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Barton P.

Nanuet, NY

$75/hour

Patient and Knowledgeable Guitar Teacher for Beginners.

Background check passed as of 3/23/14

$75/Hour


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About Barton

Hi. Let me say a little about myself. I've been playing guitar since 1965. I’ve taught guitar, played in bands and I'm also writing music and singing.

The guitar is a serious instrument and commands respect.

I specialize in those beginning to play and show them the way. Please understand, I can show you the way but you have to take the journey. It can be a life long quest starting first with small steps such as learning 2 or 3 chord songs right away, to scale intervals and simple riffs. As you make progress we’ll move into more theory such as the positions of the major and minor scales used in folk, pop and/or pentatonic scales as used in rock and blues and much more such as the guitar modes.

I have one rule and a few requests for all of my students and parents/guardian’s. To the parents/guardian’s: The rule is that an adult must be in the home or any place where a minor is a student at all times when I am on the premises with no exceptions.

My requests are as follows: 1. To the student: Keep all your nails short and do the hand exercises that I will show you that takes a couple of minutes every other day. You would be surprised how many students start and then quit because their fingers and hands hurt from practicing. 2. You must commit to practice at least 1 hour or more per day, five or six days per week. Call me when you’re ready for the next lesson. 3. To the parents/guardian’s and/or students: I require at least a 24-hour in advance notice of any cancellations or you will be charged the full price of the lesson. If I'm willing to travel and pay a referral fee and adjust my schedule to accommodate you, the least you can do is let me know if you can't make the lesson. Thank you.

If you decide to go forward with the lessons make sure your guitar, acoustic or electric is in good shape and not in need of any repair. If you hear any buzzing on any strings anywhere on the instrument or have any doubts, please bring it to a guitar store and ask for a setup. It may take a few days and they’ll probably charge you $40 or $50 but it’s worth it. Nothing will make you quit guitar faster than a poor sounding instrument that’s hard to play. It’s a lot of work to learn to play even if your guitar is in pristine condition.

To electric guitar students: We will be playing clean with no effects of any kind since you need to hear your mistakes not mask them behind overdrive, delay or reverb. No effects allowed when we're doing a lesson.

To the students and/or parents/guardian’s: It has been said: The guitar is the easiest instrument to fake and the hardest to learn so if you are not committing to the practicing time and you don't love playing you will know real soon and there will be no need to waist anymore money on lessons. I know I'm going a little out here but from my point of view there is nothing worse than trying to teach someone who really doesn’t want to learn. So do me a favor and really think about it before we start. It's ok to quit at any time I will understand.
Hi. Let me say a little about myself. I've been playing guitar since 1965. I’ve taught guitar, played in bands and I'm also writing music and singing.

The guitar is a serious instrument and commands respect.

I specialize in those beginning to play and show them the way. Please understand, I can show you the way but you
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I spend one full hour with the student. No charges for cancellations.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Nanuet, NY 10954
Background Check: Passed
Music:
Guitar

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General Computer

I've had on going specialized training from the US Postal Services Technical Training Center in Norman Oklahoma within my 40 year career. I was tested and passed both written and practical exams on the operation and repair and maintenance of General Computers.

I have on many occasions been involved with computer repairs down to the component level. This includes but is not limited to: Replacing EPROM chips on the motherboard, replacing mother boards, testing and replacing hard drives, flash BIOS updates, replacing system batteries, Setting switch configurations and more.

At work I have taught repairs, which include the above, and soldering techniques to other "junior" Technicians so they could perform their job functions with general computers.

I teach my students about the above and, but not limited to: Power supplies and how to test, repair or replace them. Front side busses and clocking speeds needed for proper operation. I teach how to add ram, change a motherboard and/or CPU, hard drives and computer wiring. I teach troubleshooting down to the component level using logic probes, meters and oscilloscopes.

Guitar

*** UPDATE 6/3/2016***
I am now teaching the "Guitar Modes" to anyone who wants to unlock this method of playing and sound GREAT! After months of studying them I have finally figured them out so you don't have to wast your time and get frustrated. Within a few lessons I will give you the "Key's to the Modes". You Wont need me anymore and the rest is up to you. Just Practice Practice Practice. I will show you how.

I have tutored students on guitar theory including but not limited to: Scales, chords, practice techniques in rhythm lead, reading and writing both in manuscript and tab.

I have taken students from knowing nothing and gave them a solid foundation, not limited to: Music theory, practical guitar use and maintenance, classical techniques playing major and minor scales and ear training. As the student progresses I show them the different positions of the scales all over the fret board and introduce them to playing scales in thirds, fourths and the five pentatonic positions in all keys, the seven guitar modes and how to integrate them into their playing. I also teach finger picking, tapping, double stops, bends, pull offs, slides and hybrid picking.

I have been playing guitar for over 48 years. I've played professionally on a number of occasions with other musicians and lead the band. I have lots experience as both a rhythm and lead guitarist in folk, rock and blues with acoustic and electric guitars. I also own four guitars.

Microsoft Windows

I have been working with Microsoft Windows for at least 15 years. My job required that I be proficient at it. At work I have taught Windows to other "junior" technicians so they could perform their job functions. We used Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 2000.
I also went back to college and earned an AAS degree in data processing where I worked with Windows NT, Windows 2000 Server and Windows XP with service pack 3.
Now I run Windows 7 and XP on my private wireless network. I also teach home users how to get on the network and walk them through the process of logging on with hardened passwords and getting online and setting up and using email accounts and visiting websites. I teach file maintenance and security which includes firewalls and anti virus setup and updating to keep current.
My students learn first by my instruction and then by doing. I step in as needed and show them how to run their computer. I try to get them to “wisely use their new computer skills" that I provide.
I will show them how to, but not limited to: stop pop ups, delete cookies and long history files, which track them for advertising; how to back up files using CDs, DVDs, thumb drives and whatever I would do on my own personal computers to stay as safe as reasonably possible while using the internet.
My knowledge is vast in this field and I have a lot to offer to all of my students.

Rockland Community College
Data Processing
Rockland Community College
Graduate Coursework

Education

Rockland Community College (Data Processing)

Rockland Community College (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

I spend one full hour with the student. No charges for cancellations.

Travel policy

Barton will travel within 10 miles of Nanuet, NY 10954.