I am a former lead guitarist with the U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Rock Band and have toured and performed extensively. I am very comfortable teaching many styles, and am a particularly strong music theory teacher. I know my stuff but, more importantly, know how to help you reach YOUR goals. I teach students in the Tennessee Valley area from my home studio in Athens, Alabama. Guitar Techniques: Scales and Exercises, Reading Music, Performance, Vocal Accompaniment, Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar
I am comfortable with and have had great success working with students of all ages and skill levels, and have found that adult beginners respond particularly well to my approach. The key is to identify where the student wants to go with his or her playing, and then to set a course that will take them to their destination.
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A new student always wants to know that the teacher cares about HIS or HER goals, and that the teacher is equipped to identify the path and process that will help him or her reach them. Therefore, my sole mission with a new student is to find out what he or she wants to accomplish and then map out a plan to do just that.
I started studying the piano and music theory in 1958, and started playing the guitar in 1964. While in the Navy I auditioned for and was accepted into the Navy music program. I graduated from the Navy School of Music at the top of my class and was awarded a meritorious promotion for doing so. While in the Navy I served as the lead guitarist with the Atlantic Fleet rock band for four years. In that capacity I toured extensively throughout the eastern United States and western Europe. After mustering out of the Navy I studied as a piano performance major at the University of West Georgia. I have been teaching guitar and piano for more than 50 years.
I charge $120 for four 30-minute lessons/month
Long ago someone heard me playing and asked if I could teach them how to do what I was doing.
I have worked with students of every age and skill level. I particularly enjoy working with adult beginners, but love working with anyone willing to put in the effort and time to do what has to be done to reach their musical goals.
A student really and truly needs to settle in their own minds their commitment to the process (and working through the inevitable plateaus) of learning to play a musical instrument.