J Francis Olson Guitar Lessons

J Francis Olson Guitar Lessons

1 employee
9 years in business

About this pro

I taylor teaching to each student. teach practical methods with a big picture view on guitar playing.  Understanding the fretboard and the importance of techniques, adopting position playing and modal playing, scale knowledge and its applicatoin to lead guitar and composition, chord construction, chord progression and its knowledge appled to lead and rhythm guitar, chord scales as an important tool for picturing the modes and scales and how they interconnect. 

- 43 years of guitar playing lead and rhythm guitar for bands, church functions, live shows in many styles including classical, rock, blues, jazz, R&B, funk, hard rock, metal, and raggae.

- www.jfrancisolson.com music industry knowledge.

- Experienced in studio and live performance. 

- Degree in music production.

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Burnsville, MN 55337
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Develop an understanding of they're personal development goals and what they want to accomplish. Also an undestanding of learning styles and general assesment of skills to get a picture of what they are currently able to do.  Sometimes peopel are very specific, other times they have a more general idea.

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

I have a degree in music production from IPR, and two years of music study at the University of River Falls Wisconsin.  In addition to over 40 years experience playing guitar for live shows.

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

My lesson fees are 1$ per minute plus any mileage for on location lessons 0.15 cents per mile.  I give discounts for blocks of four.   

I usually give only 30 minute lesson traveling 30 miles, so for example it would be $30 + $5.50  or $35.50.   

What types of students have you worked with?

Young or old, experienced or new.  I love to experience them learning and see that "ahh ha"  moment when it all connects together.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I played at the St Paul Saints Game and several people stopped by and complimented my playing.  It was power trio night so I booked a bass player and a drummer that had never played together before.  We stepped up and the followed my lead ad I sang and played rhythm and  lead guitar.  Experienced professinal musicians both of them handled all of the music I threw at them and the people loved it.  That made me feel real good inside and to top it off we were paid for the performance.  Thatis one reason why I love to play, but the other is the pure joy I get from the perofrmance itself. 

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

Please be dedicated to your craft.

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

Three things are always important:

"Who am I?", "Where am I going?" and "How am I going to get there?".   Better translated as the following

Why do I want to do this? 

What do I want to accomplish? 

How am I going to accomplish it? 

If you really want to quizz yourself try the 5Y process:

Q:Why do I want to learn guitar?

A: hypothetical "Cos I saw this band and I want to play like that person did..."

Q: Why do you want to play like that guy?

A: "Because I really liked how everyone was getting into it."

Q: Why did you like that?

A:  "Well it was a could filled experience to see and be there and participate...  I felt really connected.."

Q: Why did you feel connected?

A:  "Cos the music was so moving it capture me..."

Q: Why was it so moving?

A:  "It moved me so much it made me feel good inside and I would like to feel good inside and share that with others."