My teaching approach: "Patient, postive, and professional is my philosophy. I can with confidence, tell you that you be studying one of the best teachers you've had. Music is my passion and I love sharing it with others. For more than 28 years I've studied and performed with the best instructors for many years and have performed extensively here in town and abroad. You will find me patient and positive all along the way and making the lessons FUN! My method lays it out for you in a concise manner and I give you a practice routine you will need to reach your musical goals. My influences are: Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Paco Peña, Jorge Strunz, Wes Montgomery, Luis Bonfa, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Alan Holdsworth. Jeff Beck, Paco De Lucia, Joe Satrianni, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Joe Pass, Jaco Pastorius, Ray Brown, Eric Clapton, Andre Segovia, Clarence White, Django Reinhardt, My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Pasadena Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: Mainly by having the student play and see what key factors are employed. If they keep losing the beat trying to play a melody or a chord passage, then we focus on timing. If the student wants to learn how to solo then we have to work on multiple aspects of ear training and fretboard theory. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Depending on the level of the student, we would start with a routine to develop musician skills and muscle development. I tailor all lessons to the student so no 2 lesson are alike. I do employ practical knowledge that does entail learning scales, rhythm studies, theory and music repertoire. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: My ideal student practices regularly as in, everyday. And they are coachable not pre-conceived on what they need since the professional teacher can access what is needed. They also ask questions and ask for more ideas. In other words a dynamic person who does like "picking my brain"
Ruben is a super chill guy who clearly knows what he’s doing. I never felt embarrassed if I couldn’t do something, Ruben was always quick to help me learn and made things easy to understand. During lessons Ruben taught me scales, keys, alternate picking, and similar things that are essential to really knowing how to play your instrument. But he mainly taught me songs that I was really interested in learning, which other teachers had never done with me before. This really helped me learn a TON, not just about the music I liked, but music theory as well. I had lessons with Ruben years ago, and we are still friends, and I know that I can still ask him for help with something if I need it. Great guy, great lessons.