Lessons With Ian Otto

Lessons With Ian Otto

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About

As a teacher/mentor I bring over 20 years of experience and dedication playing guitar to my students. Having grown up in the 90’s/early 2000s my primary influences include who I like to call the three J’s: John Mayer, Jack Johnson, and Jason Mraz. What inspired me the most was how rhythmic and soulful their playing is. Specifically with how they use their strumming hand as a strong backdrop for vocals- something that as a singer myself I’ve spent a lot of time on.

Lessons with Ian are fun, thoughtful, and clear in regards to how we build your skills each session. My method is centered around learning classic and modern songs as a pathway towards technical proficiency, while also spending time exploring the magic of how to effortlessly move around a fretboard, ergonomics of proper hand positioning, and the infinite amount of chord shapes available to us. My students range from the absolute beginner to advanced, adapting my approach according to their level. I am well versed in the styles of Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Folk, etc.

What I love most about teaching is the opportunity to inspire, and seeing my students grow over a period of time. It’s a thrill being able to say, “Think back 3 weeks ago when you started learning this song and how hard it was compared to now-you’re killin’ it!”


Highlights

Hired 6 times
1 employee
10 years in business
Serves Ellicott City , MD
Offers online services

Specialties

Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Ukulele, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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    Sam D.

    Ian Otto is a very organized and disciplined teacher. I had been playing and taking lessons for years before working with him, and he was able to help me reframe my existing knowledge and learn new approaches to become a better guitar player. I would highly recommend working with Ian.
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    February 27, 2023

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    Martin P.

    Ian offers a personalized experience and is genuinely enthusiastic about getting to know his students and understanding what they hope to achieve. He allocates lesson time efficiently; Never dwindling too long on a simple concept, but more than willing to slow things down to ensure clear understanding and proper technique. Ian is knowledgeable, approachable, encouraging, and supportive. I have learned a great deal in a relatively short time.
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    February 27, 2023

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    Tiara T.

    Just had an amazing guitar lesson with Ian via Zoom! If you find yourself wanting to learn from the beginning, or if you’re like me and already have some knowledge, but want to expand and learn new techniques and tricks... definitely reach out to Ian! I’ve had lessons from other teachers in the past, and he’s definitely the most patient and informative one I’ve had ☺️ Thanks again, Ian!
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    February 27, 2023

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    Mike B.

    Ian has exceeded my expectations as a guitar instructor. The way he is able to break things down into easy and simple steps has been extremely helpful for me. Because of Ian, my guitar is no longer collecting dust or locked in a closet. I look forward to learning the full spectrum of guitar, and I highly recommend Ian if you are serious about having fun and developing quality guitar skills. Mike B
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    February 27, 2023

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    Michael B.

    Ian has exceeded my expectations as a guitar instructor. The way he is able to break things down into easy and simple steps has been extremely helpful for me. Because of Ian, my guitar is no longer collecting dust or locked in a closet. I look forward to learning the full spectrum of guitar, and I highly recommend Ian if you are serious about having fun and developing quality guitar skills.
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    December 03, 2020

    Frequently asked questions

    First lesson is always free, and gives us a chance to get to know eachother and see if we're a good fit. For experienced players I like to hear something you're currently working on to help me get a sense of where you are and how I can help you grow. For beginners we start by first learning the Anatomy of the Guitar, and then right into some fun easy Riffs that are both familiar and perfect for building finger intelligence/strength.

    I have an Associates Degree in Music Performance. Upon reaching that level I decided it was best for me to save my bank account and pursue my passion as a full time career:  teaching, gigging, and also working as a Dance Accompanist for college level/pre-professional dancers (it's a sweet job playing music for dance). Currently, I am employed as the Music Coordinator for Dance at Howard Community College  where a few days a week I provide live music for the department's technique classes, run sound/compose music for performances, and assist in managing the school's instruments.

    30 min: $30

    45min: $45

    60min: $60

    I've worked with students of all ages, backgrounds, and experience. The youngest student I ever taught was 6 years old, while the oldest I've taught was in his 70s! Though from that experience, I reccomend 12 as the minimum age for learning guitar. I've worked with students who just wanted to learn guitar and also those who had an interest in singing/songwriting as well. I'm a songwriter, and it's a lot of fun talking about Lyric writing and song structure if that interests you. 

    This past October I had the pleasure of collaborating with a well known Modern Dance company here in Howard County, MD. Our performance was outdoors, and I played my acoustic guitar through a series of pedals (Loop, Delay, Chorus, etc) making some really cool sounds for the dancers as they created unique improvised movement inspired by both the music and the setting we were in.

    Most teachers, like me, offer a free lesson. I would definitely take advantage of this and try out a few different people before deciding to commit long term.


    Services offered

    Guitar
    Music Theory