Every student is unique; every student deserves a unique experience. In order to provide a unique learning experience that fits the needs of each individual student, a teacher should be well-versed in as wide a range of pedagogical methodologies and musical styles as possible. I have a Doctorate in Music (Guitar and Music Theory), over ten years of teaching experience, and more than 20 years experience playing and performing on guitar. I take the time to get to know you, to learn your music, and teach it to you in the way you will understand.
You should expect professional, personalized, and engaging lessons each week. And ask any of my other students: you'll have lots of fun too!
Open to absolute beginners and experts alike, in the comfort of your own home - Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Olympia, and surrounding areas in Washington.
Classical Guitar is a great place to start for complete beginners of guitar because it provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of both music and the guitar. It's also incredibly rewarding for the advanced student who enjoys a challenge. Many guitarists, already accomplished in other approaches to playing guitar, choose to study classical guitar to develop their technique, reading ability, and musical interpretation. More often than not though, people are drawn to classical guitar because of the richness of the music.
Classical music isn't one genre, after all, but a contemporary canon assembled of countless genres. Classical guitar then, is an approach to playing guitar that engages with the classical music tradition, emphasizing excellence in musical interpretation and execution. We play music from Bach, to Britten, to Beatles, and more in both directions.
Many hold the notion that classical guitar is more about "technique" than other approaches to playing guitar. In fact, excellence in musical interpretation, whatever the genre, requires technique, which may mean many different things depending on the genre (compare the stunning fluidity of a jazz guitarist to the wizardry of an electric guitar shredder). Both have amazing technique, no? But their technique is markedly different. Here's where my concept of classical guitar as an approach to playing guitar comes in. Any exercises I invite you to work on will be chosen to meet a specific musical need; whenever possible, we will work with actual music to develop the skills you need. No boring exercises for the sake of technique! (Unless you want to...trust me, I have plenty).
The basics: chords, melodies, strumming, fingerstyle, reading, singing. These lessons are the perfect place for you if you want a strong foundation for any style of guitar playing (rock, pop, folk, indie, singer-songwriter, jazz, classical, fingerstyle, campfire, etc). With expertise in nylon, steel string, and electric techniques, plus lots of patience and attention to detail, I make sure you learn the right way from the beginning.
I've taught beginning guitar classes at three universities and collected a repertory of books and songs which I use when teaching beginners. I also learn any song you want to learn, walk you through the learning process (uncovering fundamental principles of music, technique, and composition along the way), and teach you to play the song at whatever level you're at.
You'll learn all the basics for the styles you like. You'll do so primarily by playing music, not exercises. And you'll have tons of fun!