My teaching approach: i've had many years of private teaching experience including teaching at the college level. some of my former students have gone on to major in music and are now professional musicians themselves. i like to find out what my students' goals are from day one and help them achieve them in an enjoyable way. no two students are alike and i believe in custom-tailoring my lessons to each students' needs.
My influences are: jim hall, pat metheny, john scofield, john abercrombie, bill frisell, kurt rosenwinkel, wes montgomery, wayne shorter, john coltrane, joe henderson, bill evans, keith jarrett, chick corea, thelonious monk, steely dan, the beatles, radiohead, everything everything, elliott smith, led zeppelin, the police, joni mitchell, james brown, squarepusher, a tribe called quest, stevie ray vaughan, miles davis, meshuggah, aaron copland, bela bartok, igor stravinsky, witold lutoslawski, albert king, beck, bjork, earth wind & fire, prince
My guitar lessons take place in: the student's home
Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: monday through thursday, 3pm-9pm
Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerstyle, Performance, Improvisation, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Guidance In Equipment Selection
Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: i always ask what kinds of music my new students like and what their goals are. i also usually have them play something for me. if it's a more advanced student, we may play together and i will assess where to go from there
A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: every student is different and i don't have a set routine that each student follows. some students are interested in jazz or rock improvisation, some students are interested in learning songs and guitar solos, and other students are more interested in learning music theory and how to apply it musically
The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: someone who has an open mind, willing to listen to new kinds of music, and someone who invests quality time into regular practice sessions
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i have a bachelor of music degree in music education
i have worked with students of all ages (from 8 to 60), all skill levels (beginner to advanced), and students who are interested in playing many different styles of music (jazz, fusion, progressive rock, heavy metal, funk/r&b, top 40, acoustic, etc...)
i would definitely spend the time "shopping around" for a great teacher who has all of the qualities that you value in a teacher. music lessons are a pretty major investment in time and money and you should be very selective about who you chose as your instructor.
1. do i have enough time to practice at least a few days each week?
2. do i have enough time and have the financial means to afford 1 lesson (30-60 minutes) per week?
3. what exactly do i want to learn and accomplish by taking music lessons?