My teaching approach:
I am a professional musician graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have more than 15 years of TEACHING experience, having taught students from all skill levels. I believe in following a teaching plan based upon each student's goals. Instead of following a book or the same process for all my students I focus on using the best tools to help them achieve their goals.My influences are:
As long as its honest music I like it, no matter what genre. Here's a partial list: Rock: Beatles, Led Zep, Sabbath, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Dream Theater, Ozzy Pop: MJ, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, John Mayer Jazz: Blue note 50s era mostly, Rosenwinkel, Metheny Instrumental: Beck, Vai, Govan, Gilbert, Greg Howe Blues: SRV, Clapton, Gary Moore, Bonamassa A lot of Latin and Flamenco too!My guitar lessons take place in:
The student's homeGuitar Techniques:
Guidance In Equipment Selection, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Improvisation, Performance, Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar.Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following:
I start by talking a little to get to know each other better, it's crucial for me to know what music do you like and what are your goals so that I can guide you through your learning process with confidence. After that I ask the student to play a little of what he knows already (if applicable) and take notes from it. Then I am ready to tell him what our plan is gonna be! I try to have my students playing complete songs as soon as possible.A guitar lesson with me might entail the following:
For me repertoire, playing ACTUAL SONGS instead of exercises only, is really important. That's why I try to always teach a new concept, technique, chord, etc through a real music situation. That way my students can really see their progress while learning at the same time. For advanced students we work together on a more focused approach towards their needs (technique, improvisation, harmony knowledge, etc).The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following:
Learning guitar is a 70/30 process. I'll ALWAYS do my best to have you playing the best you can, as fast as you can. That's MY PART of the equation (70%) The other part is YOUR commitment and motivation, but since you are reading this I guess that has already been settled!!!