If you already play and/or sing, I'll help you to advance to the next level.
By fine tuning your current skills, I'll help you to become a better performer.
I've been a performing, recording and teaching guitarist and vocalist
for over 50 years.
I hold a BS in guitar education and an MA in voice.
I've played and sung on thousands of recordings
and commercials. If you're old enough to have listened
to radio or watched TV in the mid 70's,
you've probably heard me but didn't know it.
Your first lesson is free. You and I decide if we are right for each other.
I won't take you on as a student if I don't think I can
help you. I don't want you to take me on as a teacher
if you don't think I can help you.
Q: Where are you located?
A: My studio is in my home in north Phoenix. Near the
intersection of Cactus and 56th Street.
Q: What do guitar lessons cost?
A: My rates are $250 per four lessons.
That's one lesson every week for four weeks.
Each lesson is at least one hour long.
Q: Do I have to have some kind of experience?
A: Yes. My lessons are for serious, performance oriented
I rarely accept students under age 18
I ask that you have SOME previous musical experience
in guitar or some other musical instrument.
Q: Do I have to attend recitals?
A: Sort of. You will be required to attend LIVE MUSIC EVENTS.
Concerts, clubs, open mic's, recitals are all live music events.
This musical road we're traveling is all about PERFORMING. To be
good performers, we have to get out there and watch other performers.
You will be required to perform.
We're learning to be performers. We have to perform.
It's that simple. You can't learn how to swim without
going in the water.
Q: Do I have to learn music theory?
A: Yes. Music theory is the language that
musicians use to communicate. Without the theory, you couldn't
ask me to "play a G chord" or "hold that note for 3 beats".
Every vocation and avocation has its own theory and language.
Music is no exception. The business of music is all about communication.
We have to be able to communicate with other musicians and technical
experts in the music field. Those musicians and other experts
speak the language of music, music theory. To be a musician
without an understanding of music theory would be like being
a foreign language interpreter but only speaking one language.
I teach music theory as it applies to the music you are currently playing.
We don't memorize theory points just for the sake of knowledge,
but instead, we try and apply music theory to what we're playing right now.
Q: Will I have to learn stuff like "Mary Had a Little Lamb"?
A: Only if that's a song you like and want to learn.
I prefer to teach songs that you know and like for lessons.
Q: Do I have to practice?
A: Uh, Yes.
Q: Do I have to play scales and fingerboard exercises?
A: Sometimes, yes. The approach I like is that we play
songs that you want to perform. When we find a spot in
the song that you have trouble with, we design an
exercise that addresses that problem.
Q: What kind of guitar do I need?
A: Learning to play the guitar (or any instrument)
is like learning to drive a car. You can learn to
drive on a broken down piece of junk, but it's difficult
and unsafe. Guitars are the same way. If you have a $100
plywood guitar with strings like bridge cables, you'll
need to upgrade before I can help you. Generally I recommend
that a serious guitar student (that's us!) consider investing at least
$300 or so on a well made, student grade guitar. I'll help you evaluate
prospective purchases, if necessary, as part of your lessons.
Q: Are there other expenses involved?
A: Yes. Just like any hobby or profession.
Expect to spend approximately
$100 annually on strings
$50 annually on a professional guitar adjustment
$15 one time only on a humidifier
$60 one time only on an electronic tuner
If you can't or aren't willing to purchase the above
items, consider another hobby. You can't SCUBA without
SCUBA tanks. You can't learn guitar without these items.
Q: How soon can I see improvement?
A: Six days? Six weeks? Six months? It's really an impossible
question to answer. I can do exercises with you that will show
improvement in six seconds, if we just want to prove something.
If you're pretty new to the guitar or returning after a lengthy
layoff, your fingers will hurt. You will only be able to play for
a very short period. After about six to eight weeks you will develop
calouses on your fingertips, your fingers will become more limber
and you will begin to feel comfortable with the odd posture of
holding your guitar. After that initial, uncomfortable period,
progress will be more rapid.
Q: Will you teach me to play contemporary praise, or worship music?
A: Absolutely not. I don't do religious music.
Q: How can I find out if you're the right teacher for me?
A: Schedule an initial meeting with me.
There is no cost to you for that first meeting.
During that meeting, we'll discuss your goals and
my teaching methods. I'll examine your guitar and
take some measurements. If your instrument needs any
minor repairs or adjustments (they almost always do),
I'll recommend where you can have that done.
If you and I both agree that we are right for each other,
we can then schedule a time for regular, weekly lessons. I will not
take you on as a student if I don't think I can help
you. And I don't want you to take me on as a teacher
if you don't think I can help you.
Email is the BEST way to contact me.
I can check appointment
days and times much easier in email exchanges than when I'm
on the telephone. If you phone, and reach my voice mail, it's
likely because I'm teaching or performing.
During lessons or performances
the phone is OFF.