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Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Double Bass, Music, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Randy A In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Double Bass, Music, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BM, Catholic University of America, Composition
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Cum Laude, CUA, 3d place, 1st annual Bill Harris/Kenny Burrel jazz guitar contest/seminar, songs included on CD,s "Americana Motel, "Greetings From the District of Country

Overview:
I can't remember a time when I wasn't singing, banging on the family piano, or making joyful noise with whatever could be hit, shaken or kicked. I got a guitar at age ten--blame the Beatles!-- took some lessons, learned some songs by ear, and was giving my first lesson before I was out of high school. I studied music formally at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., graduating Cum Laude. I have played and sung solo, in rock, jazz, country and show bands,provided music for videos and improvised comedy. My studio includes a piano, recording equipment, and amplifiers.
EXPERIENCE
The main thing my years of lesson-giving has taught me is that everyone takes it in a little differently, but everyone needs to practice each and every day! Some work well with tabs, others learn by watching, still others are most comfortable with the formality of traditional notation. All these roads can lead to the goal of making music provided the student is motivated to pick up the instrument regularily. Muscle memory is the key to fluidity, and fluidity is what enables the higher purpose---to make music that sounds good,that expresses something beyond the notes.
METHODS USED
i start beginning guitarists out with Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One, because even if a player is not destined to rely on traditional notation, they still need to know the names of the notes, so they can communicate with others. I approach ukulele somewhat less formally, because chords can be played right off the bat--singing is encouraged. For bass students, ensemble is stressed from the get-go--bass is inherently a goup affair. With lap-steel guitar, it's all about learning to play one lick, but playing that lick in tune! Advanced students and adults get a customized approach tailored to their interests. One size does not fit all!
LESSON STYLE
I sincerely believe that even the most basic material can be made to "sound good", and I stress this from the beginning. I'm big on playing duets. I'll tend to toss in tidbits about the physics of sound, or how muscle memory works. I like to engage the curiousity of the student in this way. I like to ask students about what music they like, and what they would like to do--play in a school talent show? Pick a piece as a goal to work towards. And, I try to scrupulously avoid "showing off"--of course one must demonstrate good playing, but there is a right way to do so.
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