go so I'm gladly passing the knowledge I've acquired to you. Teaching is my passion. I do not teach for the money, although I do get paid, but what I charge is really reasonable by today's standard. I teach because I enjoy helping people learn how to play the guitar as well as other subjects. I have so much knowledge that I want to share that knowledge with others. Because of my experience and educational background, I am able to help my students learn what they "need to know" in order to play the songs they want to play. Students will benefit from my unique teaching methods. I won't waste any time learning things that don't apply to your personalized objectives. You tell me what you want to be able to do and I will teach you what you need to know to get there. I have a easy going personality and a user friendly teaching style tailored to the students individual needs. Here is some more information about my experience and educational background. I've been a working musician almost my entire adult life. I'm performing around 60 gigs a year in three different bands. Each band I perform in is different and unique. I also perform from time to time as a soloist. When one dedicates their life to music the way that I have, it's not hard to find work. I have more work than I need. I love playing music so much that I now do it for the pure enjoyment. It's really difficult to do all the music I enjoy playing with just one band, that is why I play in three. I’m am a student of the guitar as well as a teacher. You never stop learning. I'm also a Husband, Father, Son, and yes a grandfather. Here is a little about my musical background. I started teaching guitar lessons to a few students in my home in 1978. Wow can’t believe it was that long ago. That led me to teaching private guitar lessons at two different music stores as well as guitar class for an adult continuing education program. After a run of 15 years and graduation with a Masters degree in Adult Learning and Development I became a serious student of the guitar studying around the country and in Canada. During this entire time I performed as a working musician in several bands. I am also a singer and songwriter. In 2017 my band Canyon Wind released our 3rd Album of all original music. I wrote or co-wrote all the songs. *** Lesson Details *** I can teach a student how to: Read music and tablature Form and play chords needed to play songs Music Theory and ear training Good Timing Proper right and left hand technique Both Lead and Rhythm techniques Acoustic and Electric guitar And I can help the experienced player break bad playing habits and advance to higher levels of playing. I like to incorporate visual and audio aide as well as demonstration when I teach. I use all or part of these teaching methods and more in order to enhance the learning experience. I always base my instruction on the needs, abilities and goals of the student.. *** Studio Equipment *** Basement studio w/ guitar, amps, pa system, vocal microphones and seating for parents *** Specialties *** Country, Blues, Light Jazz, Classic Rock, Motown, Soul, Bluegrass. Acoustic and/or Electric guitar and Ukulele. Right and left hand technique is so important. I spend a lot of time making sure you develop great technique. It's amazing how many guitar students come to me with bad technique. I can help you clean up your playing by developing proper technique. I can teach people how to play both "Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Soloing, Chords, strumming patterns, chord progressions, and a little finger picking. I teach how to use a plectrum, which is also called a pick. I'm primarily a flat picker when playing lead guitar and I love strumming away at playing rhythm. Learning how to play lead guitar is fun but when you think about it 90% of most tunes is made up of playing rhythm. It's so important to learn how to be a great rhythm player. In a band they call it playing in the pocket. but if you are a soloist supporting your own singing or in a duo where you are accompanying a vocalist playing solid rhythm is a great skill to have under your fingertips. If you write your own music I can teach you music theory. You want to learn how to write your own music. I can guide you and teach you how to develop song structure, hooks and great melody lines to your tunes. On the guitar most guitar players play by ear but if you desire to learn how to read music I can show you. I coach both singing and playing as well as preparing for performance. Both on vocals and guitar. I have never had just a vocal student but I encourage students to sing while they play. So if that is there desire I can help. I'll show you how to play guitar scales you can use for vocal exercises. While studying voice at Baldwin Wallace I learned how to play the vocal exercises my teacher was showing me on guitar. I can pass this knowledge on to you. If you play in a band, or desire to play as a duo or soloist. I have the experience to guide you along your path. There is an art playing with others that can't be overlooked. If that is the direction you want to take your in good hands with my guidance. Some of my students just want to play in the comfort of their own home. Maybe only with their dog or their significant other listening. They find great joy in doing this and have no desire to ever really perform in public. And that is GREAT! When you break it down to the least common denominator, we do this for the love of music. I love music and the joy it brings to my life. You can experience the same joy that I have so why not let me help you? Let's face it.... is there really a better instrument to learn than the guitar? From my perspective there is not. And it's never too late to start.

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since 1978

Adult Learning and Development Master

Age: 17-70

Has background check

Instructor details
Subject: Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Bass Guitar
Bluegrass Guitar
Blues Guitar
Country Guitar
Music Performance
Music Recording
Music Theory
Teaches 10+ subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
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W. Northwood Dr

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Student's home

Keith is great. I had a great first lesson. I learned a lot already!

Posted Oct 30, 2021
Teacher's studio

Great first lesson.

Posted Sep 24, 2020
Teacher's studio

Great teacher

Posted Jun 30, 2020
Guitarist Singer Song Writer
Sep 2012 - Present
Canyon Wind
I am singer songwriter. I perform the songs I've written or co-written with my band Canyon Wind. We now have over 50 original songs and a steady local once a month gig to play them. We mix in our original music along with popular cover tunes. I composed all the piano and bass guitar parts in notation on our recent album and I'm in the process of recording a forth album. I wrote all of the melodies and some of the lyrics. When you listen to a Canyon Wind recording you'll hear me playing a number of different sounding electric guitars, a Nashville tuned guitar, 6 string acoustic guitars, Both electric and acoustic 12 string guitars, bass guitar, and even some ukulele and Harmonica.
Adult Learning and Development Master
Jan 1994 - Jan 1997
Cleveland State
Master Degree Adult Learning and Development
Sep 1991 - Jun 1994
Cleveland State
Jan 1990 - Jan 1994
Baldwin Wallace
Jan 2015
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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