Bill Roy Guitar Lessons

Bill Roy Guitar Lessons

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My teaching approach: I've been playing for 40 years and teaching for 23. I love teaching the basics of playing guitar just as much as digging into your favorite songs and figuring out how they do what they do. acoustic singer songwriter stuff is my specialty. I have also recently started giving lessons online on skype and FaceTime. My influences are: Neil Young, James Taylor, Third Day, John Mellencamp, Eva Cassidy, the Beatles, Kenny Burrell, The Allman Brothers, Keith Green, Doc Watson, and lots of others. My guitar lessons take place in: Right now most of my lessons take place on skype, Facetime and Google Duo. I have been teaching on those platforms for about 8 years, so I'm real comfortable with them and I know what to look for to guide my students with things like hand position. and articulation. I also teach from my home or the student's home. Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Worcester area, or anywhere if online. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerstyle, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Guidance In Equipment Selection Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: For me to teach you effectively I need to know some things about you. So I will ask questions like what kind of music do you listen to, what role does, or will, playing the guitar have in your life? Or, if you've been playing a while, I would ask you to play something that you are comfortable with, part of a song, a riff or some chords you like. Again, we will see where you are and where you wish to go. Then make a plan on how to get there. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Well, the first thing we would do is talk a bit about what music you have been working on. Then we would play through it and find out how to make it flow smoothly, make it your own. Next we could talk about how to expand on what you've learned, or we would find a new song to work on or a technique that interests you. Always looking for something that is challenging but obtainable. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: The person who would benefit most from working with me is someone who is seeking to grow as a musician and an artist. Whether you are just starting out or you've been playing for years, we seem to learn best when we are humble and seeking to make music that moves us.

I love being part of someone elses journey of discovering the guitar and the workings of music itself. I truly have the greatest job in the world.

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Oxford, MA 01537
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

 I like to talk to the student and find out what kind of music he or she likes to listen to. Also what they would like to do with the guitar in the future. Accompany  themselves while they sing, or play electric guitar in a band…  whatever it may be I want to structure a plan to get them there. So we will start with short term and long term goals.  Some students want to learn how to read music, some students just want to learn how to listen to a song and figure out how to play it on their own ( I think it's best to know both ways ).

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

 My uncle gave me my first guitar lessons when I was 15 years old ( 35 years ago ).  I've taken lessons through the years privately from several other guitar teachers. One being Joe D'Angelo in Worcester.  I still love reading through books and watching instructional guitar videos to continue to learn more about the instrument. I have played professionally in bands and as a solo artist for about 25 years now.  I have taught guitar professionally for the past 20 years. I'm proud to say that I have been a full-time professional/self-employed musician for 20 years now.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

 At my home studio in North Oxford or on Skype $25/30 minutes.

 At your home within a 10 mile radius add $10 

 I also teach at union music in Worcester Massachusetts $25/30 minutes $50/60 minutes 

How did you get started teaching?

 I taught elementary music at a charter school in Worcester and had people ask if I would give them guitar lessons. I ended up loving it and devoted more and more time to it until I could support myself financially  performing and teaching professionally. 

What types of students have you worked with?

 My youngest student was two years old, although he only took three lessons. Typically I start teaching around seven years old. My oldest student is 75 years old.  My students have had various interests in styles of music and different roles for their guitar playing. Whether it be accompanying themselves while singing, playing rhythm guitar in a band,  or playing  lead guitar in a band. I've had students interested in Bluegrass, folk, classic rock, contemporary Christian, jazz, finger style,  and everybody gets a little music theory along the way. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

 My specialty is singer-songwriter types. If you want to sing and play the guitar together, and do it well,  I'm your guy.  Also if you're just starting out it's important to know how to practice effectively. How to get the most out of each time you sit down to practice. I can help you develop an effective practice routine. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

- what kind of music do you like the sound of when it comes to guitar. 

- what role would you like the guitar to play in your life. 

- how much time do you realistically have to devote to practice each day. 

- what would you like to be able to do with the guitar in a year. 

- when you are looking for a teacher does the teacher have similar musical interests,  abilities and influences to you .

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