My lessons focus on getting you playing the songs you want to play as quickly as possible. Theory is important, but we will learn that as we go, rather than getting bogged down in the math of music. The important thing is getting you where you want to be on the instrument in as little time as we can.
I love learning how each individual student communicates and meeting them wherever they are at. I pride myself on being able to cater the lesson to the needs of the student.
I work and teach as a resident director at The Annoyance Theater in Chicago, and began teaching because I would be approached by actors and comedians who wish to integrate music into their material. So in addition to simply learning how to play the instrument, we can also learn how to develop material, as well as how to create songs from either a melodic or a lyrical starting point.
More, even, than learning an instrument or a new skill, these lessons will help guide the student towards achieving their own artistic vision.
Joe's style met me where I am with guitar-playing. He saw my current skill set and potential, provided encouragement and never felt condescending or impatient. He chose the right new skills to introduce at the right moments. The lesson gave me a tangible, approachable and just-challenging-enough set of new techniques to practice; everything was based on what I wanted to learn, and how I wanted to find enjoyment.
Joe is patient, knowledgeable, and passionate about music. He cares about his students and is willing to put in extra time to really make sure they understand what they’re working on. Plus, he’s a fantastic musician, which is pretty inspiring in and of itself!