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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!
Learn basic skills such as hand positioning, chords, scales, fun songs at your level and learn to enjoy all the guitar has to offer.
Over the years I have developed techniques that streamline this learning process. If, for example, you are just beginning I have a technique called "Targets and Adjustments" that allows you to learn to play chords and move from one to another easily. And you master this in weeks -- not months.
If you are someone who has played for some time but find that you're stuck doing the same things, or everything you play sound the same, I teach you to develop your own unique rhythm and strumming patterns for each song you choose to play. Using techniques such as "6 Dead Strings", you create your own style, without having to practice "model strums". Easier, original, and much more efficient.
If you are an advanced guitarist or a professional, I can teach you how to give your performance structure and elegance. Using techniques such as "Complimentary Pattern Evolution" you not only hold the interest of the listener, but take them places they did not expect to go.
I have been a private guitar teacher for over 20 years and currently perform professionally for various venues throughout the Phoenix area.
I have been teaching guitar for 5 years. I teach in a therapeutic style, using my music therapy training to be as observant, adaptive and flexible as I need to be for the student's benefit. I teach at the student's pace and to their interests, while building their musicality, music theory, and performance skills. I often incorporate singing into lessons as well. 1-2 times a year, we work towards building a repertoire of 1-4 pieces (depending on the student) to play at a local assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility.
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