Playing guitar has surpassed being a hobby for me, it has become a way of life. Every day I practice and write music, trying to further develop my individual style. I have been a working musician since 2005. In that time I have played with bands doing folk, rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, musicals, reggae, punk, funk, covers and much more! I learned there are two main aspects of being a successful guitar player: Listening actively, and practicing regularly. I began teaching in 2006, and have successfully taught 100's of students. My goal as an instructor: I help you overcome the difficulties of learning guitar and push you in the direction you want, using songs and exercises to help get you there.
*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are taught in a relaxed environment. I want my students to feel comfortable and also that they are learning things that can benefit them. I treat every student uniquely because everybody learns their own way. The first few lessons are spent learning basic right and left hand technique. Once I feel the student has a good understanding of these techniques and can demonstrate them, we begin to explore different styles that interest the student. All of my students will at least know 1 song by the end of the first month. Within 6 months to a year my students will be able to play several songs and demonstrate intermediate technique. This of course can only be achieved if you follow my NUMBER ONE RULE: Play your guitar at least once a day. That's right, put the guitar in your hands every day to start out. Intermediate to Advanced Students (1-2+ years) should be playing at least 1 hour daily.
*** Studio Equipment ***
My home studio contains 3 electric guitars, 1 electric bass, 2 ukulele (tenor size), 1 acoustic guitars, basic recording equipment and a microphone.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I come to each lesson with an acoustic or electric depending on the nature of the lesson, and I bring tab sheets, a computer (if necessary) as well as a music stand. I expect my students to at least have an acoustic guitar or electric guitar with cable and amplifier, as well as a folder or binder with inserts to keep notes. Guitars should be out of it's case and tuned before I arrive to the lesson.
*** Specialties ***
Delta/ Classic Blues, Funk, Rock, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Top 40, Reggae, Jazz, Scales, Modes, Theory, Chord Melodies, Finger Style guitar, Folk.
· Ukulele · He's terrific!
Russell is well organized , very clear,& PATIENT(!!!), I really like the
handouts that he personalized for me. I came out of my 1st lesson very excited to go home and practice and had clear goals to go after. I have never played a musical instrument before so the way he is breaking it all down into small steps is great. He's also just a very nice guy!
· · Russell has a wonderful approach. He teaches but encourages the student to continue to teach themselves. He allows freedom to learn songs of the student's choice. He always has appositive attitude and makes learning fun.