My biggest belief when it comes to learning guitar is to be musical when you pickup the instrument. This may be obvious, but for many when learning an instrument it doesn’t always feel this way. This is where a good instructor comes into play. I’ve never met anyone who has come to me and said they didn’t want to be musical. Even if you are a beginner you can be musical right away. You just need to be playing the right things. Maybe you’re at the intermediate stage and you still feel like you’re not musical. You don’t know how to turn those scales into something interesting. Maybe you still struggle with playing along with your favorite songs. Maybe that strumming hand can’t keep in time. Yes, practicing scales and exercises are important, but if all you’re doing is running scales up and down the neck you will never be musical with them no matter how much you practice.
I’ve taught thousands of lessons in my over fifteen years of teaching and have honed my skills to help out anyone at any level. As with anything in life, what you put into something, is what you get out of it. That is no different when learning an instrument. The most important factor in succeeding is correct consistent practice. When you trust what you’re doing at home is right you will be more confident in your ability to succeed. This is where lessons come into play!
When you take lessons with me you are getting my many years in the the music business. I’ve played in many bands and gigged regularly throughout the years. Along with lessons I am able to help the student out with songwriting, recording, studio prep, gig prep, and much more.
Each student is assigned a weekly time slot. During the first lesson we will discuss your goals and the style of music you want to focus on. How you progress is up to you. Everyone’s goals and life is different. This is something I take into account with all students. With that it is important for the student to keep good communication with me in regards to how lessons are going for them. The main thing is you have to practice throughout the week if things are going to move forward. If you have more time that will happen faster. If not, that is ok! You move at your own pace.
You will be setup with a dropbox folder where I upload pdf’s and videos. At the end of each lesson I will make a quick video summarizing what we went over and demonstrating what needs to be so the student does not forget what to work on and how something was played. The video is then uploaded directly to their dropbox folder. This has been a great addition to lessons and my students have told me how much they appreciate the videos. You are welcome to use your phone to video lessons. The folder keeps us organized!