Studio classWith over twenty years of college teaching experience I have had the pleasure of instructing complete beginners to the professional guitarist.

Teaching Philosophy

It is my firm belief that good form will lead to good sound; that proper alignment of the fingers, hands, arms, shoulders and so on will lead to a lifetime of guitar playing in any style. To this end, it is important to study appropriate pieces that focus on specific aspects of technique such as arpeggios, scales or slurs while maintaining an overall posture that will enable the student to excel on the instrument.

Like learning to read and write the English language it is imperative that the student learns to read and write the musical language. This is attained much in the same way as reading literature: consistent, progressive introduction of material. I believe in a broad repertoire that is built from the ground up so that new pieces are built on concepts learned in previous works.

Finally, students come in all shapes and sizes and so must the approach of musical study. There is a large amount of material available at all levels of difficulty so that while the above statements focus on consistency there is a surprising amount of variation in application so that all students do not look and sound exactly alike.

Class schedules are posted on News and Performances page. Contact me for more information or to register.

Group classes

Guitar Essentials

Monday evenings from 7:00 pm to 7:55 pm

Guitar Essentials is a group lesson that meets for an hour a week for nine weeks. This course will prepare you for all styles of guitar playing. You will learn Tuning, Proper Technique, Musical Symbols, Notes In First Position, Basic Chords, Rhythms Through Eigth Notes, Strumming and Picking. You will need Guitar Method Book 1 by Hal Leonard, a guitar, a folding music stand and a pencil.

Tuition: $135.00

Week 1:
Your Guitar, Tuning, Playing Position. Musical Symbols and Notes on the First String. Ex. 1-8.
Week 2:
Notes on the Second String Ex.9-18.
Week 3:
Notes on the Third String. Ex. 19-23. Duets and 3/4 Time. Ex.24-27.
Week 4:
Notes on the Fourth String and Pick-up Notes. Ex 28-32. C, G7, G and D7 Chords. Ex. 33-41 Ties. Ex. 42-46.
Week 5:
Notes on the Fifth and Sixth String Ex 47-56.
Week 6:
Half and Whole Steps. Key Signatures. Ex. 57-60. Rests. Ex. 61-66.
Week 7:
Eighth Notes. Ex. 67-72. More Strumming and The Em Chord. Ex.73-78.
Week 8:
Chord Pairs and Bass Lines Ex. 80-83. The D Chord and More Bass Lines. Ex. 84-91.
Week 9:
C Sharp and The A7 Chord. Ex.92-100.

Guitar Styles

Monday evenings from 8:00pm to 8:55pm

This course in designed for the intermediate guitarist that would like to expand their musical experience on the guitar by introducing various styles such as Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, Rock and Classical, that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to explore.

You will need an acoustic guitar, and the text "Guitar Styles" by James Marron ($20.00 available at first class). You should have the ability to play basic chords and read tablature.

Tuition: $135.00

Week 1:
Country Flat-Picking
Week 2:
Bass Runs and Hammer-Ons
Week 3:
Bluegrass The Bluegrass Lick, Breakdowns
Week 4:
Blues: The Blues Progression, The Blues Scale
Week 5:
Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Lick, Breakdowns
Week 6:
Improvisation. More Seventh Chord Shapes.
Week 7:
Rock: Power Chords Palm Muting, Muffled Strings
Week 8:
Classical: Posture and the right hand.
Week 9:
Review

Private Study

Based on classical guitar technique, beginning students learn correct posture and reading music in first position. Short pieces are prepared for bi-annual studio recitals held in Guzzetta Recital Hall. Advanced students prepare full recitals covering music from the renaissance to contemporary styles.