Rob Grant Guitar Lessons

Rob Grant Guitar Lessons

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Music can be seen merely as entertainment, or as a means of self expression and communication.The guitar is an amazingly versatile instrument, with it’s capacity to produce melody, harmony and percussion, all at the same time. As my student, you’ll be taught to maximize the power of this ever ancient, ever new instrument by learning: Rhythm (strumming and finger picking) Melody (playing the “tune” of your favorite songs): Harmony (the chords and multi-note patterns that build off the melodic leads) A good player is more than a mechanic who knows positions and technique: A good player knows MUSIC, the theory and patterns that shape the actions of their hands. Learning an instrument is not just about theory and discipline, its about the joy of expanding and sharing one’s world with other people.

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San Francisco, CA 94114
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The best way to teach is to first assess what the student alreaday knows, and to determine what direction thay wish to take with their lessons. 

Oftentimes, a new student will say "I don't know anything, and I don't know where I want to go!"
But, after my asking a few questions, it becomes clear that there is some foundation (they sing, they took piano as a child, they listen to music all the time, they like classical more than rock, etc.) and such a conversation gets us off to a start where the STUDENT'S needs are first peiority, and then the actual lesson orientation can begin.

A teacher cannot take a student to a place that the teacher knows is good for them until the teacher knows WHERE the student is to begin with...

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

I mave been a professional working musician, recording artist and music teacher for 30 years, performing in the USA and in Europe, and I have a Master's Degree.

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

I prefer to structure payment by the "month" so that there is a mutual commitment between my students and I that "Mondays in November at 6PM is our time..."  That said, my rate comes down to $45 lesson. Since music is my passion and I want all the world to be able to learn, I am open to conversation about rates if there is a special need for a new client...

How did you get started teaching?

After several years of performing and being asked "do you teach?", I decided to answer the question "YES!" Then I studied teaching techniques and developed a methodology of my own that combines proven pedagogical theory with an actual practical/experience-based approach.

What types of students have you worked with?

The age range has been from grade school to senior citizens--novices and people whoalready  have some basic and intermediate skills as well...

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Around the holidays, I plan a recital for my students where they get to play the pieces they have learned in fromt of an audience of people who love them!  Way cool, way fun!

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

Talk to the teacher to learn what their approach is, and make sure it matches the way YOU want to learn.

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

Students should think about what kind of music they want to learn, what combination of music theory and playing technique thay want, and what kind of commitment thay are willing to make. Guitar is definitely a fun instrument, but its MUCH more fun when you practiece and start to get good at it!