Teaching Method

I believe in encouraging my students through exhibiting patience and an understanding of their individualized needs and therefore, incorporate a variety of teaching skills to meet diverse learning styles.

My instructional method encompasses teaching certain guitar skills that can be applied to most musical styles, and uses a series of songs that act as building blocks in learning these skills. In addition to a pre-selected group of songs, students are encouraged to pick songs that appeal to them, which further involves them in the learning process.

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Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun. Whereas many other instruments require a more formalized and structured approach to teaching, including learning to read standard musical notation, the guitar is primarily a chordal instrument and Tab and Chord Notation songs selected for teaching use a combination of chord boxes and tablature.

 

This teaching approach allows beginners to start playing from the very first lesson!

Often, students leave the lesson thinking that they have learned what the instructor taught, but when they get home and review what they learned, they don’t remember as much as they thought they would. One unique thing I do to help the learning process is to personally record parts of the lesson. These recordings, which are emailed to students, reinforce the lessons and can be used as a practice aid. Providing audio in addition to sheet music/tabs really enhances the learning experience. You can play a part of one now.

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Acoustic Versus Electric?

Many years ago when I learned how to play, the prevailing thought was that it’s best to start on an acoustic guitar, and preferably a nylon string (classical) which is easier on your fingers. These guitars may be easier on your fingers, but unless you want to learn to play classical, are probably not the best choice.

I believe that learning to play guitar can be done on an electric or acoustic (steel string) instrument. Whereas acoustic guitars may be more practical (don’t need an amp for getting the best sound), I can help you make this decision. I would pick the one that you hear more of in the songs you listen to. You can always buy the other one down the road.

Helping You Get Started

One of the greatest’s obstacles to a new student is an unplayable guitar. I urge you to beware of box store bargains as they will be a hindrance to the learning process. I will be happy to recommend proven guitar models at whatever budget you may set that will make learning easier and more enjoyable.

Tuning a guitar for a beginner can be a challenge, in fact it can also be an obstacle for learning. This is why I urge all new students to get an electronic tuner which makes tuning much easier. Here is a list of items you will need to help you get started:

  • 2 full sets of strings
  • A couple of individual 1st strings
  • A string winder/cutter
  • Medium picks
  • An electronic tuner
  • Amp and guitar cable for electricsYou may also want to get a strap, metronome, and capo.

I will be glad to answer any of your questions. Please contact me for more information or to get started with learning the guitar.