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.
Verified Student · Ukulele ·
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!