“I work with each student to help them realize their musical desires”

Beginner Lessons

  • Open chords in 1st position
  • Simple songs, starting with a 10-song list the student creates
  • How to read music from a method book (not required)
  • Proper pick technique
  • Guitar maintenance and tuning
  • Core repertoire (instructor’s choice)

Intermediate Lessons

  • Basic theory
  • Fingerpicking, flatpicking, and bar chords
  • Vibrato, hammers, and pulls
  • Basic scales, such as pentatonic blues scales
  • How to use chords for fills and leads
  • Develop a more extensive repertoire

Advanced Lessons

  • Scales and modes for improvising
  • Songs with complex rhythms, syncopation, and world beat influence
  • Advanced finger and flat picking styles
  • Creating and memorizing arrangements
  • Memorizing “number system” to work with professional musicians
  • Executing a solo
  • Advanced method books for scales and techniques

Lessons Incorporate

  • Voice and guitar coordination
  • Custom music transcriptions
  • Music arranging
  • Rhythm training
  • Music theory
  • Guitar solo training

My Approach

Lessons are student-centered and hands-on. I play and sing with students from the first day so they develop rhythm and confidence. I value building a repertoire of songs that can be performed with competence, even if the songs are simple. Each lesson is essentially a performance for a two-person band—the student and myself!

The more I teach, the more I learn about breaking music down and putting it back together again. I help students master the individual elements of guitar, and then bring those elements together with the right feel and attitude.

I often hear people say they always wanted to play guitar, but they think it’s too late. It’s never too late! I have worked with students from age 8 to 80. Whether strumming chords for the Beatles’ Love Me Do, playing a dazzling Eric Clapton solo, or learning Taylor Swift’s latest hit, playing music gives us the feeling of poise, mastery, and satisfaction—at any age.
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