Hi! I am a UC Berkeley Music
graduate offering guitar
lessons to beginning and intermediate guitarists. I also offer music theory
& sight singing
lessons. My primary stylistic focus during my 13 years of playing has been instrumental rock & metal music. Guitarists such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Jimmy Page, Alex Lifeson, and Paul Gilbert have had the heaviest influence on my style & technical abilities.
Music theory is an important area of knowledge for any guitar player, which is why I prefer to dedicate a portion of each lesson to sharpening students' understanding of harmony & rhythm. Every student will have areas of theory that need more work than others; I design what I teach to fit the needs of each particular student. My overall teaching goal is to give students the technique and musical knowledge necessary to develop a natural, unconstrained ability of expression on the guitar.
If you are simply wanting to learn music theory/harmony, I am certainly able to tutor in that area alone. Whether you have no knowledge of harmony & rhythm at all, or have a solid foundation of music theory that you wish to expand upon, I can design lessons around your needs and help you achieve your compositional goals. For instance, you may already know how to read/write music and build 3 or 4 voice harmonies, but would like to learn about more advanced chords (such as 7th and 9th chords) and how to properly resolve them. On the other hand, if you are starting completely from scratch, I can efficiently teach you the basics of theory and progress appropriately to more advanced levels of notation & harmony.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will respond ASAP.
12 hours notice required
Travels within 18 miles of Thousand Oaks, CA 91360