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What can I say, I'm an awesome guitarist. Let me tell you why this is so. I believe in excellence with every note I pluck and every chord I execute. From the very beginning of my journey to be a guitar, I wanted to share the wonder of this instrument to others. But this took some time. I started out with a neighborhood rock band that barely got by playing parties (groups of friends). The band then actually got the chance to play the Washington Jr High talent show. We didn't win, but I received comments the rest of the year for jumping off the stage like a rock star. This was all fun, but I aware that I could not play the way my heart imagined I could.
I started private lessons that ranged from: Rock, Blues, Heavy Metal, etc. Before I new it I was the lead guitarist from my high school jazz band. This really motivated me to keep learning. As my high school days progressed, I started an original rock band. We all wanted to "make it big", and it took hard work just to be competitive with the other bands. But we did it! At a very young age this band was playing most of the big clubs in Hollywood where we won sever battle of the bands. Even records labels loved us! Through it all I continued to take advanced guitar lessons, where most of my lessons consisted of Jazz. With the Jazz lessons I enrolled in college and majored in music theory.
Before I new it was teaching more 50 students a week on my own. Several institutions hired me while I was also employed the Academy of Performing Arts as the guitar improvisation teacher. I continue to thrive and love my instrument through excellence. By choosing me as your guitar instructor you will be opened up to a world of knowledge through music.
The guitar is a great instrument. It’s been said that the guitar is one of the most difficult to learn, but the most rewarding once mastered. This is because of the versatility within multiple styles that can be achieved on the guitar, from a beginning level to an advanced.
As a teacher I take my students down a path to explore their independent passion stylistically. Because I decided to constantly take my playing abilities to the next level, I can help the student achieve a greater playing ability one step at a time. First the student must learn music theory as related to site reading notation as well as basic chord playing. Music theory can be continued as it relates to more advanced chord formation, scale theory and application in improvisation. This leads the student to the ability and understanding on how to play lead guitar.
I achieved my abilities through over 20 years of group and private lessons as well as music theory at the college level. I have taught at several music institutions, been instructed by popular jazz players, taught improvisation at the Academy of Performing Arts and held music director staff positions. My knowledge of the guitar will allow the student to get past the awkwardness of playing and become a confident player who will want to take it to the next level to expertise.
Music Theory is put into a couple categories in order for the student to be comfortable. Music Theory is first taught during the reading music process. This consists of note values, rests, time signatures, key signatures, etc. Once this is explained and understood by the student the more difficult theory is explained. This consists of chord formation, scale formation, harmony, improvisation, etc. Due to the complexity of music theory, I cannot continue to elaborate. But, music theory must be taught along side all other aspects of the guitar in order for the "Big Picture" to be grasped.
Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00
Cancellation: 24 hours notice required
James will travel within 20 miles of Fountain Valley, CA 92708.
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