1 on 1 Lessons
For the last several years, I've had the great opportunity to offer guitar lessons to students all over the globe. Using video calls (Skype/Facetime) I've been able to connect with many students of diverse backgrounds, both musically and culturally. I find great joy in being able to share my knowledge with others, and I'm happy to continue offering guitar lessons over Skype for as long as I have time.
My goal as an educator, is to equip each and every student with all the tools necessary for their personal, and complete, musical expression.
I feel it is important that we become proficient at combining the body and brain. This pursuit can further our range of self expression, as well as allowing safe and consistent playing for years to come. We will examine one's individual needs, and strive to build an approach that allows you to overcome obstacles in the future. Various techniques I have experience teaching include: alternate picking, sweep/economy styles of picking, hybrid/finger picking, ‘swybrid’ style, legato, string skipping, tapping, vibrato, muting etc.
Music theory is a subject that some love, and some love to hate. I believe it is very important to cultivate a curiosity of all of the components and resources available to us in music. Music theory is descriptive, so to describe any sound is store them, be able to use them later.
Music is a form of language, and to be able to write well in a certain language, requires an internalization of the mechanics and vocabulary. It's my aim to teach students the elements of music, in a musical and applicable way. Some topics covered include: Scales, Modes, Harmony, Intervals, Ear Training, Rhythm - and for guitar, various scale systems (1,2,3,4 note per string scales), the CAGED system, notes of the fretboard, voicing, visualization, will be covered.
To me, improvisation and composition are two sides of the same coin, with the sole difference that improvisation is done in real time. Achieving an optimal result requires a developed musical ecosystem, that seamlessly combines musicality, creativity, technique, and knowledge.
As someone who makes their own music, I do believe it is important to use creativity as often as possible. It's my hope that with lessons, you find an easier time creating the music you hear in your head.
Rates & Disclaimer
As mentioned previously, I teach via Skype. I offer a one hour lesson block for $60, or a block of four one hour lessons for $200 paid via paypal. As all lessons are booked slots of time, a 24 hour notice is required for any reschedule/cancellation. If you have any questions about lessons, or topics not listed, please feel free to contact me. Use the contact form below to reach me, and to schedule a lesson. Thanks so much!
Policy: All lessons (including ones booked monthly) are a booked time slot. Rescheduling or cancellations are allowed, but *only if 12 or more hours prior to the lesson*. All lessons must be paid for 24 hours prior to your scheduled lesson.