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I picked up the guitar over ten years ago to accompany myself while I sang. Having developed some skills, I can now offer my students the basics of guitar so that, in a pressure-free and supportive environment, they can truly get going. Once my students are comfortable playing chord progressions, simple songs, simple rhythmic patterns, and fingerpicking styles, I offer techniques so they can learn even more material at home. If a student outgrows me and wants to move into advanced classical guitar performance or jazz guitar, I refer them to one of my very good professional guitarist friends. It's all about the journey.
I tried to teach guitar in the same manner in which I teach every instrument. First I teach students the rudiments of the instrument. Also I teach them how to read and a bit of music theory. From that point I like to follow the students lead. They bring in songs that they would like to learn, or possibly how to play lead guitar, or how to finger pick. At every point I try to point out general aspects of music that need to be learned from the material that they choose.
I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and teaching for about seven years now. I played in a punk/rock band in high school and have since studied classical and jazz guitar. Currently I write and perform songs in a folk/acoustic style.
I studied classical guitar at the University of Central Florida, performing solo and ensemble repertoire. I can teach proper technique with both hands, music notation, tablature, sight reading, harmonic theory, and how to realize "orchestral" compositions.
I can teach shredding lead guitar riffs or strumming rhythm (typically acoustic) guitar. Whatever genre or style you're into, and whatever skill level you find yourself - I can help you play the songs you love.
My students cover a wide range, from bluegrass to concert classical. The correct technique is the one that will be able to underlay any musical style. For example, if the left hand is flexible and well-formed, then blues, Bach and flamenco all will come more easily. This core is essential, because even at the most beginning stages, the student should be able to play with musical expression. Books I commonly use are Suzuki and Parkening--but I equally commonly use other materials.
I have Years of experience as a live musician and teacher. So, whether you want to shred like Slash or finger pick to a country song. No matter what style of guitar you’re looking to play I’ll help you get there.
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