Many people think that learning to play an instrument is too difficult and time-consuming… My teaching experience has shown me this isn’t necessarily the case. With just a little bit of effort, nearly anyone can enjoy playing within a short time. In teaching, my goal is to provide a comfortable, friendly, and positive learning environment along with proper guidance. The curriculum is adjusted to meet each student’s specific learning needs.
All students will study different styles of music as well as music theory and how it is applied to the instrument. Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of musical styles including classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, and more. Of course popular music and student song selections are equally encouraged. Playing music one likes is a lot of fun!!
Each class will begin with a review of the previous class, new material, and proper practicing techniques. Together, we will continually assess and work toward your forward progress. For best results, you should practice at least 30 minutes a day.
You don’t need musical experience to start your guitar or ukulele lessons! With the proper instructional aides and teaching method developed over 25 years, you will be able to start playing right away.
You will learn the rudiments of reading music, notes below the fifth fret for all six strings, and open position chords. You’ll learn playing techniques through the music of both contemporary and traditional artists and various musical styles.
Intermediate to Advanced:
For continuing and advanced students, lessons are structured to meet their specific needs to gain mastery in the musical style of their choosing with a more in-depth approach. All instruction involves the theoretical and technical components of music. Offering the student the opportunity to discover their own musical abilities and develop self-confidence. While through improvisation, students are able to spontaneously compose and communicate personal musical ideas through performance they acquire stage presence and benefit from sharing their creativity and hard work with others.
Performance & Recording:
All students are encouraged to participate in various recitals and other performance opportunities during the year. I also provide students the opportunity to record and produce a short CD of their work, which they can keep or give as a gift to friends and family.I’m currently offering private lessons at two locations. Pleasant Hill on Tuesdays, and Pleasanton on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. My hours for teaching are generally 2:00-8. Below are times currently available for new enrollments.