My Teaching Approach: Having fun with your instrument and making practice time as exciting as possible is my main goal as a music teacher! I enjoy teaching material that not only emphasizes a variety of techniques but also focuses on the genres and specific musical artists that inspire the student.
My Influences Are: I started on a nylon stringed acoustic when I was about 12 and didn't pick up an electric til my late 20s. I moved to Maui in 2008 and learned the Ukulele (the two instruments are surprisingly alike). There isn't a genre of music I don't like but some of my favs are grunge, classic rock, folk, blues and reggae.
Guitar Lessons with me take place: Online (just use your phone ;)
Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: Message me for availability.
Guitar Techniques: Chords & changes, Flatpicking techniques, Fingerstyle picking, Scales, Modes & Arpeggios, Soloing, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Chord Theory, Staff Music, Song Writing.
Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: The first lesson is just as much a learning process for me as it is for you. I always stear the lesson in the direction of your musical tastes and interests. My most common question is "What would you like to play?" or "What have you been practicing?"
A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: I usually split each lesson into thirds starting with review of the previous week's material, then I always introduce something new with every lesson whether it be a theory or technique practice or a new song, but typically I find material that succeeds in combining the two. Then we wrap it up with a mini practice session.
The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student include: Ideally, my students will put their hands on their guitar everyday. I know an hour of daily practice isn't always convenient, but even if it's only 5 minutes it all adds up quickly! And you might notice how a 5 minute practice easily turns into a 20 or 30 minute practice ;)
Learning that a rational understanding of music only shows you what you need to express yourself but still not how to express creatively is the lesson that took me a while to get. Being able to show a student which crayon to use to draw the sky musically speaking has become an incredibly rewarding experience for me.
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Cameron worked with two of our daughters on guitar and ukulele. He is a fantastic coach for teens (and probably just as fantastic for any age)! The girls truly enjoyed and looked forward to each lesson! I am so thankful that we found someone that was such a great fit for our family! I would highly recommend Cameron as a guitar and ukulele coach! He definitely knows his stuff!!
Cameron is a skilled guitar player with an excellent approach to finger picking styles chord progressions, and melodic design. I enjoyed learning from him and felt that he was able to break things down in a patient and compassionate manor, and move at a pace that was comfortable with me. I continue to play and learn from the basic principles Cameron taught me many years ago.
It all starts with understanding where you are as a musician right now and which direction you want to go with it. Beginners are always great because I know just where to start :) With an intermediate level student I take time to gauge their current knowledge and skill so I can go back with them and fill in any gaps before moving forward. Advanced students are especially fun because we get work on more genre-specific techniques.