I teach how to play music by ear. Learning music is like learning a language. You have to learn how to listen, and how to speak. I teach my students to be able to speak the language of music naturally, just like a language.
Topics covered: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerstyle, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Songwriting
I love to give people the tools they need to excel in music.
Noel has been great to work with! His first priority is to help you meet your personal goals as a guitarist. He’s very flexible in working with your schedule and knows how to adjust lessons to best suit your time commitment. His wide experience in music and passion for guitar is inspiring and contagious to his students.
Noel is very knowledgeable, professional and flexible teacher. He taught my son guitar the right way with proper techniques right from the start.
He genuinely cares about the potential and growth of his students! He is also fun to work with
To describe my experience on what goes well, Noel always shows up on time to my home to learn guitar. The basics are covered in the way they need to be. I appreciate his way to introduce me to the Pentatonic scales and to learn basic songs that sound good. At this rate I believe I would become competent enough to play for a Bible study group after I graduate from school and have consistent time to practice more on my own as well. Even with minimal practice that I have done on my part, I can now understand the guitar enough to play Greensleeves on Christmas with multiple chords and four other contemporary Christian songs for my family.
We talk about why they want to learn the guitar, what kind of music they listen to, and what they eventually want to be able to play. Then I will outline a roadmap to how we will achieve the students goals.
When we begin playing the guitar, I always try to give music that will be fun for my students and is in a style they are interested in.
B.A. Professional Music from Berklee College of Music
M.M Studio/Jazz Guitar from USC
I started teaching after graduating from Berklee.
I've worked with students from all age ranges, from elementary students to middle aged adults. My students have been from a variety of skill levels from beginner to intermediate.
I showed one of my students how to practice recognizing intervals by ear. A lot of people want to be able to play by ear but they don't know how to and it seems kind of mystical. After I taught him this skill he said he was mindblown and super motivated to start practicing so he could start playing music by ear as well!
Find a teacher whose personality you are comfortable with and get along, and someone who can teach you the style of music that you are interested in.
Why do I want to play the guitar? For fun, for a band, as a profession...
What do I want to eventually be able to play on the guitar?
What areas to do I want to progress in?
Who are my favorite artists?
These questions will give me a good idea of what direction to head in our lessons.