The Guitar Farmer

The Guitar Farmer

5.0 (1)
4 hires on
38 years in business

About this pro

Have you ever heard the expression "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day, but
TEACH a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime."?
Unfortunately, too many guitar "teachers" only give you a song to learn, or ask you "What do you want to do today" -- they are just "giving you a fish"; keeping you coming back so you don't "starve".


I have a proven, professional method and curriculum which works no matter what level you're at. Most people I teach have played for a while and their old teacher never quite got them the info they need. Others have tried to teach themselves and found out how unproductive that is, or have never taken lessons at all. If you can relate to any of these players, let me help you.

We'll cover everything from basic, correct hand positions and picking techniques, to simple chords all the way up to extended "jazz" type chords--and HOW and WHERE to use them practically and easily. We'll talk about basic scales, and cover them all--Pentatonics, Diatonics, Modes, Advanced Exotic Modes, Hybrid scales. We'll cover songwriting, song analyzing and a host of other cool, practical, immediately usable theory and exercises.

A lot of so-called "guitar teachers" aren't really "teachers" per se, but are really just guitar players trying to make a buck on the side by showing people how to play the songs that they may know. Teaching is not the same as playing--it requires an ability to put abstract concepts into words and metaphors and the ability to "package" that information in as many different ways necessary for the student to grasp it--because every student is individual and unique. Over the years I've taught people with autism and even dyslexia, where I've had to write every diagram in mirror style. I've been a guitarist for 35+ years, and have had a long and successful career. I grew up in the 80s learning and playing all the great songs and guitar solos, and have been teaching and bringing Music to peoples' lives for over 30 years. My method simply WORKS.

I've seen Music literally transform people. I've seen introverted, insecure people find confidence and a way to express themselves through the learning of the guitar and Music. I've seen people transformed, and haunted grandfathers find a new endeavor that restores their smile in a creative pursuit that yields tangible results and restores their joy in life. I LOVE to see people learn, to unleash their creativity and to transform into musicians who have the ability to take their craft to whatever level they truly desire. As the architect of that ability and dream, it's my honor and joy to have touched so many lives in such a beautiful and beneficial way.

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Charlotte, NC 28215
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  • Mary Aileen Clark

    I am amazed at how easy it is to learn from Karl. He makes guitar fun. Great teacher and great value. I highly recommend for adults or children.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first thing we'll do is to talk about something which most teachers ignore--proper hand positions and techniques regarding picking and fretting. This is VITAL because the habits you develop and perfect early in your instruction will definitely impact your ability to play increasingly more complex music later on.

We'll start with simple chords and progress to learning all the way up to extended "jazz" type chords--and more importantly, talk about HOW and WHERE to use them by examining music theory in a manner that you will find very practical and easy to grasp. We'll talk about basic scales, and cover them all--Pentatonics, Diatonics, Modes, Advanced Exotic Modes, Hybrid scales. I'll show you how to use not just one, but possibly several at your choice in writing/composing a great solo. We'll study famous songs and guitarists to understand and copy their styles and techniques. We'll cover songwriting, song analyzing and a host of other cool, practical, immediately usable theory and exercises. Reading Music is not necessary to take my course, and I don't usually address it unless a student specifically wants to learn it. I learned how to read, and can teach it, but I consider it largely unnecessary to actually become a competent guitarist.

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

35+ years of guitar playing, recording, and performing on a semi-professional level; 30+ years of teaching.

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

My lessons have been at $40/hour for several years now with no price increases, and none anticipated. An hour is the optimal time length; it's too hard to get anything productive accomplished in less than that.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching to make a little extra money and to meet other musicians; however, over the years as I saw how Music transformed peoples' lives in sometimes unexpected ways, I now teach mostly for the thrill of helping people to learn this beautiful and creative hobby.

What types of students have you worked with?

Anyone can learn to play guitar! It doesn't matter if you're old, autistic, dyslexic, male, female, transgendered or handicapped--all types. One of my students was dyslexic and I was very frustrated in his seeming inability to play anything which I wrote down. He was afraid to tell me that he had a dyslexia until I asked him if he had some trouble interpeting the diagrams. After he admitted his condition, I tried writing the diagrams in mirror fashion, i.e., "backwards". As soon as I did this, he grasped them immediately and went on to become a talented player and an excellent songwriter who has composed songs for major management industries and their artists in in Los Angelos.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

lol, my wife made a great tray of lasagna the other night!

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

Hire ME! haha. No seriously, though I can't make you choose me, I can ask you to give me a chance, expecially if you've already tried or had a few teachers who didn't quite "fit" with you. I guarantee you that in the first 10 minutes you will see the difference and recognize the potential of what I can do for your progress that other teachers can't. Yes, it's a powerful boast--but I can live up to it.

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

A student should obviously consider what goals they set for themselves, and should be able to articulate those goals to the teacher. They should be able to expect and recieve an accurate and honest answer as to HOW and HOW LONG it will take the student to reach those goals from the teacher. Students also have to realize that although a good teacher can show you what to play and why, a teacher can NOT make a student practice. Consistent and dedicated practice is necessary to progress, and a student should ask themselves if they have the time to dedicate to practicing for at least 45m-60m a day.

More than that though, when you have a chance to "audition" a teacher for a lesson or two, ask yourself if the teacher is just "showing" you little snippets of things to play, or is he teaching you HOW to play and to understand Music? Too many guys who play think that they can "teach"---it's not the same thing at all.
If a teacher EVER asks you "So what do you want to do today", that should be a clear sign that you're wasting your money.
If a teacher doesn't address HOW you are playing--the way you hold your pick, the position of your hands, proper finger placement, best and most efficient ways of fretting chords and scales--then he has almost guaranteed that your playing will, at some point, "hit a wall" due to your bad techincal habits. I address ALL of this.

Lastly--and this is mostly for parents and younger students--if a teacher ever requires you to buy some "Guitar Method" book and just simply plops it on the stand in front of you and says "Ok, play page three..", well, they're wasting your money (unless you specifically asked to learn to read music). That's just an excuse to "fill time" and take your money without having a clear vision as to how to best proceed with a course that teaches practical learning and understanding.