My name is Michael and I have been playing guitar for nearly 6 years. I first got into electric guitar, and over the course of a few years became proficient enough to perform with a band for the opening of the new lounge at the Red House in Walnut Creek. I also have my own band, a progressive metal band, where I am the lead guitarist. Though I started out with an electric guitar, I have undergone classical guitar training at Saint Mary's College of California for the past 3 years and have become a passionate classical guitar player. I have performed at my college's student recitals and at the end of every semester I have performed in front of a panel that assesses my performance in various categories such as dynamics, rhythmic expression, and tone. I am patient with others and I am good at teaching. My teaching style is typically the same regardless of whether I am teaching electric or acoustic. When teaching guitar I start by assessing the student's technique and necessary skills/qualities (i.e., left and right hand positions, nail length and shape if it's for classical guitar, picking technique, technical skills such as hammer-ons and pull-offs, etc.), and then determine the student's skill level so that I may provide them with the appropriate pieces that tailor to their current level of experience with guitar. For classical guitar, I provide copies of pieces by classical guitarists such as Carcassi, Sor, Brouwer, Tarrega, Carulli, and others, as well as pieces by other classical composers such as Bach. For electric guitar, I specialize in metal and have a plethora of metal pieces I can pass on to the students, but I am also able to acquire pieces from other genres depending on what the student wants to learn. Since I am a college senior majoring in psychology and minoring in music, my weekly schedule tends to be a little crowded during the week, but I am typically free on weekends and can arrange to meet at various times during the week if needed. Students can be anywhere from beginners to intermediate players of guitar. Please email me if you have any questions.
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