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Metairie School of Music University of New Olreans Jazz Studies
2009- Allied Music's Most valuable teacher
I'm a passionate instructor with over 20 years of playing and teaching experience combined in guitar and bass. In addition, I've toured with a major metal band and have had the opportunity to study and jam with music legends every year. I also teach sight reading, theory and songwriting. I've also had the opportunity to play major rock festivals and I bring a lot of that real world knowledge to my students. I expect my students to practice and implement the material I show them. This, I find, helps shorten the learning curve
I started teaching in my early 20's and have taught for over 20 years. Nothing beats seeing a student's reaction when they've learned something and can successfully implement it. It brings me a lot of joy! I also encourage and emphasize that my students get into or start bands to practice what they've learned to really see how jamming works. Jamming with musicians is another great teacher as well because you'll immediately learn where your weak spots are and how you can improve upon that.....
For beginners, I show them basic chords (Major, Minor and Diminished) if they're a guitarist and if they're a bassist, I teach them octaves and basic waking lines. Once they progress, I show them common scales and chord progressions used in modern music and focus on developing technique. If they're intermediate to advanced, I ask them what they feel they need work on and we focus on that. For example, a student might want to know how to solo over a basic rock or blues progression or the bassist might wanna know how to make his basslines swing more.
My teaching style is firm yet easygoing and fun..I expect the student to have practiced and be ready to play their homework back to me. I use repetition quite a bit but that's the best way, I find, that someone learns. I also encourage them to investigate and practice things that have not necessarily been assigned in order to see how serious they are. In other words, when they're not practicing what I show them, I expect them to experiment and investigate the fretboard on their own and then if they do come across something cool, then we can build off that
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