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By Dee F. - Scottsdale Guitar Teacher
Are you an aspiring guitarist looking to take guitar lessons in Scottsdale? Do you want to perform music or listen to your favorite performer to be inspired? Scottsdale, Arizona is a great place for you! As a part of the larger metro-Phoenix area, guitar players searching for a place to belong can easily find their niche, whatever their taste preference.
As both a guitar teacher and professional guitarist performing jazz shows in the Phoenix area, I can attest to the variety of opportunities here in the Valley of the Sun, including open mic performances, concerts, art walks, and festivals. Read on for some tips on things to do and see while taking guitar lessons in Scottsdale!
1) Open Mics As you’re taking guitar lessons in Scottsdale, be sure to check out the various open mic opportunities in your neighborhood. Or, check out who is playing at your favorite restaurant or pub. You may even find fellow guitarists who would like to form a band! There are also plenty of practice band spaces available to budding musicians in Scottsdale.
2) Notable Guitar Music Venues This very large valley features a plethora of venues with every musical style - not to mention a number of golf resorts with every type of live music! Whether you’re into rock, pop, rap, country or blues, you’ll be sure to find some great live performances in and around the city that will inspire you to continue on with your guitar lessons in Scottsdale.
To start, check out the following venues for some great live performances. Casino Arizona - (http://www.casinoarizona.com/entertainment/) Kazimierz World Wine Bar - (http://kazbar.net/) Handlebar J (They also have line dancing here!) - (http://www.handlebarj.com/) Orpheum Theater - (http://www.orpheum-theater.com/orpheum_theater_phoenix.php) Mesa Arts Center - (https://www.mesaartscenter.com/) US Airways Center - (http://www.usairwayscenter.com/) Crescent Ballroom - (http://www.crescentphx.com/)
3) P.F. Chang's Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (http://www.runrocknroll.com/arizona/) This is a long-distance racing event featuring various rock 'n' roll bands playing along the sidelines of a very long course. Each year, the bands provide loads of fun and excitement! Whether you’re running the race or attending as a spectator, you’ll be sure to have a good time listening to great performers!
4) Music Instrument Museum (http://mim.org/) The Music Instrument Museum in Phoenix offers three floors of over 40,000 world instruments, an interactive listening and learning center, as well as an intimate concert hall, featuring weekly band performances of various musical genres. View a few of Eric Clapton's guitars, grab provided headphones to listen to guitar music from many countries, and play many types of instruments from around the world in the interactive center!
Whenever you go out in the very large Phoenix-Scottsdale area, you will find guitar performers, teachers, and fellow musicians who truly encourage and inspire you on your musical path! The sunny weather and beautiful desert landscape is also a plus!
I use a curriculum called Hands on Training which focuses on chord tablature first, before moving onto individual melodies. Put simply, student will be able to play the chords to their favorite pop songs within 1-2 months.
Guitar is my number one specialty—particularly classic rock, alternative rock, and popular styles, with a strength in bluesy solo technique. I have a modern teaching style, and I am very up to date with current music trends. I tend to focus on practical and transferable music skills—you know, the things that allow you to play with other musicians, learn new instruments, and be truly creative on the guitar! I am very adept in subjects related to real world music knowledge and application, such as songwriting, music theory, music recording, and music performance. Whether you're a hobbyist wanting to strum your way through folk classics, or a future musician looking to write songs and start a band, I have a way to make you love playing the guitar!
I teach the basics of learning acoustic guitar technique including: Selecting an appropriate guitar for the student, correct holding of the guitar, finger and hand placement, guitar notes and scales, guitar tablature, reading and playing guitar chords, strumming and picking, playing guitar songs from most genres and music theory. I also teach electric bass guitar and ukulele, beginner through intermediate. I teach guitar in most genres of music (except hip-hop and rap). I have been playing acoustic guitar since I was 10 years old, and have a great deal of experience in playing most genres and techniques, I am used to accompanying groups of people in different settings on the guitar. I learned to play ukulele as one of my first instruments. I learned to play electric bass guitar in stage band and in a rock group in high school. I love the guitar and it is one of my favorite instruments because of its versatility.
We're gonna HAVE FUN! Your lessons will be customized to your needs and what you want to do with your ability to play guitar. I can teach you either electric or acoustic guitar. I can prepare you for any genre as I include fundamentals (for example, scales and arpeggios) in your practice. I use Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method books for reference and/or lesson work. I can help you learn how to play with a pick, how to finger-pick, how to sing and play simultaneously, and even how to sightread.
Whether you've just started out or you want to take that next step to becoming a better guitarist, I'm here to help!
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