My teaching approach: My approach depends on individual needs of the student and his or her goals as a musician. I use many different sources like Segovia's transcriptions, methods by the leading guitarists and teachers in the field. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: South Hadley, Massachusetts and around neighboring towns Guitar Techniques: Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises
I enjoy seeing someone's progress and exitment when they can play the guitar. I love to share my passion about music and playing. I have been teaching college level students, kids, teenagers, and adults. Seems, music speaks to every age group.
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First, I like to find out their musical interests and what they would like to play. Then, I move to proper technique for holding guitar and sitting. From my experience, I see a lot of neglect in addressing those issues which may result in difficulty with playing the instrument, and can even lead to hurting your hands.
I hold a Bachelor degree in music from Mount Holyoke College and a Master in Music degree from the Hartt School of Music in concentration in Music Theory. I also spent over twenty years on and off playing in rock, blues, and reggae bands.
The starting rate is $40.00 for a 50 minutes lesson. I provide all the materials needed.
I started teaching first simply by being asked to teach. I realized quickly that I really love to teach and share my music with others.
I work with all age groups. I taught yound kids, teenagers, as well as adults. Right now, most my students are college age, but I also have my private practice where I teach older adults.
I enjoyed a recent remark from one of my students saying:
"I knew you will have a solution for that."
I would advise to interview the teacher, see them play, and maybe ask to sit on a lesson with other student. Definitely, hire someone with the degree and credentials.
The teachers like to know the students' goals. It's easier to plan the lessons that way and meet the students' expectations from the teacher when there is some kind of point of destination.
Saying that you want to learn to improvise is too broad. There are different styles of music and different approach to all. Being precise is probably the best bet.