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I teach all popular music styles including Blues, Rock, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Latin American Styles. I can teach you to read by notes and/or by chords based on your preferences and styles you choose to pursue. I like to give a solid foundation to all beginners learning to read music and basic music theory and as they progress I will concentrate more on elements that are more important for the style you prefer. I am flexible in my approach as I know the most important ingredient for a student's success in music is for the student to be motivated to play more by enjoying the lesson and the practice time. I'll work with you to make it learning fun!
The guitar is a fun instrument to learn because it lends itself to many shortcuts in musical proficiency. Very much unlike the piano, if you learn 1 major scale pattern on the guitar, you can then easily play a major scale in all 12 keys.
I teach finger picking and flat picking, along with music theory, in
the genre of your choice.
I offer guitar lessons in classical, jazz, blues, rock, country, and funk guitar styles, however I have many years experience catering to the beginning child and adult guitar student. In beginning lessons we learn basic technique, open position chords, open position scales, basic rhythm, time signatures, and music chosen by the student. With young students (children 5-12) I use the Hal Leonard Method Book 1(or any comparable publication). This book teaches the basics of guitar playing in the open position as well as reading standard music notation and playing music from chord symbols and charts. After completing Book 1 we move on to playing popular songs by artists such as the Beatles, Queen, Johnny Cash, Elton John, and Bob Marley. The students job is to learn both the chords and a single note melody of each song and to perform each part, trading parts with myself. I strive to teach the language of music to students first in order to prepare them for continued guitar instruction, ...
I strive to teach students a solid foundation of guitar technique and music theory in order to give them the skills to pursuit whatever musical styles resonate most with them. My method involves a combination of teaching musical ideas/songs which I feel most anyone hoping to pick up the instrument should learn, as well as teaching the songs that students bring to me that inspired them to play in the first place.
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