I have taken lessons from Pat for about a year, and he has given me a wonderfully customized learning experience building upon what I had learned on my own and where I want to be in the coming year(s). He listens, responds to questions and provides clarification, and gives feedback to reinforce learning and identify areas needing improvement. He encourages exploration and introduces techniques reflecting different types of music ranging from bluegrass and folk songs to the blues and rock 'n roll. From one lesson to the next, it is clear that he has analyzed both the progress and problems being experienced and developed a plan to allow me to succeed in getting to the next level. Best of all, after having a lesson with Pat, I am excited and eager to go home and practice what I have learned that day. Learning from him is both fun and rewarding. I love my lessons!
I teach a practical guitar method that will get a beginner student playing songs quickly and can bring intermediate players to the next level. You will understand chord and scale relationships and learn basic music theory as it applies to the guitar. I can show you how to sing and play guitar at the same time. I teach acoustic guitar and electric blues guitar as relates to the blues scale.
I have been playing guitar since the 1960's and am currently in a Denver Retro-Grass playing both resophonic and acoustic guitar. I have worked both professionally and semi-professionally in bands and as a solo performer.
I just love teaching, that moment when a student just gets it, digs in and plays what I taught them with good phrasing is so rewarding. This is one of the best feelings I know.
Teaching students about their instrument, how it works and how best to maintain it. How to properly fret a note and/or chord and the correct way to hold a guitar pick. Depending on what type of music the student wish to learn how to play, I start with one key, G for Bluegrass, E for Blues, A for Rock, C for Country/Folk.