My teaching approach:
I believe in customizing lessons for each individual student. Everyone learns at a different pace and each of us have different musical tastes, interests and goals. I do put a strong emphasis on students learning basic music theory and being able to read music as well as encouraging students to explore the guitar and start creating their own original compositions! All though reading music may not be necessary to accomplish your goals in guitar!My guitar lessons take place in:
The teacher's studio or the student's homeGuitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas:
My studio is a 10 minute driver from Hoover, Bessemer, Helena, Pelham, or AlabasterGuitar Techniques:
Guidance In Equipment Selection, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Lead guitarYour first guitar lesson with me might include the following:
I offer the first lesson for free!!! It's a time for me to evaluate you as a student. Also it's a time for you to evaluate me as a teacher! If you are an absolute beginner we will cover the basic parts of the guitar and how they work. The correct way to hold the instrument and posture needed to play. Also, the correct way to hold a pick. I also will teach a basic chord and simple picking pattern to get you playing right away!A guitar lesson with me might entail the following:
Most lessons begin with a quick tune up and a warm up exercise. We will go over the prior lessons homework and work on any difficulties or trouble spots. The last part of the lesson is spent going over new material (songs, scales, chords etc) any other topics or questions the student may have.The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following:
An ideal student is one who has the desire to learn a little or a lot about playing the guitar and music and who wants to put in the little dedication it requires to learn to play! Remember learning to play the guitar is what happens in between each lesson!