I am a musician with over 30 years of experience, and I will teach you not only techniques of playing but also the interaction of sound and dynamics within the song, as well as the musical understanding of the theoretical part.
As a producer and songwriter I understand the role of instruments in a band and song setting. You may want to learn how to accompany yourself as a singer, I will help you with that! We will find out what bass lines or electric guitar patterns will enhance the sound and feel of a song.
I have recorded and produced two original CDs and am also working as a producer for other artists.
I love showing people how easy it is to have quick successes in guitar playing, playing a first song etc. I love to give each student songs he or she likes to play, and it is such a reward to see my students realize they can actually play their favorite songs!
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I tailor all lessons to the needs and qualification of the student. If you are a beginner, I will help you understand the instrument and make it easy for you to feel comfortable on it. If you have some experience I will integrate what you already know and go from there, instead of repeating unnecessary material. I will though help you get rid of bad habits, should you have some :-)
I am self taught on Acoustic and Electric Guitar, as well as Bass. Which means I know the ins and outs of music theory, know how to listen to and feel the instrument and song. Althought I know how music works, I will not be able to teach you how to read music. Our tool will be TABs and Chord Sheets.
I charge $30 per half hour, $60 per full hour. Should I travel to your home I will charge an additional $1 per mile and lesson. Please visit my website for group rates!
I accept cancellations at least 24 hours before the next scheduled class.
You pay per day and lesson.
As a playing musician I got approached by a private music school in Germany, asking if I wanted to join their team. This was a little over 10 years ago.
I have worked with kids and adults, with musicians and those who have never in their life held an instrument in their hands.
I think Girls Rock in Santa Barbara and the JAMS Music school are amazing!
On a personal matter, I get excited about a CD project I am producing right now for a singer/songwriter here in SB.
Look for someone you like! The chemistry between student and teacher is very important. As a girl you might prefer a girl teacher. Also, check out the range of experience the teacher has. Not only as a teacher, but also as a playing musician.
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