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By Jim B. - San Antonio Guitar Teacher
When a student decides to take guitar lessons in San Antonio, they want to see how they will do at playing the instrument. Typically, the student wants to learn enough to see how much potential they have to become a guitarist. They need to acquire the basics in a short period of time to see how they like playing the guitar.
As someone who is passionate about teaching, I realize that most of my students have a desire to get results quickly. For this reason, I focus on each student’s musical background and natural abilities, and then clearly explain the basics of playing the guitar. I have found that students excel and become self-inspired when they are learning at their own pace and not following books or programs. This way they can learn as quickly as they want to learn during their guitar lessons in San Antonio.
Once each student realizes their potential, we can focus together on how to improve their guitar playing skills. We can then add more structured learning to ensure that the student can both play the guitar and reach a level of musical understanding, which means they know what they are doing and why. In this way, they become independent life-long learners, maturing musicians, and proficient guitarists all at the same time. I really enjoy my job as a professional guitar teacher in San Antonio, and I would love to work with you. Sign up for guitar lessons in San Antonio today!
Students can expect to be very comfortable taking lessons from me. I am very laid back but my teaching methods are very effective. I am deeply involved in my lessons, there will be no "here's your lesson, see you next week" type of thing. I am always available either by phone or e-mail to answer questions, and I also compose original practice material for students.
A major complaint I hear from students about other guitar teachers is that they get frustrated and impatient with the student. It really bugs me when I hear that because it can make a person sour towards the guitar. I encourage practice but will never expect too much from you. I am very patient, I don't want you to feel like "he's going to kill me if I don't get this down by next week!" Everyone has a different pace, and I will always go at your pace. Guitar should be fun, and I promise to keep it that way!
I design my guitar lessons around each individual student and strive to keep the lesson light and enjoyable while also aiming for a high standard of education. Whether you are looking to play for pleasure at home,around the campfire,or want to learn practical music theory for composition and/or improvisation. I have instruction programs for all levels and styles from beginner to advanced and from ages 7 years on up.
Whether you want to grow as a classical/jazz guitarist or become the next Bob Dylan, I can help! I love writing original songs and lyrics, learning new challenging classical pieces, and gigging with guitar anytime I have a chance!
After understanding a student's level and what their interests with guitar are, we pick out suitable music to use for lessons, as the student progresses. After a student gains a good understanding of playing a song, I like to go over various ways of playing the song to explore other kinds of expression through the guitar. With this approach, my students may learn to bring logic (technique, scales, theory) and feeling (how music is played) together.
I go over beginning lead guitar with students. My students begin by exploring the use of the major and minor scale using one position, then we explore alternate positions, then we combine them. After a student obtains a good understanding of the above, we explore the use of other scales through the same process. We also consult with method books and recordings of appreciated artists for inspiration and ideas of licks of desired styles. If desired, Lastly, I can include singing- solo and harmony- in the lessons!
You'll be able to learn the fundamentals of playing the acoustic and/or electric guitar, everything from guitar anatomy, to strumming chords, to playing lead guitar.
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