Hi, My name is Stephen Cook. I am a 57 year old guitarist and guitar instructor with over 47 years playing and instructing experience. I learned to play by watching other guitarists, listening to record albums, and studying guitar instruction books. I love to teach all age students. I teach all the guitar basics including: how to hold the guitar, tuning, the finger numbers, string numbers and names, the fret board, open chords, barre chords, and more. I not only teach the lesson, but also provide printed lesson material for the student to take home and practice on in between lessons. I am also a singer, songwriter, and recording artist. I have been singing for nearly as many years as I have been playing. I teach how to properly breath and to hold the music note from one song phrase to the next. I have written many songs and know how to teach up and coming songwriters how to make their make have "rhyme" and "rhythm" and add good "hooks", ie, messages in their songs, as well as join their words with their music to make a complete song. I can even teach them the 'ropes" of copyrighting, recording, and marketing their music. I love music, singing, the guitar, and all that I teach. I believe with all my heart that I can pass on to my students the knowledge of the instrument or subject I am teaching and help them reach their musical goals.