This is a sampling of ideas at the very beginning level. A lesson is so interactive that a video like this just gives you a rough idea of a few concepts. Lessons are extremely hands on.
Here is a sampling of ideas learned in the intermediate level. (Notice funny facial expressions in the beginning of the video). During lessons I don’t really lecture like this, but mostly deliver direct feedback and try to get you to get the concepts in your hands right then and there. A lesson is so interactive that it can’t be replicated in a video like this.
I believe that a guitar instructor should be patient, accepting and non-judgmental. Learning guitar should be fun.
I’ve been playing guitar for 13 years. The style of guitar that I am most familiar playing and teaching is classic rock, modern alternative rock, and pop music. By pop music, I mean any popular music you hear on the radio. Jimi Hendrix, Green Day, and Avril Lavigne all fall into this category. I also play quite a bit of blues, and jazz influenced music. My approach is to teach you whatever songs or style of guitar that you want to learn.
At your first lesson I will ask you about your musical interests. This can include various genres, bands, or styles of playing that you enjoy and want to learn. I will then ask you about your musical goals, and where you want to go with the guitar. This can be anything from playing songs for friends, just your own personal enjoyment, or even making music a career.
I will then plan lessons for you that help you reach those goals and explore your musical interests.
I teach full hour lessons because this allows enough time to warm-up, review previous material, and learn new material.
My belief is that one-on-one instruction is the best way to learn to play guitar. The learning process speeds up when someone is right there to give the student direct feedback, and to help guide them through a sea of information. I remember sitting in the back of lecture halls at UC Berkeley packed with 400+ people thinking to myself “is this really the best way to learn?”.
Most importantly, I teach students how to practice correctly, so that they don’t waste their time developing bad habits. This is huge.
I balance knowledge with skill. Knowledge is in your head, and skill is in your hands. Knowing the notes that make up a G chord, and how a G chord sounds, are both pieces of knowledge. Being able to strum and play a G chord is a physical skill you can execute. By combining your “head and your hands” so-to-speak, you develop well rounded ability on the guitar.
I think the thing that qualifies me most as a guitar teacher is all the things I’ve struggled to learn. I understand what it feels like to be frustrated, and not everything has come easy to me.
You can expect me to give you my full attention during lessons. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had teachers make unnecessary phone calls during my lesson time. In my view, that’s not acceptable at all.
To put it plainly, playing the guitar is awesome and it would be my pleasure to help you get the results you want in your playing and in your music.