Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

Get a Free, Hour-Long Lesson!

There are three main reasons to learn Acoustic Guitar:

1) Self-Expression

Guitar, along with music in general, has a unique ability to communicate not only ideas in words but also in pitch, tone, and rhythm.  While it can be dry and academic to discuss music theory, actually using it is quite the opposite.  Students who pursue music find themselves experiencing a whole new dimension of human nature, and it really is something special.  When words alone fail, music can often express (and even soothe) the soul.

2) Social Enterprise

Music, while it can be done alone, is often a group activity.  Friendships are easily formed when two people have guitars (or other instruments) and have the ability combine their unique skills together.  Even if the student never partakes of an organized collection of musicians (in school or in the garage), he or she will doubtless find times to play with friends.

3) Cognitive Development

Music theory, while certainly understandable with proper work ethic, is a rigorous discipline.  It involves memorization, logic, and the development of a good “ear” for music (which, happily, normally develops quite naturally through study).  The same tools that students learn pursuing a knowledge of music theory will serve them well in every other area of study they may pursue.

Language is made up of three parts: pitch, tone, and rhythm.

The Overall Goal

My goal in teaching music is to teach all three of these parts in a synthetic and comprehensive manner.  I leave no stone unturned, and my students learn to approach music in a way as to not merely play but to actually understand.  Indeed, depending on the student, I usually load the first few lessons relatively heavily with theory, as they can quickly get to the point of understanding scales and chords and therefore can help find the very chords that most teachers would spoon-feed them.

Going Deep

My goal in teaching music is to enable the student to learn on his/her own.  To this end, I avoid merely teaching them chords.  It would be impossible to teach them every kind of chord that they may want to play, once you add inversions, extensions, and just plain old variable voicing into the mix.  But I teach students how to understand scales, how to use those to create chords, how to manipulate those chords, and then how to combine all of those to create different genres and sounds.

Having Fun

However, I do not confuse comprehensive with boring.  Quite the opposite, in fact – I intentionally aim to make lessons fun! We laugh, we make jokes, we make fun of our mistakes.  Music is easy to inspire with, as students interested in learning it in the first place are generally easily won over by something as simple as seeing an interesting new chord or two.

I currently teach Music with a variety of means:

Using a Textbook

For students interested in deeper music theory, reading music, or composition, we will (as soon as possible) use books specific to such endeavors.  These pursuits are optional (especially the later two), but I am prepared to work with students who wish to go that route.

Using Their Music

Most students are interested in learning music because of the music styles that they are used to listening to.  Therefore, especially in the beginning lessons, I try to move them from basic theory to playing music that they already know as soon as possible.  Sticking primarily with music they know – and love – usually means that they are much more likely to actually practice!

Sign up for a free, hour-long lesson!

No Strings Attached

After experiencing the first free lesson, you are under no obligation to continue. Though, of course, I hope you’ll want to do so!

What We Will Accomplish

In the first hour, I generally go one of two routes.  For students who are eager and academically inclined, I often begin with theory alone – I’ve had students actually figuring out chords and laying them out on the fretboard in the first lesson!  For students who are perhaps less excited, I will from time to time begin with the more “normal” approach of teaching a few basic chords in rote and then slowly introducing music theory over time as the student’s personality allows.

The Bottom Line

I would love to hear from you and see how I can help your student(s) learn.  I can come to your home (especially if you’re near Osceola, WI or Anoka, MN) at a time that works for you and see how we can work together. You can send me a message here: Contact Me.