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Azusa Pacific University, CA BA
I'm a skilled musician who has a deep passion for developing aspiring students. I've taught guitar for 8 years now and have had many students. I earned a degree in Music Composition from Azusa Pacific University in 2006. I love what I do and devote all of my energy towards music. I know that I can help you achieve your musical goals because I remember what it was like to start from the beginning.
Maybe you're not starting from the beginning but have reached a plateau in your playing and wish to reach the next level. There is a wealth of information available today but without a sequential approach, you will encounter unnecessary frustration and a lack of real improvement. With the right tools, the learning process can be enjoyable and fun. Whether your looking to become a speed demon, or just learn a few chords, I can help you implement strategies that will put you on the fast track to excelling in your desired field.
I teach all styles and have a particular passion for film, video game music, metal, rock, classical and jazz music. Areas of focus include:
-Chords (power chord extensions, inversions, altered dominants)
-Scales (modes, harmonic and melodic minor, diminished and whole tone)
-Arpeggios (sweeping patterns, alternate picking through arpeggios)
-Jazz Soloing (learning to navigate through complex chord progressions)
-Ear Training (learning to identify chords and scales by ear)
-Music Theory ( spelling chords and scales and knowing how to use them)
-Speed and Accuracy ( how to get your playing to sound clean and fast)
-Composition and Songwriting ( Various compositional techniques and song writing approaches) I'm a skilled musician who has a deep passion for developing aspiring students. I've taught guitar for 8 years now and have had many students. I earned a degree in Music Composition from Azusa Pacific University in 2006. I love what I… Read more
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I had my first lesson with Scott this evening and I have to say I was blown away by his knowledge and his ability to impart that knowledge to me. As a student, I didn't make it easy on Scott. My guitar is kind of old and I had the strings to match the age, in the process of trying to tune the guitar, one of my strings broke and being a greenhorn I didn't have a replacement but that didn't faze Scott a bit, he was able to redirect his lesson and do an A+ job teaching me chords with just 5 strings. He is unflappable and very patient and I really enjoyed my first lesson and really cannot wait for my next lesson with him. There were a few times when I was trying to figure out my finger position when Scott hit me with a lick or two that kind of blew me away and as my title states. He is wonderfully talented and an excellent teacher. If you are looking for a guitar teacher, look no further than Scott, you will not be disappointed.
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I studied music composition under Dr. Philip Shackleton at Azusa Pacific University. I have always enjoyed the process of breathing life into "little black dots." Watching a piece of music become a reality, often spawned from a small idea, is pure magic. I have many hours of original music and I also really enjoy arranging music. I have had original arrangements performed by orchestra. I score indie films, write video game music and also write progressive metal and jazz.
I studied Ear Training under Dr. John Sutton at Azusa Pacific University. Ever since taking my first Ear Training class in college, I have been very interested in developing my ears. As a musician, your ears are your most valuable asset. The ability to hear melodies and chord progressions fascinates me. If your able to do this, you can learn songs while in the car listening to the radio, or at church, hearing the band. With a trained ear, you have the incredible advantage of knowing what combination of tones are responsible for the emotional stimulus they create.
Instead of looking up tabs on the internet, to learn how to play a song, you can just listen. Instead of stumbling around on your instrument to find the right sound, or notes, you can take a shortcut to the right ones with developed ears. Ear training has changed my life in a powerful way and it can do the same for you!
My relationship with the guitar began when I was 14. I became obsessed with the sounds I could create, using the guitar as a sonic paintbrush to sketch my ideas, I became enraptured with its beauty and elegance. I studied classical guitar under Michael Kozubek M.M. at Azusa Pacific University. Michael Kozubek is an amazing instructor and taught me, above all, how to be musical. He also studied under Andres Segovia, who is considered to be the father of the modern classical guitar. 13 years later, I enjoy playing even more. It's a never ending process and I eagerly look forward to becoming more musical as time goes on.
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