My teaching philosophy can be summed up as follows:
1) There are no two students that I teach the same exact way. Everyone processes and absorbs information differently.
2) I like to keep the guitar lessons interesting by using music that the student enjoys as a means for teaching.… BUT (see #3)
3) There are certain basics that should be learned by all guitar players, regardless of his or her musical preferences and tastes. Instead of showing up and just writing the tab or chords to a song you want to learn, I want you to fully understand what the song entails. This involves elements such as the songs structure, the scales that can be used, rhythm patterns, picking patterns, different chord voicings, proper fingering etc.. There are also some “boring” yet essential exercises that must be practiced to better your playing.
If a student is very passionate about a particular style of music, I will structure the lessons to that style:
Lesson structure: Strong emphasis on open and moveable chords. Also fingerpicking, open arpeggios, exotic open chords, strum patterns song structure etc. Less emphasis on scales.
Heavy Metal/Progressive Rock
Lesson structure: Strong emphasis on alternate and economy picking. Also sweep arpeggios, modes, 3 notes per string scale patterns, tablature, power chords, palm muting, unorthodox open chords, de-tuning etc. Less emphasis on open chords (though the basic open chords should still be memorized)
Lesson structure: Strong emphasis on power chords and blues/pentatonic scales. Also blues shuffle variations, tablature, playing 3rd and 6th intervals, I-IV-V song structure, turnarounds, alternate bass fingerpicking for blues progressions, chord substitutions etc.
Lesson structure: Strong emphasis on “jazz chords” and voicings, modes, modulation, arpeggios, chord substitution, ii-V-I chord progression etc.
Lesson structure: Strong emphasis on open chords and major pentatonic scale. Also alternate bass strumming, playing lead with 3rds/6ths and other intervals, moveable chords etc.
Lesson structure: Strong emphasis on note reading and scales. Also left and right hand technique, theory, fretboard positioning, arpeggios, chord voicings, note memorization etc. Little/no emphasis on tablature.
I service the following North Shore suburbs: – Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Northfield, Skokie, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Wilmette, Winnetka, Evanston.
Rates start as low as $40. Please call or e-mail me for specific rates for you. In the e-mail, please include your location.
I realize that life can be very busy and unpredictable – I don’t do contracts and don’t charge for cancellations if something unexpected arises. I just ask that you let me know at least a couple hours before the lesson if possible.
Feel free to call, text or send me an e-mail, or comment below for available times or any additional information. I also have plenty of references available upon request. Thanks for taking the time to visit my site and I hope to hear from you!