Colgan Music

Colgan Music

4.8 (16)
27 hires on
45 years in business

About this pro

My teaching approach: I go the extra mile to learn YOUR favoerites songs and use them as vehicles to learng YOUR basics and technical skills. I am not just like businesses who see students and teachers as mere numbers and hope you will just make the wrong assumption that what works for the teacher will automaticaloly work for you.

Where I am different is that I don't just do most teachers do; download the innacuarte tablatures or talk you into waiting a long time before learning YOUR songs. I really can reverse-engineer and transcibe (notate) ACURATELY any artist from James Taylor to Dream Theater because I actually worked on the sheet music for those artists. 

You have been trained musically your entire life just by listening to music. Not including music YOU grew up with is like squandering your best opportunities and prevent you from learning at your fastest pace.

As a result of going that extra mile is why my students learn a lot faster with me because we exploit that lifetime of training. You will litterally be saving yourself YEARS if you allow me to structure YOUR strategy from YOUR point A to YOUR point B.

The reason so many people are able to teach themselves is by being fearless about the songs they enjoy. I want you to develop that fearlessness as soon as possible instead of just wasting your time with busy-work.

Diagnosis is everything! By taking the time to accurately diagnose your needs, I can make sure you become more aware of how to invest your practice time more effectively.

Only a VERY experienced teacher can save you time and money. Watch out for teachers who rely on magic, "instant" guitar methods they claim will "work for everyone" because there has never been an example of them working.

Methods are only for the teachers' benefit and become poor excuses for laziness of teachers who don't really want to do the work you hire us to do.

Methods should only be used for class rooms and even then, there has never been one single case of anyone ever becoming a great player (or even just a good player) as the result of following a "step-by-step method."

My influences are: Literally thousands of influences from the Beatles to Yes, to Dream Theater, to Cat Stevens to Rush to Chick Corea to more and more and more...

My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: Monday through Friday mid-afternoon and weekend mornings and afternoon.

You also have the option of either regular weekly lessons to irregular lessons. Either one can either be ideal or counter-productive depending on who you are, where you are in your training and your comfort level.

Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection

Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: I discuss extensively your influences and technical needs PRIOR to the first lesson. I have a series of questions that I ask verbally based on previous discussions and what I see during the first lesson.

I tend to look for the weakest link and blind spots preventing you from your maximum results, according to your level. This is especially useful if you have been trying to teach yourself, uncertain of what's missing in your knowledge.

The internet has become the primary source of problems because while the quantity of information has sky rocketed, the quality has plummeted to where people usually just end up burying themselves with "pack-rat knowledge" collecting instead of progressing.

You will always learn a LOT faster when it's in the context of music YOU listen to, not what a teacher assigns you out of laziness...

A typical guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Lessons are NEVER typical because I adapt to each client's point A to point B which is something yiou CANNOT be found in any mass produce method or product.

I place my knowledge of each client, above my knowledge of the subject matter, as the best source for helping you reach YOUR goals.

The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student would be someone who loves music who just enjoys feeling those right notes played at the right time with the right tone, whether you are doing it as a hobby, or professionally.

That's why I prefer not to teach at facilities who take pride in forcing all of their students into performances and recitals because. Those recitals are counterproductive distraction for students and really only benefit the schools who just use you for sales promotion. In other words, you spend all year, paying them for classes, learning their choice of songs for you to help their sales, NOT FOR YOUR BENEFIT!

People hire me to share my favorite subject. How cool is that?

Most of my friendships throughout the decades have been built from our sharing our appreciation of music.

As a result, since I am likely teaching a friend (or friend to be) I WANT you to love what you are doing and love the results. That is why I have been at it for so long

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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
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16 Reviews


  • Danny Lopez

    Colgan takes the time to understand the students musical goals, influences and skill level. He then takes that information and develops a personalized lesson plan specifically for the student.

  • Sam Waksman

    Dude knows his stuff. Looking forward to working with him in the future.

  • Tim Harris

    Qualified, knowledgeable, easy to understand. Continuing review of different instructors, moving closer to deciding

  • Don Leverette

    personality,knows what he is talking about,knows what the student needs before the student does.This from someone who has over sixty years in the music business.Ive never met anyone as versatile as Colgan.He can explaine anything and everything so you completely get it, Colgan is simply the best,hands down!!!

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