I have been teaching guitar for many years and absolutely love my “job”. I have worked extensively with students of varied ages, levels and interests. If you would like to study with me please provide me with some information about yourself, such as: Are you a complete beginner? If not, then how long have you played the guitar? Do you own a guitar? If so, is it classical (nylon-string), acoustic (steel-string) or electric? What are your goals, or what do you hope to gain through lessons. Please feel free to include any other information you would like to share with me!
Now let me tell you a little bit about myself. I began my studies of the guitar with a common motivation - to become a rock star! And so, at a young age I set forth on my quest strapped with my shiny red electric guitar. Later I was to widen my scope and fall in love with many different genres of music. The road has been one filled with excitement, as there really is no limit to the learning! I can truly say that I feel just as passionate about teaching the guitar as I do about playing the guitar.
So, what should you expect during our lessons? As a teacher I am very careful to emphasize proper technique and a sound foundation. I also feel that reading music is a necessity, guitar being just as respectable an instrument to study as the violin, piano or other “serious” instruments. Guitarists also commonly use “tablature”, and therefore, all students should also be familiar with this brand of notation. Rhythm is also of the upmost importance, therefore you will learn how to play in time and keep a beat, which is sadly overlooked all too often. It is also important to understand the basic theory behind music, as this will enhance your ability to build on musical knowledge and afford you a greater understanding and appreciation of the true natural science and art behind music. This will include learning an extensive vocabulary of chords and scales, learning how they are built and what their applications are. Additionally, I would like to mention that I will do my best to tailor the lessons to your specific needs and interests, while attempting also to broaden your horizons when appropriate. Please keep in mind that although you will learn all of the above-mentioned skills, I hope to also assist you in balancing them with the all important enjoyment factor. I assure you that the guitar is fun to play! But, please be aware that your progress will be directly related to your dedication to practicing the instrument on your own.
If you already play and feel you have hit a wall with your progress and experience frustration rather than pleasure when you pick up your instrument, you are way off course. We will examine all the possible factors and I will do my best to assist you in reaching your short-term and long-term goals. I am also more than happy to take on beginning students of all ages. Typically children can begin guitar lessons between the ages of 5 and 8; the variance is due to the rate by which each child experiences developmental progress, (i.e. ability to concentrate and physical dexterity). If it seems like I might be a good teacher for you, or if you have any other questions whatsoever please contact me, I am more than happy to answer them for you. Thanks for your interest!
With music and love,