Online Lessons

I offer guitar lessons virtually, catering to all levels from beginner to advanced. My expertise spans music theory, composition, audio engineering, and improvisational techniques, with a focus on guitar (including classical) and bass.

Boasting 18 years of teaching experience, I’ve dedicated my life to two passions: playing guitar and empowering others through learning. The joy of teaching guitar as a profession is a perfect blend.

I’ve discovered that virtual lessons often surpass in-person ones in effectiveness. I’m consistently impressed by the seamless integration of working on technique and the immediate access to resources right at my fingertips.

What you’ll need:

  • Zoom app installed on desktop/laptop (other platforms may be ok, please mention if you need something else before we start)
  • A webcam and microphone (most laptops come equipped with these)
  • 30-minutes per week for the lesson
  • Time during the week to practice
  • Your instrument

 

I teach Sunday through Wednesdays starting at 12pm PT. Sessions generally last 30 minutes, unless we’re getting into some advanced work, which may require more time.

What you can learn

My approach to guitar lessons centers on you. I avoid using one-size-fits-all lesson plans because I believe in crafting each session around what you need and want.

Teaching classical guitar is a world apart from teaching rock; both are passions of mine, but I’m here to fuel your passion, and these are very different styles. Students succeeding in what they find interesting, right at the start, is critical in their long-term success and continuation of music.

There are universal skills and knowledge that every musician, regardless of style, should master. I integrate these essentials into our lessons, ensuring you build a solid foundation.

Here are a few of those fundamental skills we can focus on.

 

Technique

This is all about how to use a guitar–How to hold it, where to put your hands, proper ways to use your fingers, how to use a pick or alternatively how to use your fingers to pick, how to play single notes and chords, down picking, up picking, alternate picking . . . all the physical aspects of the guitar.

Theory

This is the mental part, why we use this chord instead of that one, which notes to play, how scales are formed, where chords come from, this is the “How do I make music?” part. This part of music is one that no matter how much you learn, you always see a new horizon to reach to, for that reason it’s my favorite aspect of music and I am continually in awe of how much I continue to learn even after more than 25 years as a guitar player.

Improvisation

I love to just take my guitar in hand and let the music flow. It might end up bluesy, it might end up jazzy, it may be a raging metal beast breathing fire in the skies! With a combination of correct technique and a good application of theory you can make the music up as you go along.

Composition

Composition can be done in a number of ways, you can write the music out like a classical composer, make the music up as you go along, or a combination of the two. I like to get my students creating their own music as early as possible, it’s one of the most rewarding things that I know of.

Repertoire

This is your musical library so to speak. We achieve this ever expanding library in a number of ways. One way is by learning our favorite songs, this allows us to learn the techniques and applicable theory of those players that we look up to. We also expand our library by learning riffs, or small sections of music that go together well. These may be riffs that we pick up from other players or from our improvisation or composition.

 

Pay What You Can

I am deeply passionate about making music education accessible to everyone. That’s why I introduced a “pay-what-you-can” system for my lessons and albums. I understand that each of us is in a unique financial situation, and I firmly believe that finances shouldn’t be a factor preventing some one from learning music and pursuing their passions. Whether you’re picking up a guitar for the first time or looking to dive deeper into your practice, I’m here to support you.

This approach is built on trust and mutual respect. If you’re in a position to pay a bit more, your contribution will help support fellow students who might be facing financial hurdles.

Together, we can foster a welcoming and supportive community where everyone has the opportunity to explore their musical potential, regardless of their financial background. Let’s make the joy of music accessible to everyone.

Payments can be made by check, Paypal or Zelle.

Ages

I have years of experience teaching people from age 5 to 80+. Depending on the child, I have found that successful learning starts around age ten or so in the virtual format.