Over 40 years experience in teaching classical guitar to beginners through college level and beyond.Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 50+ years playing experience in many different venues. Serving locally, and online via Zoom across 4 time zones.
Retirees are discovering the joys of leaning how to play the guitar, learning at thier own pace, whatever that may be, or, based on what skills and experience they already have. Guitarists of many different styles and levels are finding additional ways to improve thier technique, or theory as it relates to the guitar. Providng a pathway to literacy on the guitar.
As someone who is self-taught and has been playing guitar for 10+ years, I was a bit skeptical to start taking lessons. Although, the classical guitar is a different kind of beast and figured learning the ins and outs from an experienced teacher would be the best thing for my long term musical goals. Kim was prompt reaching out to me after I inquired about lessons and we were able to set up a lesson that same day! I've been working with Kim for nearly a month now, and can say with confidence that Kim is a fantastic teacher. During our first lesson, Kim did a great job of seeking to understand my previous musical experience and goals with the classical guitar. Knowing these things, he provides excellent exercises during our lessons that align with my goals and skill level. Something I particularly love is that he also goes above and beyond outside of lesson time to answer any questions I have. From the get-go you can tell he is passionate about both playing and teaching the classical guitar. His decades of experience studying music and playing alongside some of the great classical guitarists allows him to clearly and concisely evaluate all facets of your classical guitar playing abilities, like (but not limited to) posture, left & right hand positioning, musical theory, and working through specific arrangements. He also provides PDFs of exercises we'll be covering in advance of every lesson, which are super helpful for someone like myself who learns visually. I also play acoustic & electric guitar, and I've noticed that I'm subconsciously applying many of the things I'm learning with Kim while playing those instruments as well. The only caveat: we'll run through many exercises relatively quickly in a given lesson, so be prepared to practice a LOT outside of your lessons and study the outside resources Kim recommends (e.g. Kim recommended purchasing a specific classical guitar book to work through outside of lessons). Although, like most things in life, you get out what you put in. That said, it should go without saying that the classical guitar is not something you can drastically better yourself at by taking one lesson and half-heartedly practicing for a couple hours per week. You need to be prepared to practice, practice, practice, and then practice some more in order to maximize the effectiveness of Kim's teachings and really begin to see the fruits of your labor. While this type of intensive effort can seem daunting at first (and I'd be remiss if I didn't get frustrated at times), when things click it's an immensely rewarding feeling. Kim has already made a profound impact on my musical and classical guitar ability and I highly recommend him for your endeavor into the world of classical guitar!
Kim is a wonderful teacher! He was very patient with a 45 year old with limited natural talent. He met me where I was and added to my skill base in a logical manner. He never missed or was late to class. He is a wonderful guitarist but never made me feel like I was wasting my time. I am grateful for the time we spent together.
Kim is absolutely the best. A fantastic teacher, an unbelievable player and artist, and an inspiration to all. His vast experience will open doorsfor every musician at any level. Her will push you to be the best and you will always leave hungry to play. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Our 8-year old daughter has been taking classical guitar lessons with Kim Bloom for the past few months and has already learned so much. Kim's innate passion and knowledge of music translates directly into how he teaches guitar. He not only is teaching her tricks and skills of how to play the guitar the right way, but also teaches her the theory behind playing. His attention to detail, patience, complimentary and encouraging attitude creates a fun, relaxed and informative learning environment. Our daughter is learning very quickly and their staying excited about learning. We highly recommend Kim!
The first lesson is aboout discovery and direction:
What musical experiences have you had in your past?
In what capacity do you see yourself playing the guitar in the future? Do you have aspirations as a singer or songwriter, or as an instrumentalist?
Try to answer these questions prior to our first lesson, and write down any questions that you may have for me.
Having started teaching guitar at the age of 15, I have always had a great passion for teaching students of all ages and abilities.
Lessons are about having fun while you learn. I have had the enormous benefit of many master classes by a number of the world's most accomplished masters of the guitar. I honor them by passing on what I've learned in over 50 years of playing, teaching, and study.
My online lesson rate is discounted to $60/ hour.
In order to learn most effectively, weekly lessons are a necessity. The can be 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length.
The lessons may go over the allotted time a bit, but, you are not charged extra.
I began in a music store at the age of 15, teaching begining guitar, frantically trying to stay ahead of those students! Gradually I began teaching flamenco guitar, then fell in love with the classical guitar, and never stopped.
All styles of guitar. Many students have been high school age. Many have been as young as 9 or 10. Most of my students remain with me for 3 or more years. My aim is to make them thier own teacher. Some have turned professional. Recently, say in the past 8 years or so, I have found a great interest from seniors who want to take up the guitar, I have had students in thier 80's.
Many guitar players are actually budding song writers. I teach them music theory as well as technique.
I have edited over 80 works for the classical guitar, and am always continuing to do so. Hopefully I'd like to get these published, since there a a great many good pieces that aren't played enough, due to bad fingering and interpretation.
Try to find a teacher who has been trained at a Conservatory, as opposed to a University.
Refer to the first question.