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Columbia College, Chicago (Music)
I have been playing guitar for 17 years and teaching guitar for 8 years. Recently, I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, where I was teaching private lessons and group guitar classes at 2 well established music organizations.
I have been a performing musician for over ten years on electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, and more recently on classical guitar and on various finger-style guitar arrangements. Having played guitar for 17 years, I studied privately through high school as well as studying classical guitar in college at Columbia College Chicago. I studied classical guitar with Norman Ruiz at Columbia, University of Oregon's John Jarvie and I also studied electric guitar in my earlier years with popular Chicago virtuoso guitarist Kevin M. Buck. I have learned and am familiar with music theory, ear training, basic keyboard skills, guitar performance, as well as electronic music production.
As a guitar instructor, I can help you learn modern songs of any style, music reading, finger-style techniques, strumming techniques, soloing/improvisation, composition and performance techniques. I teach many different songs and instrumental pieces from the styles of pop/contemporary, rock, blues, funk, classical and Brazilian Jazz.
I produce my own music, studied electronic music production, and can teach the skills to help understand how use music software programs like Ableton, Logic X/Pro and Garage Band. I have been playing guitar for 17 years and teaching guitar for 8 years. Recently, I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, where I was teaching private lessons and group guitar classes at 2 well established music organizations.
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I received an Associate of Art degree with a focus in Music, so I am well rounded with different aspects of music. I was trained with general piano skills, rhythm training, ear training as well as classical and jazz guitar. I play 4 different instruments - Guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums; and I compose and record with all of those instruments. I currently teach private guitar and bass lessons but have also taught group guitar and rock band classes before.
I have been a guitar teacher of 7 years, teaching all skill levels and ages. I have taught private and group lessons in different music establishments as well as out of my house and I'm happy to provide a resume for any inquiries. I enjoy playing and teaching classical guitar, folk finger-style guitar, Brazilian jazz guitar, contemporary/rock and improvisational guitar.
I am able to assist with tablature, reading notes and reading sheet music in many different styles including the ones listed above. Through plucking and picking exercises, rhythmic strumming and sight reading, I assure that I can help my students reach a higher level of playing. I have been performing guitar and bass guitar for over 10 years around Chicago and the West Coast. Performing is my passion and I believe it's the most important aspect of learning music whether you are playing guitar for fun, in front of friends, or performing guitar at a concert.
I have been through 3 years of Music Theory in College and I've always received an A in those classes. Many people struggle with music theory classes but having a teacher who explains the concepts clearly is crucial to understanding Music Theory. With patience and determination, I can help you achieve a better understanding of Music Theory.
I write my own musical pieces, working with software for music production and recording. I have also played and writen bass lines for electric bass guitar in a band. One of my previous teaching jobs included working with youth bands where I taught them contemporary songs, helped them write original songs as well as preparing their bands for performances.