My service stands out because I have successfully taught people who previously failed with other teachers. For example, my plumber came to fix a leak while I was finishing up a lesson. I asked him if he ever thought of playing guitar. He said he actually took guitar lessons from two teachers but he failed. He quit and he decided guitar wasn't a thing he could do. So I said take some lessons with me. I'll give you a free lesson right now. He took the lesson and he came back for many more and he got really good. He could play many complicated songs and solos too. So the teacher really does make a big difference.
The reason I love to teach guitar is that I get to do 2 of my favorite things all day: play guitar and teach. I have always loved teaching. I used to teach math and finance in company training programs when I did white collar work. I taught many people how to swim. I taught my brother to play guitar when I was 16 and he was 13. I taught my daughter how to add and subtract and read and write at 4, and I taught the the 12 X 12 table when she was 5, before she entered kindergarten. So I always love to teach, and what could be more fun than teaching guitar?
My name is John D and I am 49yrs old. My profession has me working in a demanding field. I can't tell you how much I look forward to my Monday night lesson timeslot with Howie Green. He and I both like hard rock and heavy metal. I have been with Howie just over one year now. I had no prior experience on the guitar. Howie has me playing songs I never dreamed about playing. At least not this soon. (And I am no special talent I assure you.) Crazy Train, Aint Talkin Bout Love, Nothing Else Matters by Metallica. I can play several Iron Maiden songs, some Black Sabbath and even some Beatles tunes. I'm learning some theory as well along the way. It is just a pleasure. Howie has removed much of the fear and intimidation I always had of the guitar. He has pulled back some of the curtain so to speak. Howie is positive and encouraging and always patient - yet challenging. He knows how to progress me from one proficiency to the next seamlessly. We play actual songs - or parts of songs that I can - and have fun. I always leave Howie somewhat surprised at what I can play after each lesson. It does take practice. There is no escaping practice. But Howie Green has me on my way. Good luck with whom ever you decide to take guitar lessons from. Just do it! You'll be amazed that in short order you can play.
I’ve had the pleasure of being one of Howie’s students for over five years now. I have spent my entire life watching my friends play guitar and decided it was time to join in on the fun. I was referred to Howie immediately after purchasing my first guitar. I was beyond impressed with Howie’s skills and repertoire of songs. Not only does Howie know how to play all of my favorite songs from start to finish with all the solos, he is excellent at teaching and explaining them. After playing for five years under the instruction of Howie, I can proudly say that I am beyond proud of my accomplishments in learning guitar. Howie has taught me chords, scales, rhythms, finger picking, music theory, and how to play actual songs. I strongly recommend Howie as a teacher for both beginners and advanced players. He is easy to work with and knows how to break things down. Howie’s years of experience of playing and teaching were evident on day one. If you are looking to learn how to play the guitar and live in the area, Howie is your guy.
When I have a new student who is a beginner, I give the beginner lesson. I teach them how to form a few chords and then teach them a song using those chords. If they have played before, I quickly assess the level they are at and use their prior experience as a starting point on which to build upon and expand. For example, if they already know chords and rhythyms and songs, I would teach them scales and improvising, and then specific solos.
I studied classical piano at ages 7 and 8. I played trombone in the school orchestra and marching band from 9 -12. I have been playing guitar since I was 12 and played in rock bands from 12 1/2 to the present. Regarding education, I have an MBA in finance from Fordham University.