Richard Diaferio

Richard D.

Waterbury, CT
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I can teach you how to play the guitar in many style's. Blues, Jazz, Finger Jazz, Country, Rock, Punk Rock, Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Classical Guitar, Metal & Thrash.

(In The Lessons) You will learn tuning, notes, reading tablature and/or notations, chords, strumming patterns, scales, pentatonic scales, wide pentatonic, patterns, scales, dimished scale, solo's, two hand taping and eight finger taping, arpeggios, tremolo bar, alternate picking, sweep picking, economy picking, over the fretboard picking, legato, technique, exercises, transposing, composing, song learning and more.

When taking a lesson from me, you will receive a .pdf file tab or a gpx tab that I transcribed for you to follow. I use guitar pro and it helps my students work on the lesson while they use the program.

I can teach you a lesson or you can suggest your own. All I need from you is a style, lesson, song name and artist and I can prepare a lesson ahead of time that will fit in what you would like to learn.

I will show you fingering and picking as we play along with the song. You will learn tips on playing, programs, recording equipment, guitar and amp tone and effects tips as well.

Here is some examples I'll be teaching you!

Here is the Open Notes for the Guitar. (Tablature notes)

E__________________________0______ Higher 1rst E Open String
B______________________0__________ 2nd B Open String
G__________________0______________ 3rd G Open String
D______________0__________________ 4th D Open String
A__________0______________________ 5th A Open String
E_______0_________________________ Lower 6th E Open String


C,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,G,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, D


Fingers - 3 2 1, - 2 1 3 4, - 0 1 3 2

Using a pick, strum chords with a down stroke. While you strum the chord, count 1, 2, 3, 4. So for example, 1 strum, 2 strum, 3 strum, 4 strum.

Make sure to strum for each number you count out.
Now try up stroke of the pick across the strings.

Down stroke = To the floor
Up stroke = To the ceiling

Also try counting, 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & while the down stroke or up stroke of the pick on the number. On the & we will let the chord ring out.


G Major Scale


Fingers 2 4 1 2 4 1 3 4

While you learn the major scale it's a good idea to relate this scale to; "do, ray, me, fa, so, la, te, do". That's one way to learn the major scale is by memory. If you can hear it in your inner ear, you can play it. You also will remember it and it will stay in your memory. This is how we learn songs and this is how we remember it. It's a technique that will grow on you, by practicing it.


A Pentatonic Scale


1 4 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 4 1 4


Pentatonic scales are used for all styles of music. We tend to use these scales more often because it easier to play and remember. You can record yourself playing the above chords and try to play with the pentatonic scale. Make sure to transpose the pentatonic in the right key. For example, if you are playing the C chord, use a C pentatonic scale. C is three half steps up from A on the 6th string.
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Richard delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 80

Teaching since:
January 1990

I started learning how to play the guitar around 15 years old. I have over 36 years experience. I took lessons for three years of reading, writing tab and notations, chord charts, melodies, classical guitar, soloing, taping, techniques, song learning, ear training and transposing. From the songs, I've learned to play the rhythm and solo. Over the years, I self taught myself guitar by listening to my favorite artist. I played in local bands for many years and performed in venue's in my home town. When I play in bands, I'm always labeled the lead guitar player of the group. I would help everyone out with their parts and timing. I have recording experience in the studio as much as my home studio using Steinburg's Cubase. I took a music theory course and received a certificate.

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Guitar Teacher
Jan 1985 - Present
Private Lessons

Taught guitar, bass and piano


Oct 1981 - Oct 1984
Private Lessons with Ed Arrello


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Theory
Apr 1994
Jim Sutton Institute of Guitar

Guitar music theory course for guitar players


Sep 2016

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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Photos & Videos

Shaded Mirror performs at the Y Rock Showcase June 26, 2010 we supported the YMCA charity public event.
Dio Tribute/Cancer Benefit at Toad's Place New Haven, Ct. July 22, 2011. I played in a group called Shaded Mirror.

Dio Tribute/Cancer Benefit at Toad's Place New Haven, Ct. July 22, 2011. I played in a group called Shaded Mirror.
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Garrett Sep 30, 2016
Guitar · In home

My time with Rich was really strong. I took lessons from Rich for a short while when living in Connecticut. The time I spent with him was VERY helpful to me as a novice guitar player. Rich has an unbelievable knowledge of the instrument and is quite an accomplished player. He is a really strong instructor and genuinely wants his students to get better.

In short, Rich is a very talented instructor/player and I would definitely take lessons from him again.

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