I have a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance and am a professional, full-time guitarist and have played for Collin Raye, Jamie O'Neal and Alex Boyé. I teach my students how to eventually become self-sufficient as musicians. I teach them how to read music for the guitar, chords, how to play their favorite songs and more. Then, when the student is ready, we advance to other things like advanced chords, theory, songwriting and composition (if interested) scales and modes, soloing, improvisation, advanced techniques and more. The sky is the limit.
Mike is really nice and also very patient. He clearly explains why he has you do certain things so that it makes sense. The lessons are for my 10 year old niece and she has never played guitar before and she's really enjoying it and doing really well. Mike also gives her a lot of praise and I think that helps a lot!
1. Teach them how to tune their guitar
2. Teach the basic first position chords
3. Teach them a basic first song
4. Teach them how to read music for the guitar
5. Teach a hadful of easier songs to start, then more advanced
6. Teach theory and more complex chords
7. Learn Scales and modes and Basic Soloing and Improvisation
8. Learn songwriting and composing if the student is interested
9. Learn advanced songs and advanced soloing, composing, improv.
10. Focus on playing at a professional level
BMU Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance (University of Utah School of Music)
BS in Mass Communication (University of Utah)
30 Years of professional performing experience and studio work.
$150/mo for for 45-Minute Lessons (Ages 12 and up)
$100/mo for four 30-minute Lessons (under age 12 only)
$200/mo for four 1-hour lessons (usually reserved for groups of no more than 2 people)
$100/mo for two 1-hour lessons (great for the busy person, or advanced student)
The Owner of Day Murray Music approached me after one of my concerts and asked me to teach at his store.
I have worked with all types of students. Beginning to Advanced, hobbiests to professional players. All ages 8 and up.
I had the opportunity to fill in on Lead Guitar for Country Legend, Collin Raye on a leg of his tour.
Look for a teacher who won't just show off or "jam" your entire lesson. Look for a teacher with either a music education, or so much experience that it is as if he/she has a music education. Look for a teacher who will teach you how to become a good musician, not just be someone who can play songs on the guitar. There is a huge difference. Look for someone who will teach you all of things that I listed above, especially learning how to read music for the guitar. It is probably one of the most important things you could do to become self-sufficient as a musician.
They should ask themselves what their goals are. Do they want to just learn how to play a few songs, or do they actually want to learn about their instrument and how to play it and develope into a good musician.
They should consider if they will be able to make time to practice.
They should consider whether they are willing to properly keep their instrument maintained.