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I totally get it.
Finding a music teacher who is a good match for you and your goals can be tough. Especially if you want a teacher with ample musical skills, the ability to convey information in an easily accessible manner, and a personality that vibes with yours.
I work hard to be the best teacher, mentor, and musical influence possible, but there's only one way to see if we're a good fit. That's why our adventure always begins with a single lesson to find out.
After teaching guitar for 25 plus years, I have honed my teaching philosophy down to its core. It's not easy to play any musical instrument well, but the learning process shouldn't be torturous, so our lessons are lighthearted, student focused, and we'll sneak the hard stuff in under the radar. Here are the pillars of my teaching philosophy:
Every student is an individual. Since you all have your own musical tastes and desired goals, my job is to provide every student with a personalized lesson experience. Whether you're an old pro, or just want to strum some songs by the fire with friends, you'll get a tailored plan to get you where you want to go.
I'm a big fan of the fundamentals. Good technique transcends musical styles and makes playing guitar much easier, more efficient, and safer for your hands and arms. Understanding the basic elements of music, and how they apply to guitar, is also key to helping you see the big picture.
It's a partnership. You hold the reins and decide where you want to go. My job is to determine the best path and to give you the info, tools, and roadmap to get there. Once you're on board, we're in it together.
There's a reason it's called "playing" guitar. Playing guitar requires work, no doubt, but the learning process doesn't need to be painful. It's supposed to be fun, so lets have a few laughs along the way.
Outside lesson support
In addition to your weekly lesson, you're welcome (and encouraged) to ask questions between lessons through email, text, or phone. You'll always get prompt clarifying responses to help keep you moving forward.
Looking for a new instrument or piece of gear but unsure how to go about it? Once you're part of the fretboard life team, you'll have all the help you need. Together, we'll work through every step of the process from deciding what to get, where to get it, and how to make sure you're getting a fair deal so you can buy what you need with confidence.
All musicians should have a solid understanding of how to maintain their gear. It starts with the basics, so you'll learn to clean, tune, and restringing your instrument properly in addition to your weekly lessons.