College Station Guitar Academy

College Station Guitar Academy


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At College Station Guitar Academy, you will find a superior guitar learning experience. I am dedicated to bringing you the fastest results, the most complete model of learning, and the most value I can provide to you.

I will help you isolate and crush any and all guitar-related frustrations you may have. I don't just teach songs - I teach you how to learn and play any song you want, how to write and record your own music. I spend a lot of time and money each year on improving my own teaching skills so that you, the student, can get the fastest results with the least amount of frustration possible. You will not receive cookie-cutter lessons out of some outdated method book. As my student, you will have access to the most modern teaching methods, in the most effective formats possible, which translates into you being able to play the way you want in much less time than with the average guitar teacher. 

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College Station, TX 77845
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first like to talk with a prospective student over the phone for a few minutes to get an idea of what they're seeking from lessons and schedule them for a 30-minute free introductory session. 

At the introductory session, I get to know the prospective student better, what their needs are, and explore how we can quickly get them playing the way they want. This process also provides an opportunity for the student to decide if I am the right teacher for them, and allows me to decide if the student is a good fit for my school.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

The disturbing fact is that >90% of all guitar teachers have no formal training on how to teach guitar. They may have high-level skills as a musician, but that in no way translates to being able to bring those same results to students. 

I spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars annually to keep my teaching skills at the highest level. I network with hundreds of the most successful guitar teachers in the world. I do these things so that I can bring my students the most effective lessons in the B/CS area. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I offer multiple lesson packages to better meet the needs of different types of students. Each package has it's own features, benefits, and tuition cost. It is impossible for me to quote a firm price until I've met with the student to assess their needs and determine which package will provide them the best value.

How did you get started teaching?

I started playing guitar in the late 1980's. Like many guitar players starting out, I was entirely self-taught. I suffered through many years of frustration because I was unable (on my own) to play at the high-level I desired. 

I tried lessons and quickly found out that a lot of teachers aren't very effective. I tried other things (books, videos) and still was not able to play like I wanted.

It wasn't until I found a great, great teacher that I ever became the guitar player I wanted to be. I decided then that I was going to become an effective guitar teacher myself to help other guitarists avoid the struggles and frustrations that I had experienced. 

I have built that experience for my students and work every day to make it even better.

What types of students have you worked with?

Everyone from absolute beginners to advanced players wanting to learn higher level techniques, such as sweep picking and Neo-classical shred. I will teach any student who has enthusiasum and a positive attitude, regardless of skill level. 

I do not teach jazz, funk, classical, fingerstyle, flamenco. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Every year in June I spend two weeks with the most successful guitar teachers in the world. Together, we explore new ideas, share successes (and failures), and collaborate on ways to provide an unparralleled learning experience for our students. Every year I come back with new ideas and use those to improve the results I get for my students. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

1) Do not shop on price alone. Guitar lessons are not a commodity like bread or milk. All guitar teachers are not the same. Teaching experience, education in how to teach, and the ability to get results far outweigh a few dollars per lesson. 

Now this does not mean that the most expensive teacher is always the best. However, the 'cheap' teachers are rarely good at getting their students results. 

2) Do not shop based on 'convenience'. Again, guitar teachers are vastly different in terms of getting results for their students. So just becase teacher A is closer, doesn't mean that person is the right teacher for you. Do not shop based on location. 

You may think it more 'convenient' to have a teacher come to your house. Any successful teacher with a decent number of students will not have time to come to your house. Those that teach in people's homes are generally not very successful. 

3) Be open-minded about teaching formats you may be unfamiliar with. Music education has evolved greatly in the past few years, yet many teachers still instruct their students using decades (or centuries) old teaching formats. 

4) Above all, if you truly desire to play guitar, or become a better guitar player, don't put it off. There's no requirement that you possess some mythical 'natural talent', or be genetically pre-disposed to being able to learn guitar. Anyone can learn to play guitar at any level they choose. If you doubt that, schedule a free introductory session with me and let me prove to you that I can get you playing guitar quickly. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

1) Avoid asking about price first. Obviously the investment you make into lessons is an important factor, but save that question for later. If you ask a skilled guitar teacher that question first, they can easily assume that you are not serious about learning. 

2) Ask the prospective teacher what styles they teach best BEFORE you tell them what style you want to learn. If they say they 'teach all styles well', be wary. This is rarely true.

3) Ask if they offer formats that encourage collaboration and learning opportunities with other students. Learning to work with and play with other musicians is a vital part of learning an instrument and something that most teachers simply don't do.

4) Ask the teacher how they will teach you. This is a bit of trick question. If they know nothing about you, your goals, your challenges, yet they try to tell you how they will teach you, that is the sign of a 'one size fits all' approach to teaching. This is not the best way to get results for you.

5) Ask how they will help you to maximize the effecitiveness of your practice time. Most teachers just say "Go home and practice". Yet there are extremely important strategies to get the most out of your practice time that most teachers simply don't know. 

6) Before you talk to a prospective teacher, it is important to know what you want out of lessons. Think about what you want to accomplish or what you struggle with. If you are a beginner, what would you ultimately like to do on guitar? If you already play guitar, what are the specific challenges you face in playing guitar the way you want? Being as specific and detailed as possible will better help the teacher know how to get you the fastest results possible.