Americana Music Academy instructor
Jacob Bigus is a singer-songwriter and electric guitarist based in Lawrence, KS. His love of music began at an early age learning to sing prayers with his family at Synagogue. He played clarinet in the various school bands during his years in middle and high school in Paola, KS, moving into the guitar at age 11. Jacob holds a degree in Jazz Guitar from the Conservatory of Music at UMKC, studying under Bobby Watson and Rod Fleeman. Jacob teaches from a curriculum he designed under the instruction of classical virtuoso, Doug Neidt . A versatile musician himself, he teaches and plays classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, reggae, folk, pop, blues and rock styles of guitar. Jacob's lessons are available for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of acoustic and electric guitar, focusing on chord rhythm, scales, improvisation, feelings of the heart, music theory, ear training, and songwriting. Jacob is famous in the Lawrence School District as the substitute teacher with that "Unicorn Song." More information on Jacob (and the Unicorn Song) can be found at www.jacob-be.com Lessons will be tailored to each student with a blend of music theory, technique, performance practice, and composition/arranging. Students are expected to come to lessons prepared with all of their materials: guitar, music, picks, tuner, notebook, pencil. Students are to practice skills outside of lessons in order to demonstrate in lessons, ie: scales, chords, songs, techniques, compositions/arrangements.
I have been taking lessons from Jacob for just over a year. When I started I was a 59 year old guy who had never played guitar. I knew zip, nada, zilch. Now I am a 60 year old guy who can play guitar, around the house, with my grandkids, at family gatherings and to impress my Mom when I visit her. The key to my success with Jacob was simply trying to do the things he told me to do. He provided me with the tools I needed to be able to enjoy playing the guitar. I found him patient, tolerant of my limitations and fun. He has a tremendous amount to offer and would be cheap at twice the price.
I highly recommend Jacob for guitar instruction. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the guitar and music theory. He is a patient and supportive teacher. And he is a genuinely good dude. On my first lesson, he taught me an exercise that immediately improved my technique. I can't say enough good things about Jacob as a guitar instructor. Get signed up for lessons.
Lessons start with a conversation to gage school level and interests. A direction is soon decided upon, and exercises are taught accordingly with favorite songs used as tools to build skill and confidence.
Guitar Lessons Accompaniment Lessons Acoustic Guitar Lessons Arrangement And Composition Lessons Bass Guitar Lessons Bluegrass Guitar Lessons Blues Guitar Lessons Classical Guitar Lessons Country Guitar Lessons Ear Training Lessons Electric Guitar Lessons Music Performance Lessons Music Theory Lessons Songwriting Classes