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The Guitar, along with its various stringed kin, has the very unique quality of being able to adapt to a players sound. The concept of "bone tone", along with a players' own vibrato or picking/strumming style, elevates the guitars dynamic capabilities. The aesthetic also cannot be ignored as it has launched entire genres and cultures around it. As a teacher I try to incorporate some of this historic information into the lessons to help cultivate a genuine interest in the instrument. I also typically assess a players' ability first before moving on to some of the more advanced exercises. I have an extensive songbook and a few tips and tricks that can help out with novice fretting and strumming hands. I have also taught foundation music theory to accompany my lessons for those that want more information on chord construction and songwriting practices.

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Los Angeles, CA 90045
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I ask them what they know first, assuming they are starting from scratch I go over the basics first. Naming all of the parts of the instrument. Tuning the instrument. Basic intonation practices and maintainance of the guitar. How to hold the guitar. Proper posture and finally how to read the fretboard.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Music theory knowledge from college.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

First lessons free for students who come to me or students that are online. Then its $15 for every half hour devided into two half hour sessions a week.

How did you get started teaching?

I was busking in the street in Beirut and had been playing with a few local bands. People wanted to learn how to play so I taught them. Later I went on to teach groups of children in and around the Melbourne Florida area.

What types of students have you worked with?

All types of students, from beginners to better players than me. I have also worked with children as young as 7 and adults as old as 70.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently drove cross country from Florida to California to go camp in the Redwood forest.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would say first and formost that the guitar is a musical instrument, therefore it is a good idea for the student to listen to music that they find appealing and try and work out what they would like to learn from there. Its easier for a teacher to teach if they know what the student wants to learn.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do I want to learn? What kind of guitar do I have? Is that guitar capable of making the sounds that you want to emulate?