Guitar Lesson FAQ
Austin and Surrounding Areas
How comfortable are you teaching beginners who've never had a lesson?
Completely comfortable. I have a lot of patience, and a firm grasp of what is fundamentally important for a new student.
How do you prefer to start off teaching a raw beginner? (Chords, progressions, etc?)
The most important question a student can ask is, "What do I want to know?" Depending on the student, the first lesson may be chords, scales, ear training, or just how to play the latest song.
What ages are you comfortable with teaching?
Well, I won't teach babies. The guitar simply doesn't fit well in their little hands... very frustrating. Seriously though, I'm comfortable teaching students age 8 & up. If you're over 70, I'll teach you for free!!
What about just helping people work on a specific song?
Absolutely! I love learning songs, and I'm happy to teach you how to play them correctly. The internet is great, but the chords and tablature online have more misinformation than the National Enquirer.
And helping them find their own sound?
I love this... it's a two-parter:
-Over the years, I have owned and played a lot of gear. Add to that, my time working at music store where I got to play with even more. I know tone, and I know how to get it.
-Once you've found your sound, the next step is finding your voice. It could happen in a week, or it could happen in 10 years, but when you find it... that's where the magic happens.
Would you consider yourself able to teach "advanced" guitar players?
Yes. As a well-studied and practiced musician, I can provide new skills and a new perspective for more advanced players.
When did you teach your first guitar lesson?
The second day that I played guitar. We got a cheap, nylon-stringed guitar and my brothers had been trying to play it. One day, I grabbed the guitar and the book (I didn't yet have the advantage of a teacher) and started practicing.
The session went on for some time, and the next day my brothers were asking me "How'd you do that??"
Do you have a specific style or genre you are better or worse at teaching?
I am comfortable teaching rock, blues, jazz, funk, country, alternative, and even some classical. My favorite, though, is the blues. There's something magical about someone's first, truly-expressive, musical phrase -- that first time they feel the joy of playing the blues.
How often would you ideally meet with students? (Weekly, monthly, etc)
Once a week is a good start. It depends on how often the student practices. Faster progress demands more knowledge.
Where do the lessons take place?
They can take place in the comfort of your home or in my studio.
How far are you willing to drive to meet a student?
I can travel anywhere in the Austin area, but would prefer to stay within a 45 minute drive. Travel charges may apply, if outside of this range.