~ Customized Lesson Plan for You. ~ Learning the guitar is a fun, yet, challenging experience. Having an instructor guide you through the process makes learning easier and more efficient. The internet provides a wealth of information but can not interact with you and help your specific needs. Many guitar players get frustrated and give up. Getting the encouragement and expertise of an instructor who has been there before greatly enhances chances of success. My style of teaching is founded on fun with the instrument and guiding students to real music situations. Many students come to me with an incomplete set of skills. These (self taught) players have several basic fundamental holes in their playing. It is also important to me that students have a basic knowledge of music theory. This way, they can enjoy the guitar for the rest of their life. If you just learn to put your hands in a certain place to play a certain song, you are missing out. If you learn what it is your actually doing, you can apply it. This may be the most important benefit of a private instructor. What You Will Learn: Beginning Students: In my experience, over several years, I find most beginners are surprised the guitar is so hard to play. Having an instructor to help you past that frustration will lead to a lifelong enjoyment of your guitar in the songs you love. - Learning the basic chords. - How to move from chord to chord smoothly. - Using these chords to play your favorite songs. - Understanding guitar notation (tabs, chord grids, song books, standard notation). This way, the skills you learn will last a life time! Intermediate/ Advanced Students: This is for the hungry players. You will be given the direction to achieve a high level of musicianship. You will be challenged to reach your full potential. - Technique drills - Scale knowledge - Advanced chords - Improvisation tips - Chop Building - Theory - Reading - Composition Experience & Background: I've teaching and performing professionally for 23 years. - One year OCHSA jazz combo. - 15 years performing music clubs, casuals as a solo performer and in a jazz trio. - 23 years teaching individuals and groups. - 11 years as Irvine and Laguna YAMAHA Music school instructor. I've studied with some of the top teachers in California: - Jim Fagen (classical guitar) - Erik Halbig (rock, jazz & country) - Jim Witzel (head of jazz guitar at CSUSF) - Ron Eshcete (jazz guitar) - Carl Verheyen (everything).
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 1993
Bachelor of Arts
Teaches ages 16+
Has background check
Incredible musician and instructor. Has helped me improve not only my playing but my understanding of music theory and harmony. I also enjoy the wide range of music we explore each week and how everything we do makes me a better player. I look forward to each lesson.
He is good!!! I can play the very basic when I started but still need someone to help me to put everything together. He can diagnosis my level and design the learning plan for me when we first met. Lesson is fun and he always got something new/interesting to for students to work and practice.
Incredible and knowledgeable guitar instructor! I just realized how important to have a teacher right in front me to guide and correct my fingers when I had my 1st class with Stephen. Just like everybody else, I took the online lessons for few months with other teacher and also learned from Youtube on my own in the last two years. I can play but I knew I was missing something. He really brought me to the next level.