Featured Guitar Teachers Near Royal Oak , MI

Matthew D

Matthew D

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On every instrument that I teach I place great importance on fundamentals, especially developing a deep sense of rhythm. Whether a novice student is learning basic concepts for the first time or an advanced student is maintaining their musical foundation, a short routine of very simple warmups is essential and is also a beautiful way to connect to the instrument every time we sit down to it.For young beginners on piano and guitar I start with the Faber Piano Adventure series and the FJH Young Beginners series - for young drum students I use Alfred's beginners drum set book. For older students my approach will depend on the interest of the student and will draw on a variety of books/pieces/hand written exercises and ideas.  I will often work with more advanced students to help them develop their own exercises when they have a problem they want to address - it is very valuable to learn to teach yourself your instrument as well!

Marc M

Marc M

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I stress the importance of reading music from the get go.  I do understand however that some (adults) only want to learn to play some songs for their own personal gain, and not have to mess around with note reading.  (Guitar is an instrument that can be played by ear, and to some degrees at a high level.)  To that I do not require any books.  I'll always reiterate the importance of reading..."Just think how good Eddie Van Halen would have been had he been able to read music!" For Children: Mel Bay Children Guitar Method 1 (Blue Turquoise cover) For beginners steel string and jazz: Hal Leonard Guitar method book 1 (Black and Orange cover) For Classical:  Foundations in Classical guitar by Brian and Mary Lou Roberts   I ALWAYS strive for the student to become familiar with performing and playing with others.  Only upon a request from the parent or the student itself will I not present performing opportunities and or group lesson type opportunities.  I regularly hold student jam sessions where the students get to play with my band on songs that they are working on.  I will explain this process upon our first meeting.

Michael H

Michael H

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I have been teaching music, mainly guitar and piano, off and on for almost 15 years. My style varies on the age of the student, what they hope to achieve and where their strengths lie.  I feel it's important for the student to learn the fundamentals while simultaneously having fun with their instrument and exploring the music they feel passionate about.  I also like to focus on composition and performance while helping them develop their own style. 

Scott S

Scott S

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I began my music career at Berklee College of Music in 1985 and continued my education at WMU and WSU as a Jazz Performance - Composition Major. I have studied privately with Ken Taft, Gene Butler, Mikhal Caldwell and Joe LoDuca. As a performer I have been in a wide variety of bands and am a founding member of the Frank Zappa Tribute 'Ugly Radio Rebellion' and Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute 'CrossFire'. With 30 years experience as a music educator I have done over 20,000 private lessons as well as classes, clinics, College Prep courses and am a member of The American Guild of Music. I am a versatile teacher and motivated performer and fluent in most every style of music.

Basil G

Basil G

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Hello everyone!. My name is Bill. A little about me.. I've been playing guitar, bass, writing/arranging/producing songs(music, lyrics, and vocals) for the last 31 years. As a young student I built up my abilities with the help of a great teacher, and went on to win numerous awards; both regionally, nationally, and internationally. I have been actively teaching for 25 years now. I have had a roster of students steadily over all those years, and always look forward to sharing my knowledge with new students!. I am also a professional music recording artist and front my own Detroit based trio called The Static Dial; as the band's Guitarist, Vocalist, and Songwriter. We've been featured on major and independent Alt/Indie Rock radio from our hometown to the UK; as well as several music publications. We also have performed all over the U.S. and Canada. I also have worked on a variety of other projects over the years; from Latin/Flamenco guitar, to Jazz, Classical, and various other World music, etc.

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