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Bob W In HomeHome
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Instruments: Guitar, Classical Guitar
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Country, Latin, Latin Jazz

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Bob W In Home
Instruments: Guitar, Classical Guitar
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Country, Latin, Latin Jazz

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 8-80
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Bachelor's degree in Classical Guitar from Catholic University. For the past 10 years, I've contracted with various music teaching companies including:

                  Lessons in your home                   TakeLessons                   Musika                   Taylor Robinson Music Lessons                   In Home Music Teachers                   Music and Arts Center  

 

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Bob is an accomplished classical guitarist, arranger and teacher based out of Gaithersburg. He performs regularly at public and private events and functions. He has performed at a reception for the Washington Bach Consort and at the afternoon teas at the Mansion at Strathmore Hall. Bob performs weekly at church services and has participated in ensembles including the Potowmak Trio, the Vivaldi Trio and the Joyful Sound folk group. As an active member of the Washington Guitar Society, Bob organized meetings, edited the newsletter and performed for the open stage

EXPERIENCE
I received a Bachelor degree in Guitar Performance from Catholic University in Washington DC back in 1980. However, my career was in computer programming for the next 30 years. During this time, I continued to improve my Guitar skills and performed at many venues, including weddings, parties, formal events, and concerts, such as those at Brook Side gardens in Wheaton, the Olney Theater, and Afternoon Teas at Strathmore Hall at the Mansion in Bethesda Md. My teaching experience started eleven years ago when I retired from my career as a Systems Engineer. The guitar technique I teach is mostly finger style, which is suitable of a wide variety of solo guitar music, including Pop, Jazz, Rock, and especially Classical. I usually teach at the home of my students if the drive is not too far, but I also teach at my house in Gaithersburg Md, Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress, gain confidence and develop a passion for the instrument. I've also found that a combination of classical, pop, and rock arrangements keeps the students motivated so that they want to practice on their own, and continue to learn. I've also helped students who wish to do their own compositions and Guitar arrangements. I have taught and am looking for students new students of all ages!
METHODS USED
Since I'm primarily a Classical Guitar player, I emphasize the technique required for it, which is mainly finger-style. My primary teaching method is derived from Aaron Shearer, which many famous guitarists have used, including the well known Manuel Barrueco. The main instruction book is written by Aaron Shearer, which teaches classical guitar technique and standard music notation sight reading, but I'm also flexible. If I see a student would prefer to strum and accompany their own or others singing, I teach from Hal Leonard's Complete Guitar Method book. This basically covers everything from learning chords, strumming, and finger-style picking. Once the student has developed enough confidence, I switch over to sheet music for building their repertoire.
LESSON STYLE
My teaching style is very flexible. If I see that a particular lesson isn't working, I will change to a lesson covering something the student is more interested in, and possibly not as intimidated. The main thing is for the student to gain confidence in what he/she is trying to learn. I also think that teaching my students to read music in standard notation is a very important aspect of my teaching. Once a student can fluently read music, the whole world opens up to them, as they can now access thousands of guitar publications going back decades of more.
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