In this course, you are the star! Having performed live for 15 years (and counting), I specialize in providing students with the right tools for them to be able to start playing in an intuitive way. Focusing mainly on practical goals, you can learn quickly and in a motivated way. No one is saying starting something new is easy, but it does get easy if you practice! If what you are looking for is a standard, classically-oriented education, look somewhere else! I'm here to teach you how to start playing songs from week one. If singing is something that interests you, I can also work with you to help you achieve playing and singing at the same time (focusing on hand-mouth coordination, rather than a singing lesson per se, although I can do singing lessons separately).
Guitar and bass lessons for singer-songwriters (country, folk, pop, rock 'n roll, punk and more)
Check out my facebook page: Mercedes Escobar
Youtube sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOHV8K1WDJY&index=8&list=PLJO09QksqOTrQVk5RwoJC1fr8ntW6LEq3
My artist website is: www.mercedesescobar.com
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me a message. No strings attached!
I love passing on knowledge I wish I'd had when I first started playing. Seeing a student play a whole song for the first time is always a highly rewarding experience for me, probably as much as it is for them! There's a real sense of accomplishment to it, which only comes from hard work and practice!
Excelente! Muy buenas clases online!!!
At first I was a bit hesitant of taking online lessons, because I thought in person would be better. I've always been a fan of Mercedes' playing, so I decided to give it a try. I was amazed at how attentive she was, and even if it wasn't face-to-face, it certainly felt that way! We are working on guitar lessons. If I had more time, I'd take the bass lessons too! Highly recommended!!!
Mercedes Escobar is a talented, patient, thoughtful and engaging teacher who also happens to be a thoroughly ass-kicking, accomplished musician. She'll teach you what you need to know, no matter your proficiency level and, when you're ready, she can help you put it all together into a coherent, show-ready whole. Five stars. Five guitars. Five dive bars. Five pickle jars. Five stolen cars. Whatever measurement you're using, she's got five of 'em.
Within weeks I was playing AND SINGING my favorite song Tom Dooley! I can't recommend Mercedes enough as a guitar teacher. She's assertive and did a great job at keeping me motivated when my fingers hurt in the beginning. She's inspired me to be more active in following my dreams. 10/10.
For guitar/bass lessons, read section 1)
For Spanish lessons (accent reduction and/or Guatemalan dialect lessons) read section 2)
I start by asking questions:
a) What music genre(s) are you interested in learning?
b) What musician(s) do you admire?
c) Is this your first time playing an instrument?
d) What is your ultimate dream when it comes to playing guitar/bass?
There are no wrong answers! All of these questions just help me personalize your lessons.
Step 2: Begin working together to accomplish our goals!
2) I ask a few questions so I can personalize the lessons. Common questions would be:
- What subject are you most interested in learning?
- Are you learning for business or for pleasure?
Then I'd ask you to read a piece out loud, so I can hear how your heavy/light your accent might be.
Then we get started!
I originally taught languages (English, Spanish), but eventually, after my shows people started asking me if I taught lessons, so I thought it could be fun, and it is! I love passing on the knowledge I have aquired throughout the years.
I've worked with beginners who have never held a guitar before and also with intermediate students who want to improve their playing.
Pratice, practice, practice... get inspired... then practice some more! There are no shortcuts...
Do I have time to practice?