My goal: is to help students learn to play, or improve their playing skills.
The Process: Over the years I have found ways that makes learning a more enjoyable experience. I adjust my teaching methods to the students learning preferences. Many teachers offer 1/2 hour lessons, but I have found that there is a need to provide more instructional time to make sure the student has a good grasp of the musical information. I like to spend an hour with each person but occasionally we go longer, depending on the lesson material.
Additional Services: I also do luthier work and always check a student's instrument to make sure it is as properly setup for the best playablity. I think it is important to learn about your instrument and how to do basic set-up work that will save the student money.
I also provide accompaniment so the students learn to feel the timing of a song and to able to jam in a group situation. Having the right fit is critical.
No Risk Evaluation: You have to have faith in your teacher and feel that he or she can help you achieve your musical goals. That is why I tell everyone that if you don't feel we are a good fit, your first lesson is free.
My Experience:I started with classical piano and music theory, then switched to guitar while in the 8th grade. I was fortunate to have a teachers that gave me the support to feel the guitar was an instrument I could learn. I played both six and twelve string guitars and have enjoyed several different types of music. Acoustic guitar has always been my favorite but I have also learned to play banjo, dobro, and some mandolin along the way.
I have taught students for more than 20 years, and have played in local and regional bands in various parts of the couuntry for over 25 years. Teaching is something I enjoy.It is an opportunity to help someone that wants to experience the sense of accomplishment that playing an instrument provides.
Everyone who learns to play an instrument gains a gift that will be with them the rest of their life. Playing and creating music is one of life's greatest rewards.
Bob is a very knowledgeable musician.
focusing on my favorite type of music
Establishing what the student already knows about playing, evealuating skill level and learning what are the student's musical goals.
I have played in regional bands in several states and playing numerous Bluegrass Festivals. I have also taught banjo workshops at some festivals. Years of teaching have given me a solid understanding about what and how to teach.
I charge $25.00 for an hour lesson for anyone over 14 years of age. Students 14 and under pay $15.00 per lesson.
I kept getting people ask me to teach them how to play. They were usually folks I met after a show at a festival or after a workshop.
I have worked with people from age 8 to 76.
The last CD our band BETWEEN THE LINES recorded and produced. I have also written liner notes for other CDs.
Make sure the teacher understands your goals and don't be afraid to ask questions. If the instructor does not demonstrate an interest in you, find someone else. It should not be about the money.
Make sure you can clearly define what you want to accomplish. Ask yourself how much time you can devote to practicing.