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Rocksmith Method Music as language

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My method is a fun, energy-packed and safe environment where kids are encouraged to love God, music, their band members, and their electric guitar or bass.

My desire is to partner with parents to teach kids (6 and up) basic music skills using technology, rock, blues and worship, and this to serve as foundation for their musical growth and performances in their lives. Music as a language is our priority.
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The Method

1) Music is a language...... By: Victor Wooten.

Both music and verbal languages serve the same purpose. They are both forms of expression.
They can be used as a way to communicate with others, they can be read and written, then can make you laugh or cry, think or question and can speak to one or many and both can definitely make you move.

"Music wor
ks better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective."

In some instances, music works better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective. Although many musicians agree that music is a "language" it is rarely treated as such.

Many of us treat it as something that can only be learned by following a strict regiment under the tutelage of a skilled teacher. This approach has been followed for hundreds of years with proven success... But it takes a long time. Too long.

Think about the first language you learned as a child. More importantly, think about how you learned it.

"You were allowed to make mistakes."

You were a baby when you first started speaking and even though you spoke the language incorrectly you were allowed to make mistakes - and the more mistakes you made, the more your parents smiled!

Learning to speak was not something you were sent somewhere to do only a few times a week. The majority of people you spoke to were not beginners, they were already proficient speakers. Imagine your parents forcing to only speak to other babies until you were good enough to speak to them! You'd probably be an adult before you could carry on a proper conversation.

To use a musical term, as a baby you were allowed to "jam" with professionals.

If we approach music in the same natural way we approached our first language, we would learn to speak it in the same short time it took to speak our first language.
Proof of this can be seen in almost any family where a child grows up with other musicians in the family.

Here are a few keys to follow in learning guitar or bass:

In the beginning we embrace mistakes instead of correcting them. Like a child playing air guitar there are no wrong notes.

Allow young musicians to play and perform with accomplished musicians on a daily basis.

Encourage young musicians to play more than they practice. The more they play, the more they will practice on their own.

Music comes from the musician, not the instrument.
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2) RockSmith 2014 becomes your personal accomplished musician or band for you to play in a daily basis as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts difficulty to your skill level, then slowly introduces more notes and phrases until you're playing your favorite songs note-for-note. Lead Rhythm and bass lines.

Rocksmith 2014 teaches you fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC or Mac.

The Rocksmith Method will first make sure you can PLAY the instrument.
You will play your favorite songs.
You will learn a new technique every month.
Rocksmith is designed to match the way your guitar is laid out, so there's no need to interpret tablature or learn sheet music to get started.
Have strings on your guitar? You'll see strings on the screen....

You'll need a game console, a screen and a electric guitar or bass. It's non negotiable.

If you don't have it. I will provide you with a loaner system until you catch up.

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3) A dedicated and passionate Teacher to tie everything together and keep you on track.

The early you start, the better. Kids age 6 or up are my best customers. They don't have adjust to anything other than to get their little fingers around a guitar appropriate to their size.
For young adults and people that tried play the guitar the old fashion way, here's my advise:

You will need to take a step back... or maybe two steps. Let me show you a better way.

These 3 things changes everything in how to learn or teach guitar. This is just to start the journey. I won't even mention custom songs or our musician club for you to perform your songs.

"If music is a language. You should never stop talking."

Remember that a language works the best when we have something interesting to say.
Many music teachers never find out what their students have to say. We only tell them what they are supposed to say.
A child speaks a language for years before they even learn the alphabet.
Too many rules at the onset will actually slow them down.
In my eyes the approach to music should be the same.

After all, music is a language too.

Let's Play & Grow Together.

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Private guitar and bass lessons are designed for students to progress at their own pace. Private lessons will follow the same RockSmith Journey structure. In a private guitar or bass lesson, the teacher has the opportunity to help the student individually for the entire lesson time, and structures each lesson personally for the student depending on their skill level and goals.

The Essentials/Techniques Plus:

Tuning
Strapping up
How to hold a pick
Plucking strings
Accents
Slides
Chords
Power chords
Double stops
Barre chords
Arpeggios
Notes Chords Scales

Shifting
Fretting
Sustains
Palm mutes
Slides
Bends
Tremelos
Hammer-ons
Pull-offs
Natural harmonics
Strumming patterns
Unpitched slides
Fret hand mutes
Improvising and jamming
Vibrato
Scales and modes
Changing strings

Additional Bass Techniques:

Fifths
Roots
Slapping
Popping

Advanced Players:

Double stop, Oblique, and Compound Bends
Two hand tapping
Articulation and phrasing
Pinch harmonics
Extended harmonies
Hybrid techniques
Advanced chords
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Yuko A. October 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
We just had a first lesson with Joe. I asked him if he can do few people group lesson with mixed age then he agreed to try it. He handled all of them great and we decided to stay with Joe to taking more lessons!!
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Owen March 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Joe is great with our son! I would highly recommend him to any one looking for a teacher!!
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Eric Perez February 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
It was a pleasure to have Joe meet our son for his first lesson !!! I like to the way he connected with my son. We all felt very comfortable and look forward to see him again on a weekly base !!!
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Joe B.

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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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About Hanaa H.

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I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of guitar skills. I typically use Alfred's Basic books and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: flash cards and a metronome. I work with my students on sight reading as well as ear training so they can become better players over time. I also provide students with homework sheet that explains what we have been focusing on, what they have achieved, and what is the expectation for next lesson.

About Hanaa
Hi there! My name is Hanaa. I have a Bachelor degree in Music Education and have worked as a classroom teacher and a private tutor for ten years. I am patient, passionate, self-motivated and responsible teacher. I am also an effective instructor with the ability to create a fun-filled atmosphere and develop strong rapport with students and parents. I teach piano and guitar. I also do recitals. I look forward to meeting and teaching you!
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W September 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ms. Hanna is an amazing person and teacher. My kids immediately fell in love with her. I can see why, she is very personable and easy to get along with. She instilled the love of music in my boys and they look forward to her lessons ( not an easy task with boys age 7 to 9). She also has very calming tone and demeanor , which makes a great educator. I highly recommend Ms. Hanna for lessons.
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Christy September 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Hanaa is an amazing piano teacher! My daughter started her first lesson with Hanaa two years ago and absolutely loves it. Hanaa is so kind, positive, and patient. She has fostered my daughter's love of music. I highly recommend her!
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Eman September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ms. Hanaa had been teaching my 3 boys piano and guitar for the last 3 years. Even though the boys were so young when they started, she managed to make them love music lessons! She is so patient and compassionate, knows how to make it fun and enjoyable. She is experienced and knowledgeable in her field and we highly recommend her.
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Hanaa H.

Fairfax, VA 22033
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About Earl C.

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Each student's training program is uniquely based on his/her personal goals. This depends on individual needs to include teaching basic technique, music theory, chord inversions, scales, improvisation, site reading and/or ear training as part of the process.

Remember... becoming a fluent musician requires practice, practice and more practice!

About Earl
International guitarist Earl C. is now offering in-person and online coaching sessions. With more than thirty years of experience, he has performed with many well-known artists including grammy-nominated celebrities and others such as Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, EU, Angela Bofill, Alyson Williams, Mya, Syleena Johnson, Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Michael Lington, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Pamela Williams, and more.
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Ken October 22, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Earl Carter is extremely knowledgeable, and very patience. You will find that each session is enjoyable yet challenging. I would recommend Him to anyone from the beginner all the way to the more advanced student. If you have the desire to learn the art of music then you will enjoy His instruction. I couldn't ask for a better instructor.
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Jocelyn S. September 18, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Although I lacked the commitment to follow through with my lessons, Earl's teaching ability is STELLAR!!! In the short time I was taking lessons with him, I learned a lot, relatively quickly.
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John September 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Aside from being a Master Guitarist himself, he is a Master Teacher! His teaching style is very unique and the little tips and tricks he has taught me has helped me advance as a guitarist by leaps and bounds. I highly recommend him!
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Earl C.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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About Tommy W.

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Falls Church, VA

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While teaching bass is my specialty, I've been teaching guitar for 4 years and have amassed quite the collection. The overwhelming majority of my students at the shops I teach at take lessons on guitar, so most of my time is actually spent teaching guitar. In lessons, we'll cover basic chords, scales, and rhythms, as well as some introductory music theory so the student knows why they're playing what they play.

About Tommy
My name is Tommy. I've been playing bass and guitar since I was 11 years old. When I was in high school, I won my school's Duke Ellington Jazz Performance Award my junior year. Around this time I began to work at my neighborhood's local lesson shop Let's Play Music! off of W Broad Street in Falls Church, VA. Following high school, I attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, studying jazz bass performance with players who have played and recorded with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Bobby McFerrin, among others. I received my degree in Jazz Bass Performance and since returning to the DC area have taught at Let's Play Music, Bach 2 Rock, and Music and Arts. Outside of my academic accomplishments, I play in and record a number of bands. I play out at different venues from Richmond to Baltimore regularly and ha
ve gone on tour twice before. I specialize in electric bass and music theory, but am quite comfortable teaching beginner to intermediate guitar.
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dusty July 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Just my initial lesson, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Tommy is an extremely knowledgeable instructor. Seems my first pick for bass instructor was dead on. :-)
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Jen May 17, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
We were so lucky to have been referred to Tommy. Our middle school son wanted to branch out from playing the upright/classic bass, to electric bass and acoustic guitar. Tommy worked with our son for nearly 2 years. Tommy was always reliable, always prompt, always polite and 100% committed to the music and to our son's personal progress & improvement. He was always flexible, upbeat and easy to work with...with the patience of a saint...esp. for the parent who knows nothing about guitar. A huge talent!
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Sedat April 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Tommy is a phenomenal teacher. He is able to explain advanced concepts related to music theory in a way that is easy to understand and teaches you how to apply it to your own playing. Easily the best person to learn from if you want to improve your bass technique.
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Tommy W.

Tommy W.

Falls Church, VA 22043
(5)
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$30 / 30-min

About Michelle L.

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! Ever wanted to learn guitar but thought it would be too hard? Have one collecting dust in the corner? Did you just buy one and don't know where to get started? I am just the teacher for you! I love music and I love teaching! I will explain the instrument to you, the theory of it, if you want, learn exercises to strengthen the fingers, and basic chord & strumming patterns. I will discuss with you the types of music you like and we will pick a few songs to start learning. We will go at your pace with no pressure or stress! I would love to teach you! Contact me and start learning today!

About Michelle
HI Everyone!!!

I am an award winning singer-songwriter/producer. I have been playing out locally for several years now. I also write songs for Film & TV and have had several placements on shows like Reign, The Fosters, Benched, Longmire and more! I am fairly new to the music lesson game, but found that I love it. I have a teaching/training background which allows me to break down the material into small chunks of absorbable material. I love to teach and I love music and that combination is a winning strategy. We will talk about your goals, the music you would like to learn and plan a basic strategy tailored to your learning style. I teach in a low pressure low stress environment with lots of encouragement. No need for perfection here. We will work through this together! Oh and of course we will have FUN! Hope to have you
as a student soon! - Michelle
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Lama Masri February 13, 2017
· Piano ·
My son is taking piano lessons with Michelle. He is interested in writing his own music and playing current pop music, and Michelle is working with him on that. Our experience has been great so far, I would definitely recommend Michelle.
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James Walsh January 19, 2017
· Piano ·
The right teacher makes all the difference and that's really the case with Michelle. She's knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject matter. Highly recommend her!
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Mitchell Franklin December 21, 2016
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Michelle is a patient and knowledgeable teacher who will take the time to create an individual lesson plan based on your goals. She has an amazing grasp of music theory, guitar playing, and how it all goes together. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Michelle L.

Germantown, MD 20874
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Guitar has always been a springboard for me for musical ideas. Teaching guitar has been very rewarding because it (like piano) gives students skills that transfer well across all instruments and musical styles which lets me see my students have fun in many different directions.

About Daniel
Hello! My name is Daniel and I have been playing and teaching bass (electric and upright) and guitar in all styles for over 10 years. I even have a Masters Degree and a double major Bachelors in music to show for it. My students have the benefit of highly customized lessons based on their interests and goals.
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Charita P. August 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Really liked the structured teaching methodology.
Daniel is very patient
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Shiva S. June 24, 2017
· Guitar · In home
One of the best teachers my son has had. He looks forward to his lessons everytime.
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Jenny March 1, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Daniel is very thorough and patient. He's a great teacher!
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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

Centreville, VA 20121
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About Brian G.

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Bethesda, MD

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I have been teaching all levels and styles of acoustic guitar for over 20 years. Beginners usually start with my instruction book, So You Want to Learn How to Play Guitar? You will start playing songs from your 1st lesson. For students who already play, I do an assessment of your experience and skills and design a plan based on this and the type of music you want to learn. I specialize in Country Acoustic Blues, finger-picking, flat picking, and slide. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Brian
As a performing musician and guitar teacher since 1993, I have taught thousands of students. I teach most styles of music but blues is my specialty. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

I believe in encouraging my students through exhibiting patience and an understanding of their individualized needs. I use my unique and effective teaching methods while teaching fundamental skills and techniques to meet diverse learning styles. I will have you playing your favorite songs in no time!

Students receive complimentary lesson transcriptions and videos

I studied music at the University of Maryland where I received my bachelors degree.
and with several renowned recording artists
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Val October 16, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brian was very professional, and the pace was friendly for beginners.
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Erick June 15, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Brian immediately knew how to adapt to my profile.... not too young, not too talented, not too available, and without any ambition about playing on stage or in a group. I've been learning bass guitar for one month and a half with him, starting at a beginner's level. Last week-end I was able to play a few songs more or less correctly with some friends at a party. Brian has the talent to keep the fun while teaching, and bringing appreciable progress in a very pleasant path.
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Cody May 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Have only been playing for a couple weeks now, but I can tell this is something that I will want to do for the rest of my life. Brian makes it very easy to learn and is very helpful in tracking my progression. Look forward to each week and the opportunity to get better!
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Brian G.

Annandale, VA 22003
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$55 / 45-min

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Hi! I teach acoustic guitar for all ages! I have 13 years experience playing and 3 years teaching. I tailor my lessons based on each individual students needs/goals. My specialty is playing and singing together, to include teaching students how to play cover songs to match their vocal range.

About Josh
Hello!

My name is Josh and I love to play guitar! I also enjoy teaching others and helping people find their inner rock star! I've been playing for 13 years, acoustic, electric, bass...you name it. I've been in a few bands (90s covers!) but find solo work to be my favorite setting. I'm fairly new to teaching guitar but have experience with people of all ages (7 - 40). I'm looking to grow my student base and find others who share the same passion for guitar that I do!

I am willing to travel to your location, meet at a park on a nice day, or book studio time (if requested) at a local studio. I also will invite you into my home to practice, whatever works for you!

I'm looking forward to working with you!

Josh M.
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Josh M.

Falls Church, VA 22042
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$45 / 30-min

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I am an experienced guitar teacher. I've recorded and performed my own songs and will help you be able to express yourself in music too. My students are encouraged to be the best they can be. They learn music theory, technique and repertoire.

About Toni
Hi! I'm Teacher Toni and I'm your next music or ESL teacher. I care about my students. I work hard to find out your learning style and teach you how you best learn.

I have an Associates of Fine Arts from Northern VA Community College and a TEFL certificate and a Home Tutor certificate from Tutor in your Home.

I'm a life long musician. Voice is my main instrument but I play piano, guitar, and flute. I have performed in many choirs. And I have judged musicians here in America and in China. Recently I lived in China and taught music and English to students aged 6 to 40. The languages of music and English open many doors the world over.

I have performed all over the world on piano and as a singer/songwriter with the guitar. I write music for Piano, voice and guitar and I'm always looking to learn that next instrument.


It would be my pleasure and honor to introduce you or continue your exploration of music and English.
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LI July 22, 2017
· ESL · In studio
I am a professor of a university in China. About 4 years ago, my daughter was a student of first grade in a junior school. At that time ,my daughter's English was not good, especially her pronunciation. I was very worry about it. I came to know Toni through some people of a English Corner, and asked her to help me and my daughter. That was the begin of the story of teacher Toni and my family. My daughter went to Toni's home almost every Sunday afternoon. Toni is a very good teacher, and very kind, very Patient to my daughter. Toni improved my daughter's English very quickly, and at same time make her like to learn it. My daughter like Toni very much, and every week had a very pleasant and interesting conversation. Now, my daughter is a student in a foreign language senior school ,and was be voted as a monitor. I am so glad to have met Toni, and helped us. Thanks a lot for Toni's excellent work.
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Fairy July 21, 2017
· ESL · In home
Toni is one of my best teachers I have ever met. She is a very nice teacher for her helps me to talk in English bravely and explains questions patiently. It's my pleasure to be a student of her.Thanks Toni~
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angel July 21, 2017
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she is my daughter's English teacher. my daughter likes her very much. she is a good teacher, her pronunciation is perfect, she has variety of teaching methods .she can sing and play games with my daughter. every week my daughter can't wait to see her.
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Alexandria, VA 22306
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Relaxed, fun atmosphere. Focus on your learning style, your needs and goals as a musician.

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I am new to teaching and other than teaching my own children and a few relatives and friends, this will be my first experience teaching others. There are many many resources available for me as a new teacher and I have been utilizing them to the fullest in preparation for my first group of students. I excel at educating myself and have been brushing up on my music theory, piano skills, and different methods of teaching the guitar in an effort to bring you the best experience possible. The most important thing I've learned to date is that "the more you know, the more you don't know." and the great Aristotle realized that many many years ago. can also design and build them.
I have raised two children on music and what I have found from both of them is that if it's not fun and interesting, you lose them quickly. I personally was lucky enough
to have a balance of teachers, some of which were by the book, classically trained, learn your scales, know your theory, etc. And others, such as one of my all time favorites would let me bring in cassette tapes to our lessons and we would just figure the songs out that I wanted to learn. I intend on figuring out very quickly where you are as a student and what you want to learn as well as how you learn the best. But more important than anything is whatever we are learning, and we will be learning together, practice is key. There is no progress without practice, that means younger students will be required to practice 15 minutes a day, and older students are expected to practice 30 minutes or more.
I think learning the instrument has to be fun and engaging. But also has to focus on proven methods and especially a foundation in music theory. We will learn, key signatures, music notation, major and minor scales, intervals, etc. to form a solid foundation. But we are also going to throw in songs you know to reinforce important concepts. Most importantly we will apply the three P rule. Practice Practice Practice. There is no substitute and you must make a commitment to yourself that you will find the time EVERY day for practice.
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Joe W.

Woodbridge, VA 22192
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