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Guitarist of twenty years BA Sociology The Ohio State University BA Criminology The Ohio State University
I am a easy going guitarist who loves to play and talk about music. I have played guitar for fifteen years and have taught throughout my own education. I teach basic to advanced techniques and theory and can translate the concepts to other instruments like bass and keys. I took private lessons as a youth for many years and have since taught myself further. My primary background is in blues-based rock. I am proficient with electric, acoustic as well as classical guitars. I have studied fingerstyle and enjoy experimenting with different methods of producing sounds on them. I enjoy using Ableton Live as a performance and writing tool. I also dabble in analog synthesis and enjoy playing keys, bass, drums and singing. I take an easy approach to learning with the belief that it should be rewarding to play an instrument and not frustrating. Music is as deep as you want to make it and I look forward to creating music with you!
I began teaching years ago and have pursued it off and on over the years. I have taught in students’ homes as well as my own home. I encourage everyone to try to learn an instrument as an outlet for creativity. Practice is as deep as you want to make it, but if you are looking for serious improvement and development I suggest at least 30-60 min a day. However, any amount of playing and practicing is encouraged! Lessons typically consist of half what you want to do and half what I think you should try working on. I take an easy, no pressure approach to learning and I hope it can help inspire greater learning!
I like to utilize many avenues of teaching and learning music. There are a handful of books I like to use for both beginner and advanced guitarists. The internet is a vast resource that contains just about anything you would want to know! Google and YouTube are great for learning songs, techniques and theory without need for a teacher or even an instrument. For intermediate to advanced players, I have some books, authors, guitarists and Internet personalities I might point to. Everyone learns differently and through different methods. We will work together to maximize your learning potential.
I approach learning music as a no pressure situation. Everyone is going to learn at their own pace. I recommend setting a goal or a benchmark of what you would like to learn or where you would like to be. We will work together to set an effective practice routine that helps you achieve that goal while making you feel accomplished and engaged. After all, having fun is the name of the game! We want to express ourselves through music while we are doing so. We will make sure your practice routine works for you and your schedule. One should not fear practice, but enjoy and be excited to go home and play!
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