I offer private guitar and bass lessons for all levels, from beginners to the advanced. My students are taught music theory and receive excellent instruction in fretboard knowledge providing the baseline skills necessary to achieve their musical goals. As your instructor, I will personalize your lessons. If you are unsure of what direction you want to take, I can help you discover what suits you. My methodology includes breaking down the complexities of music playing and technique into smaller, more manageable exercises. I encourage developing a balance between the technical and the creative aspects of playing the guitar. Learning music helps develop artistic expression, problem solving skills, and confidence in children as well as adults. I offer a friendly, patient, and comfortable environment backed with over 20 years of experience as a professional musician, 15 years as a guitar instructor, and the latest in recording and music technology to help you achieve your goals.
Wether my students have short-term goals, like learning a new chord shape, or long-term goals, like getting accepted in to a college music program, I enjoy helping each one succeed. Watching my students work hard and achieve their goals is the best part of teaching music.
Finding the Connection: Our son Trent, started paying the guitar his sophomore year of high school. My Husband and I immediately notice that he had a skill and passion for music. I went to the local music store to get information on lessons but Trent refused to give it a try. Then one day my father had the opportunity to listen to Trent play at a family party, and from that day it was his mission to find the right guitar instructor for Trent. That year for Christmas my father gave Trent 4 guitar lesson with Tempee. I will never forget the first lesson both Trent and I were a little nervous, but my Dad had several conversations with Tempee and believed he was the perfect instructor. Tempee and Trent connected on the first lesson and we returned weekly till he graduated from Highschool. Trent was always ready for a lesson with Tempee, the lessons provided development skills, music theory and of course rock n’ roll. Trent is now attending Berklee College of Music and Boston – Thank you Tempee, you provided Trent with support and encouragement to pursue his true passion. Tempee will connect with his students thru his passion of music, he motivates them to learn and improve their skills.
Tempee is an awesome teacher and amazing guitarist. Laid back and patient. I would highly recommend his lessons.
Tempee is an artist eager to share his knowledge of guitar and music. He’s patient and easy to understand. His lessons are fun and he teaches in a way that makes it easy for a beginner to learn.
I was a little apprehensive about starting bass lessons at first, but Tempee’s friendly, laid-back style quickly put me at ease and the experience ranks as one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things I’ve done in my life. I learned more in just a few 30 minute sessions with Tempee than I did in a year of “teaching myself” with books, youtube videos, etc. He kept the pace comfortable and introduced new concepts and terms at a steady pace that was never overwhelming. Every lesson gave me a sense of progress and accomplishment. Besides learning to play bass, I gained an understanding of music theory that really tied everything together and helped make the notes and chord progressions click. Tempee is a great teacher. I highly recommend trying lessons with him if you’re learning bass or guitar.
For most new students, the first lesson is about learning and understanding the fretboard, which is fundamental to learning all music styles. Then we progress by focusing on the music that interests the student. I find that students who are playing what they like are more likely to continue to play the guitar. Once we establish a foundation for learning to play the guitar, I may introduce topics in music theory to deepen the student's understanding of the music they are studying.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance as well as two Associates degrees in Music and Business, and a certificate in Audio Engineering. I completed the Basic Music Course, Staff Sergeant Course and Sound Engineering Course at the Military School of Music. I served a guitarist in the Army for over 20 years. As a guitarist in the Army, I was required to play in many different types of music groups. Jazz combo, big band, dixieland band, funk band, rock band, country band, etc. I also played percussion in the marching band and concert band. My time as a military bandsman gave me the opportunity to perform for audiences all over the United States and Europe.
Find someone with a lot of experience who can break down a complex task into small steps. These skills are important for a teacher to have