My teaching approach: It is my goal to teach each individual student music theory and music history as well as provide many exercises in the proper uses of technique on the guitar, bass, or ukulele. Students of music should experience music in their lives, explore the unique language that comprises music, and learn to express themselves through the many sounds that reverberate throughout their life. I will endeavor to help every student become the musician they dream of being. My influences are: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Ynwie Malmsteen, Pantera, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Arch Enemy, Emperor, and Tourniquet. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Occasionally, Saturdays will be open for make up lessons. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerstyle, 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: With new students I find it very important to assess each students current ability. By asking questions and testing the students physical capabilities I can determine introductory skill sets. Once I have assessed ability I taylor their lessons around their skill level and personal goals. In my opinion, it is vital to help the beginning student develop the proper use of technique that will set the stage for their future success in music. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: I design each lesson with students on an individual basis. My students will refine their musical abilities through scales, chords, techniques, and their favorite riffs/songs. I ask my students questions in the lessons in an attempt to develop a strong understanding of the application of the music they learn. First I begin with review, followed by technique; these steps build up for chord and scale practice which in turn leads to application. During each lesson I will inquire as to what music has inspired or motivated the student that week. The answer(s) become the topic of that lesson. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: The ideal student will understand that I serve as a guide. I can not make anyone great, for greatness is found within the student. Therefore, a student who practices daily and asks many questions during lessons will find success within themselves.
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