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The guitar is a fantastic and extremely popular instrument. Many people can pick up a guitar and play a few chords, or sing one song. I strong urge guitarist who come to me to be interested in learning the musician aspects of the guitar as well. Most people who learn to play an instrument have to learn theory, scales, and harmony as well. On the guitar you do not have to learn these things to be able to "play" the instrument but I urge people to because that will show in the music you make.
Playing music is an active, conscious reprogramming of the mind- and I find that approaching this from a place of relaxation, joy, and pleasure ingrains these characteristics into your unique code. It’s a much more effective way of retaining information, finding ease in execution, and finding joy at every step of a process that is so often presented as tedious and difficult.
When we feel overwhelmed by the volume of work we have in front of us, it’s probably because we've lost sight of the fact that we literally can’t do it all at once, and that’s not the point. There is a balance between being and becoming – work on one thing at a time and hear the music in it. Relax with that one passage, with that one scale pattern, and hear how beautiful the small unit is in its simplicity. Find creative ways to alter it, to keep yourself engaged. Break more challenging material into bite-sized portions. When we speak of difficulty, we speak of a lack of familiarity. Together, we can find a ...
I have a ten year experience career teaching guitar - privately and throughout official schools - to students of all ages, from curious toddlers to contemplative seniors. Prior to move to the United States, I taught at AMVP Musical Academy (Portugal) where I also got my conservatory degree in Guitar performance. Relying on a fundamental classic technique I can guide you through every musical genre that you wish to approach and enlighten you with the best musical foundation that there is. Whether you want to learn a specific song/repertoire or you want me to guide you trough the keystones of this instrument I will always lookout for your personal satisfaction and development in the process.
I'm a recorded artist with two albums as a member of the AMVP Guitar Orchestra: Contrastes (2003) and Plaisir (2005) and appeared at prestigious venues in Portugal, Saint Peterburg (Russia), Paris (France) and Frankfurt (Germany).
For Beginner, I will discuss your goal and a piece you want to work on. Subjects I'll talk in this class are; Pentatonic scale, Blues scale, Diatonic chords in major and minor keys, then basic 12 bar blues chord progression and common chord progressions that often used in Pop/Rock genre. I have handouts I can give you.
For Intermediate people, I'll talk about all 7 modes, Harmonic/Melodic minor scales and diatonic chords for each scales, all diatonic chords with 7th notes, 2-5-1 chord progressions and tritone substitution, 3 deceptive resolutions. In this class, your guitar sounds a little bit Jazzy.
As my guitar student, you will learn any and all facets of guitar playing that interest you: chord strumming, note reading, blues jamming, singing while playing, learning the real guitar parts to your favorite recordings, ... the choice is yours. I hold a B.M. degree from Berklee College of Music and I have been teaching guitar and performing throughout southern New England for more than three decades. I look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals and dreams on the guitar!
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