Columbia College Chicago (Music Composition)
As an accomplished guitarist and Composition major at Columbia College Chicago I am constantly being tested on my knowledge of musical styles, forms, and most importantly to me, theory. When it comes to music theory and my guitar playing I try to interconnect the two so that my playing sounds educated and informed, but still tasteful and full of emotion. I've been teaching lessons for the past year and with each student I try to instill a sense of just how important theory and knowledge of the fretboard are when it comes to laying down soulful improvisations or composing music for the guitar.
Although the bulk of my time spent working with the guitar is improving improvisational techniques and learning how to construct tasteful solos, I do not underestimate the value of laying down expressive and informed rhythm guitar. I can help students expand their chordal vocabularies by learning altered chords and chord inversions, and more importantly, when they are appropriate to use.
Understanding where individual students come from and knowing where they want to go with their guitar playing is paramount to me. After assessing a student's capabilities along with his/her strengths and weaknesses I plan a specific syllabus tailored to that student to ensure they dedicate their time where it is most useful and do not waste it with fruitless exercises. Whether you want to learn how to embellish a simple major chord while comping rhythm guitar, get better at sight-reading, or you're interested in the use of the diminished scale over a dominant 7 at the turn-around of a 12-bar blues, I know how to develop the lesson plan (complete with handouts and exercises) to get you there.
If you have any specific questions about the styles I am practiced in, specific material I am qualified to teach, or about guitar in general, feel free to contact me for a consultation or lesson! As an accomplished guitarist and Composition major at Columbia College Chicago I am constantly being tested on my knowledge of musical styles, forms, and most importantly to me, theory. When it comes to music theory and my guitar playing I try to interconnect the two so that my playing sounds educated and informed, but still tasteful and full of
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I have been taking private lessons on the guitar for 10 years, with multiple instructors, and in that time have studied numerous styles including rock, progressive rock, jazz, blues, and punk. I am a senior at Columbia College Chicago and am currently studying under the instruction of Harry Hmura and am an active member in his progressive rock ensemble. I have given lessons to close friends and complete strangers and have experience working with the same student over an extended period of time. I provide all of the supplementary materials I use to teach, including chord charts, scales/modes, song transcriptions, and sight-reading samples.