My teaching approach:I have been teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele for 20 years here in the Triad area of North Carolina. I cater each lesson to the students unique needs. From the casual hobbyist, to the player pursuing a lifelong career, I can help you find your way. I use tab and standard notation depending on the styles being taught. Every beginner learns the same thing, but as soon as those basics are out of the way, your musical loves and likes are used to further your education. I base lessons on what you want to learn along with the necessary fundamentals to keep you learning for a lifetime. My influences are:I am influenced by many players. Here is the short list. Trey Anastasio, Randy Rhodes, Tommy Emmanuel, Guthrie Govan, Merle Travis, Mississippi John Hurt, Dimebag Darrel, Eddie Van Halen, Doc Watson, Jeff Healey, Kirk Hammet, Joe Satriani, John Frusciante, Brad Nowell, Jake Shimabukoro, Victor Wooten, James Jamerson, Flea, Jimi Hendrix, and Alex Lifeson.My guitar lessons take place in:The teacher's studioGuitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours:I teach Monday through Saturday. During the week my lessons start between 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. and run as late as 7:00 p.m. On Saturdays I start at noon and run lessons until around 4:00 p.m. Lessons are 1/2 hour private lesson each week. Times are recurring and stay the same on a week to week basis.Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following:A new student will be shown how to read chord boxes, strumming patterns, and tablature in the first lesson. I also give a basic chord song, and a basic tab song so they are rewarded right away by playing music on their first day. A student that has already had previous experience will be asked what their goals are, what they feel their weaknesses are, and then I ask them to play a few passages of their favorite pieces so I can asses their skill level.A guitar lesson with me might entail the following:Each lesson is unique based on the individual needs of the student. First time students are showed the fundamentals of reading and following the music we will be using for your education. Intermediate and advanced students are asked where they are coming from, and what they most want to achieve. Lessons are then formed to the needs of each new student. Everyone learns differently, and I feel it is important for the teacher to be aware of these variations and treat each student with the method best suited for their advancement. Most important is having fun with your instrument.The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following:My ideal student is here because they desire to play music, and have fun. The student will love music, and have a desire to commit time each day to further their abilities. I enjoy an involved student that asks lots of questions, and pushes forward at every possible turn. They will have an open mind to new forms of music, and always seek to improve their ability. Most importantly they will work hard to achieve the goals we set together, and develop a lifelong love of music in the process.
Guitar Techniques:Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Guidance In Equipment Selection