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I was trained first as a child in playing the organ and recorder. I later started playing the flute and in high school took music theory and played drums in the marching band. I started playing guitar from what I had learned in school. Beacuse of my extensive background in music learning guitar for me was simple. I make it simple for others to learn even without a musical background
1999 - Started on my first tour with my band
2000 - Had my first album releaased
2004 - Won grand prize at Guitar competition ( it was a 1 month competition )
I have been playing guitar since I was 16 years old I've been playing music since I was 5 years old when I started playing the organ and the recorder. I continue to learn music and started playing a little bit of flute as I got older I also played drums in marching band in high school. I started teaching guitar when I was about 18 years old just so I could play with some friends who wanted to play but didn't know how to so I started teaching them and over time I realize that I was actually pretty good at teaching so I started teaching other people outside of my friends and started doing pretty good with it. Although I did go around touring for those years I would sporadically teach. After I stopped touring I started working in a music school teaching full time. Later on I started my education in education and started learning about what actually prevent a person from being able to learn. From learning about this I started to develop a new way of teaching which is far more effective than the way I was teaching before which even though there was nothing wrong with it. I wanted to improve on my ability to teach other people how to play and be able to break down to its simplest form in order for people to really understand. I had noticed that some people did very well with lessons and some people struggled trying to understand certain concepts in music, so by doing this unique study in education I was able to find what it was exactly that was that was sticking people and getting them to not understand what was going on and be able to unstick them from their confusion and be able to move them in their progress in their education and in their lessons. Since then I've noticed a huge difference between the way students were learning and the way they're learning now. The difficulties that people run into are usually pretty much the same and very easy to handle. Teaching guitar is a very rewarding job for me I love doing it and because of that it makes it more fun for the students and myself to enjoy each and every lesson.
My experience teaching goes back to when I was about 17 years old I started teaching my other friends how to play guitar or bass so that we could jam together. As time went along and started teaching other people how to play guitar and started working in music schools teaching children all the way up to senior citizens guitar. Since then I've been doing private lessons one on one with people.
My #1 policy is: Never leave a student with a confusion. I personally make sure that the student has fully understood the lesson before I leave that even means staying over the time scheduled at my own cost. I make the lessons fun and set goals for every lesson. This is to aid the student in acheiving something and getting the feeling of accomplishment when having done so. I make to goals real so that they can actually be attained. Every student is different and have different goals, because of this each student gets a Personal Lesson Program. This is made for the benefit of the student and his personal goals. The goal he wants to acheive in his lessons is broken down lesson by lesson so that he is working towards that goal from lesson one. It is done so that each lesson is simple enough for him to acheive the end result f the lesson and progress rapidly.
The first thing I do with a student usually is find out what his goals are in learning to play guitar and what he wants to do and what kind of music he likes. From there I start going over some of the basic terminology as that is a very vital and crucial part understanding music in general and it will definitely make a huge difference later on as he's learning guitar. Then from there I see what the student actually needs to do first according to where he is at. On learning guitar, what is focused on depends on what each student may have struggles in playing, so we would focus on those things but also strengthen the strong points. Even for beginners some are strong in certain areas and weak in other areas. I use the time that we have together very wisely and ensure that I don't leave the lesson with you confused about anything at all ever! That's my number one policy; to ensure that the student understands everything that we went over before I leave.
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