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I want to help you play great sounding guitar, even if you only have a few minutes a day.
The guitar can be tricky because of the way it's organized, but I love helping students quickly understand the guitar, start reading music, and enjoying the process.
I love working with beginners and more advanced students in a variety of genres including: acoustic, rock, pop, jazz, and classical.
I live for those "ah ha" moments with my students that leads to deep personal enjoyment of playing music.
The lesson was informative and relevant to my particular skill level. I was especially grateful for the humility of the teacher, thereby making the integration of information significantly easier and more palatable.
Gary is a great player and teacher. He is really good at understanding exactly what I am asking about and where I am confused, and so is able to provide me with concise feedback on exactly what I need to do to improve the area that I am working on. Thanks again Gary!
Gary’s approach to teaching was straight and to the point. He asked simply what do you want to learn? I gave him a list of 3 things of interest to me and within 30 minutes I had all the knowledge that I had asked for. Professional and knowledgable to describe Gary is an understatement. Thank you Gary!
Gary, is a phenomenal teacher who’s insight spans beyond just guitar. It’s very evident that he uses his personal as well as professional experience to teach. His approach makes the student feel like they are a part of the process of learning. There are many great players out there who are not great teachers, but without a doubt, Gary embodies both
My process for working with a new student is to:
Evaluate his or her current skill level.
Learn about the student’s goals in music and guitar.
Develop a plan to help them achieve their goals.
Bachelor of Arts | Azusa Pacific University
2002 - 2006 B.A. in Commercial Music (Guitar Performance, Music Business)
Master of Arts | Azusa Pacific University
2011 - 2013 M.A. in Guitar Performance
Little Big Shots (NBC)
The Voice T.V. Show (NBC)
Sing Your Face Off (ABC)
Artists/Musicians I've had the honor of working with.
Four (4) half-hour lessons - $120
Four (4) full-hour lessons - $220
“Text Lessons" with GaryLooking for a more affordable way to study guitar?Try "Text Lessons" with Gary - Just $60/Month….How it works:
Step 1: Complete intake form (so I can learn about your background and goals)
Step 2: Send an entrance video (so I can get a sense of your skill level)
Here’s what you get…
Personalized monthly assignments: I will create personalized monthly assignments specifically for your skill level and goals on guitar. This would include songs to learn, technical exercises, musical concepts, etc.
Personalized Critique of your playing: Based on video and audio examples you send, I’ll provide personalized feedback and critiques to help you get the most out of your practice time.
Your questions answered… (anytime!): Struggling with a chord progression? A difficult rhythm. Is something just not making sense? Text me anytime day or night and I’ll reply back within 24-hours with feedback and video demonstrations. Often we can have short text conversations back and forth as well as time allows. Feel free to text as much as you like!
Easy billing… $60/month, cancel anytime. Feel free to even give it a try for 1 month and see how you like it.
I love working with students of all levels. I currently have absolute beginners and also intermediate/advance students that I teach at a university.
When looking for a teacher, I would recommend trying to find someone who has the "heart of a teacher", meaning, he/she really cares that you are understanding the material and enjoying the process at the same time.
There will always be frustrating moments when learning music or guitar, but having the right teacher can make even the difficult seasons enjoyable and fruitful.
Students should think about what "success" specifically means to them in terms of learning guitar. And this can sometimes be difficult to put into words, but it's important so that both the student and teacher are the same page before working together.