Massachusetts singer-songwriter Randy Vera was a finalist for the 2012 John Lennon Songwriting Contest as one of three candidates in the "Jazz" category. His songs appear on National TV in PBS's "Roadtrip Nation" and ESPN surfing, and his other placements include VAS Entertainment's acclaimed surfing film "Innersection" and Ferro Films "The Mean Of Green" (2012). Randy is currently recording with 12 time Platinum Producer Anthony J. Resta (Twilight Films Soundtrack, Elton John, Collective Soul), and he maintains a busy performing schedule.
When Randy isn't performing, he enjoys passing his passion for music on to students. He's taught guitar and songwriting on and off for 20 years.
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Randy is an awesome performer, I saw him play in at the Hard Rock and found out he gave lessons! Amazing teacher, patient, professional and funny! Kept me laughing. totally stress free and delightful !!
I took a starter lesson from Randy. I wanted to learn how to play a few songs but had never played a guitar before. Within ten minutes, I learned two chords at once and how to switch between them. Finning my hand doing it on my iPhone helped so much as I could practice it later. He gave me exercises to build from and other chord formations. With one lesson, I'm definitely up and running. I've also seen Randy perform live at venues in Boston. He can really play.
I think a teacher has to meet a student--beginner or advanced, older or younger--where he or she is. And so, in the first lesson, I ask the student to play me a song. I try to get a sense too of what the student wants to accomplish and we take it from there.
Once we've established the student's goals and level of profiiency I typically design a lesson plan with appropriate materials.
Longy School of Music
Voice for Performance, Guitar, and Composition at Boston College
Atonal Solfege I at Berklee College of Music
$25: 30 minutes
$40: 45 minutes
$50: 60 minutes
I started teaching guitar when I was in college as a way of making extra money and I came quickly to love it almost as much as performing.
12-64, in other words, roughly junior high school to adults of all ages.
Although it takes some time and effort, consider "auditioning" several teachers. Not every teacher fits every student well. And, in my own experience, the most brilliant musicians can be really lousy teachers. Sometimes it's a matter of personality; sometimes it's a matter of different communication styles; sometimes it's a matter of patience. It's important that you find someone you're comfortable with, who listens to you, and can accommodate your particular learning style. A great teacher can make a tremendous difference in your progress (or lack thereof!). Don't be afraid to wait for the teacher who speaks to and inspires you!
Try to think about what your goals are. Would you like to learn particular songs? A particular style of music? Would you like to learn particular techniques? Do you want to become a guitar master or are you more interested in basic proficiency so that you can play the chords of a few of your favorite songs? Whatever goal you have is the right one for you. Identifying it will contribute a great deal to your progress!