Guitar In 5 Lessons

Guitar In 5 Lessons

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About

Music producer and performer Tom Foley has been teaching guitar for over 20 years. Learn how to play guitar in a simple and easy yet fun method created by Tom. Instead of learning theory on one string for a month and moving to the second string the next month; why not learn chords and songs right away. There are two types of students and this is the point that most other teachers don't get; one student wants to just learn how to play their favorite songs and the other type of student wants to learn everythng including intensive music theory. So the problem is that most other teachers are going to teach you that old method of learning on one string at a time until you are bored and quit. I teacher theor and how to read music as well but I teach people to play chords and play full songs right away. Positive reinforcement. It works.

I love seeing the expression on someone's face when they can do something special on an instrument. It's great to see a student's realize they're actually playing music including music THEY like. Seeing that smile on their face and knowing that you've taught and given someone a skill to play music. It's also great to see someone know that they can play a guitar and know that it will calm them down and feel better. Teaching music is one of the greatest things a person can do. I truly enjoy it.


Highlights

Hired 6 times
1 employee
25 years in business
Serves New Rochelle , NY
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Venmo, Paypal, Zelle, Bitcoin

Details

Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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    Marilyn W.

    Very flexible lessons as I am very busy and change my schedule often and my kids always have something going on but Tom was very easy to deal with. My son tried guitar lessons at this local music school and it was a very bad experience. But Tom came and was different, he made it fun and exciting and now my son loves playing guitar.
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    February 08, 2022

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    Jon R.

    His teaching style motivates me to work on my own. During the lessons he always takes time to work with me on not only his plan but what my interests are , while still covering all necessary skills and knowledge I need in order to progress with each lesson. He is open to questions, and makes sure that I am not lost or overwhelmed before moving on. I am writing this after my second lesson with Tom and I have been consistent with practicing daily even when I get home from working a full-time job. I am glad I found an instructor whose teaching style works for me
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    April 13, 2021
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    Jill F.

    Tom makes it really fun and easy and looking back on this all now, I think another teacher may have turned me off to guitar or made it too difficult and well, this was just so much fun. Im glad I picked Tom for lessons.
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    October 03, 2019

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    Angela

    Very good teacher and nice guy.
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    September 04, 2018

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    Frank

    Had such a good time learning with Tom. He made the whole thing so cool and easy. Id recommend him for anyone who wants to learn guitar.
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    August 31, 2018

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    Rachael M.

    Tom is very nice, easy to deal with, and accomodating regarding our schedule. It was amazing to see how fast our son played songs considering the previous teacher spent six months teaching him. Thank you Tom.
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    August 31, 2018

    Frequently asked questions

    I spend a few minutes figuring out what they know and teach according to their experience and level while making it easy and fun.

    I have been producing music for a long time (commercials, film, video, records, singles, etc..). I play seven instruments, write, engineer, produce and perform. I started piano at age four.

    I charge $50 for 40 minutes and teach very, very fast. With guitar, I usually can have people playing songs using full chords within a few lessons; sometimes on the first lesson. If wanted or needed, I also teach advanced guitar including theory. 

    Someone asked me to teach them piano when I was fifteen. That was the seed that was planted inside. I decided to teach guitar because bsaically... I enjoy it. It makes me happy to teach people a skill that puts a smile on their face. I have worked in finance, computers and technology and teaching music pretty much is the most enjoyable thing I do. Think about this one thing; do you want to take lessons from someone that loves what they do (me) or do you want to take lessons from someone that's been doing this for a long time but who is also very unhappy, bored and tired with what they do? I enjoy teaching and giving people a talent that not only helps them feel good and relax but is good for the brain (learning a new instrument). 

    All ages (from three years old to ninety) and all skill levels. 

    I wrote, performed and recorded an album and then produced a music video for two of the singles last year. It was hard work but people seem to enjoy the "end product" which makes me happy. In the past I created all the music that went with a series of children's books. The company made $14 million on that project.

    Make sure you are serious about learning. Make sure you have a guitar. And know a few simple things:

    1. People who charge $20 per hour are usually kids who say "Play this. Do what I'm doing." They never explain how things work or why but teach poor error filled versions of songs.

    2. Many other teachers will teach you using an old method which makes you learn theory on one string at a time. After 6 months the student can play melodies on 2-3 strings but still never learns to play full chords.  I get many referrals from these students because they get bored and quit.

    3. You need to practice at least 10-15 minutes a day; 30-40 is best but 10-15 will do. If you can't do at least 10 minutes a day, don't think you will ever be any good at guitar or piano  (or anything for that matter). Ten minutes isn't asking for much so ask yourself if you have the time.

    4. Contact me for advice on getting your first guitar. I love to help.

    See my comments in the last section. Thanks


    Services offered

    Guitar