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I first assess where the student is at musically, and then I work with them on setting priorities on how to achieve their goals. I give them worksheets to practice with, as well as backing tracks to keep tempo and help to develop their ears a bit more. There are also finger and picking excercises I show them to help develop their dexterity.
Eventually, I start teaching the students songs that they are interested in learning to help keep their attention. From there, I gradually introduce some music theory so that students can get a better grasp of what is happening musically and mathematically.
Over time, I fit in more and more complicated lessons and excercises to practice so that the student progresses gradually. Once the student is at a point that I feel they are ready to start writing their own music, I challenge them to create a song that they are proud of.
From there, I keep things interesting and throw curve balls so to say, to see if the student is paying attention. I start teaching them more intricate ways of playing the guitar and the student eventually starts to develop their own style of playing. I encourage every student to practice a lot, but to also use their imagination in creating songs and playing music in general.
I graduated from the Masters Recording Institute (now known as Minneapolis Media Institute) in Edina, MN to be a sound engineer. In that time I took music theory, guitar, voice, and ear training classes as well. I have been a well-practiced musician for over 13 years, and I originally taught myself how to play the guitar.