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Clifford P.

Brooklyn, NY

$60/hour

Experienced Guitar Instructor In Brooklyn

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 2/22/13

$60/Hour


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Hi. Welcome! If you are reading this, you have entered serious guitar territory. I love my job. How many people do you know that can say without reservation “I love my job?”. This is the bottom line in everything I do in music and this is what I always want to convey to my audiences and to my students. Love what you do and it will love you back. Because when you put in the time to continually improve and work on what gives meaning to your life, it becomes the principle by which you live and opens the door to the experiences you gain in the world around you. My love and passion for music has played a major role in becoming the person I am today.

As a matter of fact, I have been playing guitar for over 40 years and I owe it all to someone in my life who went out on a limb for me to get me my first guitar and amp. I was 10 years old and it might as well have been the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I found myself in music and I lost myself in music. Music was the saving grace that got me through a lot of childhood hurdles and the motivation for me to see the possibilities for an emerging career as a professional musician. I am a devoted, committed and disciplined artist and take pride in the fact that these simple principles for becoming an accomplished artist and educator were honed through constant practice, learning and exposure to great artists and teachers that influenced my strategies for success.

I will never say to a student that it is an easy road. But it is fulfilling and merits more attention than we often give to the arts as a whole. As a matter of fact, I often think about how the vocation of teaching music to students is often met with attitudes that discourage the idea that one could really “make their living” or “survive” on becoming a professional musician. If you really check it out, music is a part of everything in our global reality. Take the guitar for instance (not that I’m biased), but you can hear guitar riffs, chops, melodies, wailing solos and orchestrations in music everywhere. Whether it's music at the airport, elevator music, your favorite radio station, that catchy little commercial you just can’t get out of your head, the ring tone on your Android, the shopping mall, movie themes and scores, shopping at Macy's, YouTube, hard rock, soft rock, soul, samba and reggae; there my friend, you will hear all the possibilities for creative expression through guitar.

What other career can take you from a Presidential Inauguration performance (1993 President Bill Clinton hosted the first Internationally acclaimed reggae group STEEL PULSE of which I was a member for 20 years as lead guitarist) to traveling to almost every continent on God’s earth experiencing the multitude of cultures and peoples of this planet to the TV and recording studios, radio stations and classrooms of Brooklyn, New York humbled by the earnest faces of young children awaiting their chance to hear their own musical gifts come to fruition on the first execution of a G chord. Talk about being in the moment. There is nothing that compares to being a part of the road less traveled than that of being a teacher and passing on the love.

Everyone has a specialty or focus of intense interest and devotion as a musician. Mine happens to be rock, blues (still mastering my own slide technique) courtesy of some of the greats; Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, of late the young and very talented Gary Clarke. I have no problem introducing both electric and acoustic guitar to any of my students whether they are 5 years old or 55. What is important is that your student should be looked at as an individual and it is my job to evaluate and “learn” them as much as I expect them to learn from me. It is a given that in teaching, that a student be introduced to music theory, composition, ear training, finger positions and discovering the terrain of their instrument. Even more important is fanning the flames of inspiration and motivating these young minds to “teach themselves” after the class is over.

One of the most controversial concepts in music today is the bridge between the so called traditional way of teaching and a strategy or methodology for teaching that allows the student to “feel” their experience by getting to the meat and potatoes of creating a relationship with their instrument. There is memory in the tips of your fingers and I employ a method that increases the student’s ability to learn faster, retain information and apply what they have learned with minimum difficulty and self-gratifying results.

If you have gotten this far, thank you for checking into my world. It would be a pleasure to meet or speak with you. Remember no matter your choices in life, love what you do and it will love you back. I am definitely one of the lucky ones.
Hi. Welcome! If you are reading this, you have entered serious guitar territory. I love my job. How many people do you know that can say without reservation “I love my job?”. This is the bottom line in everything I do in music and this is what I always want to convey to my audiences and to my students. Love what you do and it will love you back. Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11226
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Music:
Composition (Music), General Music, Guitar
Art:
Composition (Music)

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Guitar

Hi. I have been teaching Guitar since 2001 and playing guitar professionally for over 38 years. Because I am self-taught, my real world methods of teaching guitar is a little different from traditionally trained guitar teachers. My students have loads of fun while learning and I have a unique way of keeping them inspired.

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Clifford will travel within 10 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11226.