Hello Guitar Students!
My name is Gary – below is a little about myself and the way I approach teaching.
I started out taking lessons at the age of 7 and remember how difficult it was to put my fingers down on the strings at first. It was 1961 and before the Beatles came out.
The guitars weren’t very good back then unless you could afford a Gibson, Fender or Gretsch. My family certainly could not afford those guitars and I didn’t even know that those guitars existed. The strings were a half a mile away from the frets and very frustrating to maneuver. I started out learning the notes on the guitar and how to read music on the treble clef. The songs were horrible, the teacher was horrible and I hated every minute of it. What I do remember is what stuck with me to this day and that is I learned theory without even knowing what theory was. When I was in my early teens I bought a Guild guitar from a friend and began to listen to records I liked, started learning those songs through trial and error and didn’t advance very well but kept at it. In my late teens I started forming bands with other players and noticed how good they played and wondered why. Well I can tell you that I more or less faked it through those years and played mostly by ear. I was in a successful band in my 20’s and started to take saxophone lessons and started theory lessons again and began to realize how much I didn’t know when it came to music.
The problem I see with conventional ways of teaching leaves the student with exactly what happened to me. It was never interesting, forced learning with no excitement involved or interest for that matter. Now I am 57 and playing for 50 years. I know theory inside and out, play in intricate bands that have a reputation for being advanced musically because I developed a way to keep myself interested over the last 30 years or so by incorporating my favorite music into my practice along with the scales and exercises that go along with those songs. I've been teaching these techniques for about 25 years now with a lot of success and compliments from my students.
The end result is that you learn theory, scales, modes, harmonizing, intervals, keys, circle of fifths, flat keys, sharp keys, notation, chord structures, songs in any style and what it all means with an understanding that doesn’t bore you.
$60.00 / hour – first lesson is free. I teach at your location and require payment in advance.
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