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I have 2 years of classical guitar training and 5 years of gigging experience. I also have been teaching personal one on one lessons for 5 years.
I have no formal accolades or degrees.
I am a bass and guitar player that has been playing for 15 years and teaching for 5. I absolutely love teaching and can teach any skill level and any age. Through my experience playing and collaborating with many different musicians, I have developed knowledge of several different styles, techniques, and genres. I also have developed a teaching method that prepares the student for playing with other musicians and encourages originality and creativity.
Teaching guitar and bass began for me around the same time I stared gigging seriously. People who were at the show or even people in other bands would come up and ask if I gave lessons. I developed a lesson plan and began teaching. I have taught both beginners and advanced players but most of my students have been just starting out. Through my program, my students typically learn how to make music with their instrument relatively quickly as I believe that is a key factor in keeping them interested in playing. I encourage my students to try their best to find musicians and play with them whenever they can. Jammin with other people is an extremely effective and quick way to sharpen the student's skills and even teach them new ways to play the instrument.
Under my instruction, creativity is nurtured along side of every technique and skill that I teach. This will help the student develop the ability to create their own original music and deepen their interest in their instrument. I also try my best to make learning and practicing as fun and musical as possible. Of course, we must first learn how to make the instrument sound and how to maintain the instrument. These skills are essential and are the first thing that the student will learn. For an experienced player, I first ascertain what kind of goals the student has. I then teach the student the skills to achieve their goals by dividing their goal into smaller, incramental steps. Depending on the player's skill level and dedication to to learning, the student will realize their goal.
My teaching style stems from my philosophy that music is a language. So my approach is focused on using the skills and knowledge while "speaking", or playing, with other musicians. That is why my approach is focused on jamming. After the student can understand how to make the instrument sound, I immediately give them the oppertunity to put their skills into practice. I will take time from each lesson to just jam with the student and allow them to explore the instrument. I encourage the student to feel free and not to be afraid of mistakes, as mistakes will teach the student what sounds and feels like a mistake. Having the opportunity to play with someone without judgement is something every beginning student needs. When a child is learning to speak, we don't chastise them for poor sentence formation. I take this sam approach to music. I am all about the student feeling comfortable and secure in their playing.
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