P.G. Banker

P.G. B.

Murfreesboro, TN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Playing guitar is fun!! I like to start students out learning basic chords to play along with simple songs a la The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, The Eagles or whatever genre is of interest (i.e. If you want to learn "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen then that's what we will work towards). For younger students (ages 5-9) we work on starting with simple melodies like: Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, Ode To Joy, The Star Spangled Banner, etc. while developing right hand (picking) technique, left hand (fretting) technique and introducing concepts like playing melodies on a single string, building melodies on multiple strings and using your ear to play. With intermediate players I introduce concepts like octaves, barre chords, pentatonic scale positions, major and minor scale positions, sliding pentatonic riffs and circle of 4ths / 5ths. I also continue them with learning songs, riffs, melodies and solos by artists and bands we want to emulate like The Bealtes, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Santana or whatever genre is of interest (i.e. Motown, Rockabilly, Contemporary Christian, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc). Also introduce improvisation techniques via major / minor pentatonic scale, blues scale, dorian and mixolydian modes, major, minor and 7th chord arpeggios (also adding in 9ths & 13ths), reading music and studying the styles of players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), David Gilmore (Pink Floyd), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Carlos "Santana", Duane Allman (slide guitar), John Mayer, etc.

About P.G. B.

I have been playing guitar, writing songs and studying music for over 20 years. I graduated from Boston College with a degree in Music composition and theory. I am also a recording engineer and write music for TV, film and advertising. I love to teach and work with students who want to learn. Basically, I like to make music and have fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I start working with new students by setting goals. My philosophy is to have fun and make music. Ultimately, my goal is for the student to be able to "jam" with other musicians. I picked up the guitar at age thirteen because I was inspired by Nirvana. I was quickly turned on to Jimi Hendrix, which eventually led to me discovering jazz, classical music, songwriting and eventually bluegrass. Music is a vast world and I believe in teaching songs that the student wants to play. So I start by working on songs that are of interest to each individual student.

*** Home Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in my home. Seating for parents available. No pets. Bass and electric guitar amplifiers are provided as well as cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a guitar tuner and learning materials (i.e. music sheets and learning material). I expect the student to have a guitar, bass, banjo or ukulele to play. I also advise an amplifier for electric guitar students. I am able to bring a small practice amplifier to lessons at student location.

*** Specialties ***
On Guitar: Acoustic & Electric guitar, Rock n' Roll, Blues, Jazz, Improvisation, Merle Travis chicken pickin', slide guitar and music theory. In the world of audio recording, I am well versed in Logic Pro X. I operate Logic in my personal studio to write and record music for TV, film and advertising.

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Jimmy King
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I found P.G. to be a very nice and personable teacher who wants to help you meet your goals. He is a very talented yet humble individual. I enjoyed our time together getting to know each other and discussing my goals. I feel he will make me a much better banjo player. I like his attitude and teaching methods. I look forward to many more lessons. By the way I am driving almost two and a half hours each way for my lessons. I am very serious in my quest to be a better banjo player and I feel I have found someone who will help me achieve my goal. Thanks

Posted May 25, 2018
Karen N.
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P.G. is an awesome laid back teacher. His knowledge of music is amazing! He takes his time in guiding you and he really listens to you. He encourages you with positive feedback on your progress. I highly recommend P.G. for anyone wanting to learn to play guitar!

Posted May 20, 2014
Russ C.

Outstanding Guitar Teacher

I've been wanting to learn to play the guitar for a long time and finally decided to go for it. I chose P.G.B based on his extensive music background and am glad I did. He's energetic, easy going, adjusts to your likes and learning style, provides excellent feedback, and motivates you be excited about learning the guitar. I've easily memorized a handful of chords and several songs already after only two lessons and we were even jamming in the second lesson. Can't wait to see how I'm playing in a month or two from now. I highly recommend him if you're wanting to learn guitar, he's makes it easy and a lot of fun. .

Posted May 15, 2013

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Experience

Owner
Apr 2004 - Present

PG Banker Music

I write, record, mix and master music for TV, film and advertising. I also work with independent artists who need their music recorded, mixed and mastered.

Writer / Producer / Marketing Director
Sep 2008 - Dec 2013

Hummingbird Productions

Hummingbird Productions, based in Nashville, TN, is a music production company most well known for the Budweiser Frogs sound design. The company specializes in writing and producing original music for TV and radio commercials as well as films, video games and online video content.

Education

Audio Technology Diploma
Jun 2008 - Apr 2009

Sound Audio Engineering Institute

Bachelor of Arts in Music & English Literature
Sep 1999 - May 2003

Boston College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Logic Pro X
Apr 2017

Apple

I obtained my Logic Pro X certification from Apple in 2017.

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Sep 2003
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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