In general, lessons will be geared toward reaching goals set by YOU. Starting at your first lesson, we will talk about what you want to accomplish; maybe you want to reach a higher level technically, improve your improvisation skills, understand music theory, or become a better songwriter/composer... Whatever it may be, we'll work on getting there together.
During the process of reaching your goals, we will also work on you're fundamental knowledge of the guitar and music in general. This will include working on your overall technique, scale studies, chord studies, ear training, reading and writing music, etc.
Ideally, we will be able to combine these studies with your individual goals; for instance, maybe while learning a solo we will study the scales involved in its composition, or learn how to transcribe it (write it down). There are endless possibilities of how your lessons could unfold and I look forward to creatively exploring them with you.
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Teaching Style and Philosophy
My lessons are generally relaxed and friendly. I believe the best motivation is the reward of enjoying yourself and being proud of your accomplishments. The only time you'll see me annoyed is if I think a student is not trying.
The learning process is unquestionably different with every individual, that's why all my lessons are crafted to fit the personal needs of the student.
This is voluntary one on one learning, it’s not like regular schooling. I believe institutional style learning is fundamentally flawed (not worthless, but flawed indeed)... This is why I choose to teach privately (rather than at a college or any other institution). I don't believe in "cramming"! - I want you to understand things and not to just memorize, so please don't be afraid to ask questions, and remember it's ok to be confused.
Music is very hard, it takes a lot of patience and practice -you should be cautious of the teachers and schools that tell you otherwise. But it can, and should be, fun and rewarding. What's most important to me is that you enjoy yourself and continue to grow musically.