Featured Guitar Teachers Near Auburn, WA

Matthew B

Matthew B

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My method is to help students play the music they want to play, whether it's Miles Davis or the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I like to start my lessons by working on a song of the students choice to spark their interest. From there, I move to focusing on the students needs technically, rhythmically and theoretically. Additionally, I have my students practice improvisation, in some capacity, at each lesson. I want my students to feel comfortably making music on the fly and I set up low stakes environments for them to hone this skill. My lessons are rather free form and adapt easily to what is interesting my students at the time. However, at the end of every lesson, the student and myself set practice goals as well as goals for the next lesson. I strongly believe in short and long term goals to help keep students focused.

Mike O

Mike O

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I have been teaching professionally since 2001. I started at the Rock School in Kirkland teaching drums and Band 101. Shortly thereafter, I started teaching drums privately out of my own home studio. Over the last 14 years I have taught hundreds of students ranging in age from 10-65. I have also taught students with special needs and learning disabilities privately and through Rock School.    During Rock School's Summer Camps over the past 14 years (typically 3 camps per summer), I have taught groups of 5-10 kids at a time in all aspects of musicianship, including learning the instrument, writing songs as a group, recording, and live performance preparation/execution. Currently I teach Drums, Band 101, Beginning Guitar, and Beginning Bass.  

Jon C

Jon C

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I love seeing and sharing my students passion for music.  I can be rather silly and love to laugh, but I also believe that excellence is a habit.  Therefore, I try to keep each lesson engaging and fun while also setting reasonable goals for my students.  I also want to help my students develop consistent practice habits so that they can see how practicing leads to improvement.  Lastly I want to help my students make music that inspires them.

Jared C

Jared C

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My teaching style is structured primarily on learning to play by ear with light theory instruction.  For advanced and more serious minded students, I am a huge theory nerd and I really enjoy teaching a more technical approach as well. My philosophy is to improve a student's skills by nurturing each person's specific interest and goals.  I try to build confidence and show students that music is for everyone and is really fun!  From there we can take it as far as you want.    

Joseph L

Joseph L

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Guitar: For beginners who are kids, I usually start with the FJH Beginner Guitar Method, while also implementing fun melodies they know that can be played on single strings. Once the student has progressed a bit, we will work in chords, more advanced rhythms, and songs appropriate for a recital. For older beginners, I usually start with Hal Leonard's Complete Guitar Method, while again finding songs that match their musical taste and working towards their specific goals (i.e., I really want to start a punk band with my friends next summer, or I'd love to play this Taylor Swift song at the school talent show). For adults, I always start off with the list of five: five songs and/or artists that inspire them. This gives me an idea of what they want to be learning in the coming months, and I create a path for them that leads that direction, from the very first step. We will spend a lot of time on the fundamentals (scales, chords, rhythm, sight-reading) but all in the interest of using these tools on the songs they love. Piano: Faber and Faber Book series, pop melodies, etc. (similar to above) Ukulele, Bass, Mandolin: Hal Leonard Method books, pop/rock/bluegrass riffs (similar to above). I also love working Sagreras' First Lessons on Guitar for Classical, and Jazz Standards like Misty, I Remember April, Autumn Leaves, Black Orpheus, etc.

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