Rod is able to wrap the music lesson around you rather than force you into it! He’s amazing. Highly recommend!!
I’m new to guitar though not so new to music. In the grand scheme of things though, I’m a beginner by all accounts. I searched for guitar instructors on-line and came across Rod. I’m glad I did, Rod is great. Rod’s theoretical understanding is awesome and I enjoy learning methods and techniques that will undoubtedly help me later. I appreciate his efforts to train me while also allowing for conversation on various topics of music. I feel the added conversation is valuable. The time passes fast when I’m at my lesson however, I feel like I’ve accomplished something plus have goals for the following week. Thank you Rod!
Rod is very knowledgeable and really fun to learn from! His lessons were well structured and intuitive to follow along.
Very knowledgeable about the guitar. Lessons are clearly laid out In a way that I understand. He has obviously been an instructor for a very long time
I do an assessment of what the student can currently do on the instrument and what they want to learn to play. We discover the manner in which the student learns - visual, audio, or touch. We then move into scales, theory, chords, fingerpicking, strumming a variety of songs.
I majored in music education at Sioux Falls College in South Dakota. My most memorable experiences were in the Music Theory class. I've played piano and trombone frpm ages 6 to 18 then I picked up the guitar and never looked back. I used my knowledge of music theory to learn not only guitar and bass but pedal steel guitar. When I started playing in bands, which I still do, the on the job training began. I've had years of playing in bands and backing up solo performers. All of this because of the theory that I learned and was able to apply to any instrument.
My pricing structure is as follows: $25 for a half an hour, $30 for 45 minutes and $35 for an hour.
I started teaching by sharing what I learned with other musicians and learning from them, too. After doing this for a while I began teaching beginners in a music studio in California. From there, it's history. I have been teaching in a music studio setting or from my own studio since then.
I've worked with students from 6 years old to adults and retirees. They have either been beginning students or students with some playing ability.
I've been working with a student for about 4 years now and he's gotten pretty good. However, we have been working on theory, what chords go together and why they go together. It's been a slow process for him but a couple months ago, while having a lesson he finally got it. The excitement was contagious. It always is when a student "gets" something that we've been working on for a while.
If I were looking for a teacher I would look for a teacher that not only will teach me songs to play but the fundamentals of playing music. My objective would be to find somebody knowledgeable, someone that I could build a rapport with, some one that can communicate with me in the manner that I learn - visual, audio, or touch.