My teaching approach: I have been a career guitar teacher since 1991. I taught for many years in Northern Virginia area giving 70 - 80 private lessons a week. In the Charlotte area, I ran my own private studio called Guitar Training Station for 3 years and recently wrapped up 6 years as master instructor at Charlotte Academy Of Music. Currently, I am organizing a guitar training program called \\\"The Stuff Of Legends\\\" which is centered on Progressive Rock and Metal virtuoso style playing reflected in many of the prominent world class guitar instrumentalists out there and reflects my own style as a recording artist. My influences are: John Petrucci, David Gilmour, Alex Lifeson, Criss Oliva, Michael Schenker, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, George Lynch, Paul Gilbert, Randy Rhodes, Steve Lukather, Gary Moore, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Morse, Uli Jon Roth, Joe Satriani. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: Monday and Tuesday are my current teaching days are conducted during the afternoon and evenings from 3PM to PM. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, 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: The first lesson is primarily an evaluation of the student. During this time I will ask questions and gather information that will be pertinent in developing a lesson plan for that student. We will determine how the guitar will fit into his or her life based on other activities that are a part of their routine, what previous musical experience do they already have, left or right handed, favorite style of music, favorite bands or artists, estimated duration that they plan to take lessons for. Then, based on the info I gather, I teach them something that will send them home feeling motivated. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Each style of music has it\\\'s own set of building blocks. Some styles such as Rock, Metal and Blues will share some of the same blocks. With the goal of thoroughly equipping the student with the knowledge and skills inherent to the style they want to learn, I implement a variety of teaching and training techniques over a block of lessons that will keep them motivated and moving forward without overwhelming them with too much information. I make sure they really get what they\\\'ve learned and are able to apply and integrate it before introducing a new assignment. My approach is very non linear. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: My ideal guitar student is the one who shows up with big dreams and a big musical agenda to fulfill, but who will trust in the process that I\\\'m about to take them through as I guide them towards the level of playing they desire to reach. This student shows up prepared each week, rarely misses a session and is passionate about the prospect of becoming a great guitarist. This is the student that is determined to master the guitar with or without lessons. This type of student exemplifies the name of my primary guitar training program that I call \\\"The Stuff Of Legends\\\".
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I take each student on a case by case basis and find whats going to work for them. I find what's going to keep them motivated and put together a lesson plan. For example, if you walk in for that first lesson with a 7 string guitar, I will be happy to teach you to play that 7 string guitar starting from square one.
Career guitar teacher for over 25 years.
My standard lesson time is 45 minutes and I charge $30. I book each lesson on the hour and leave a 15 minutes gap between students rather than back to back lessons. That leaves adequate transition time between lessons and a little buffer time in case a little more time is needed for the student to leave feeling good and confident about what they learned.
I also teach at Charlotte Academy Of Music in Matthews where they implement their own rates and policy.
My first teaching job was at Picker’s Supply in Fredericksburg, VA. They also ran a concert hall in the upstairs where by band used to play. One day the owner called me and said he was in in need of a guitar teacher and would I be interested. That was in 1991 and the rest is history.
Last June, Chicago Rewired, the band I play for performed a concert in Dallas Texas at the Dallas Arboretum. When they say everything is bigger in Texas, they weren’t kidding. We had over 4000 in attendance and I was practically mobbed by fans on the way to my dressing room. I distinctly remembered thinking, “this is exactly what I saw in my minds eye the first day I picked up the guitar.