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TEACHING METHODS & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Where are you located?
My lesson studio is located in the second floor of 370 Market Street, Lemoyne, PA 17043. Please see my Contact page for more information.

What styles of music do you teach?
That depends upon the student’s interests. Each student is different in terms of skills and goals, so lessons are customized to meet a student’s individual needs. I take a flexible approach and many students become proficient in multiple styles. Excluding sub-genres, the styles I usually teach are as follows:
Rock -- Jazz -- Blues -- Pop -- Metal -- Classical -- Fingerstyle -- Funk

What are lessons like?
Lessons are very musical in nature and often employ computer based aids, as described below, to assist each student to fully explore his or her potential. Additionally, the foundations and theory of music are explored in depth. Students learn to play by immediately applying the concepts taught. This approach makes learning music both fun and rewarding. It also prepares students for real-life playing situations. As students absorb the language of music, they are encouraged to explore their own creativity in terms of songwriting and improvisation.

How is the computer used to enhance lessons?
I use a Macbook computer and studio equipment during lessons. This allows me to use recorded programs, backing tracks, MIDI, and similar elements. With these tools, it's possible to create the atmosphere of an entire rhythm section so that my students and I can participate in comprehensive jam sessions. The computer also allows me to demonstrate how the home recording process works, providing support for those students who aspire to create their own music.

How much do lessons cost?
Lessons are $25 for a 1/2 hour session, and students attend four lessons each month. This fee also includes all lesson materials which students will receive each lesson. Lesson materials are of the highest quality and include sheet music, printed, and digital materials. (Due to a high volume of students, I may not be able to offer hour-long sessions.)

What is a typical student’s lesson schedule?
Lessons are provided 4 times per month and are booked for the same time every week. If there is a fifth week for your slot in that month, there will be no lesson in the fifth week or it may be used for a make-up session.

I play guitar and/or bass already. Are lessons worth it?
Many guitar and bass players have studied their instrument but lack a complete understanding of music theory. However, a good foundation in music theory is the key to understanding how music really works. If you decide to take guitar lessons or bass lessons with me, I will teach you music theory and new techniques of playing the instrument you love. If you already have experience playing a guitar or bass, this knowledge can open up worlds of possibilities.

Do you teach beginners?
My goal is to provide quality guitar instruction to students of all levels. Both new students ready to begin the learning process, as well as students with prior experience, will benefit from individually tailored lessons. Even the best musicians once started as beginners!

Do you sell gift certificates?
I do sell gift certificates and they make great gifts! Please feel free to call or e-mail me for more details. My contact information is found on the Contact page.

What kinds of techniques do you teach?
The following is a partial list of guitar techniques that I am prepared to cover. The specific techniques covered for each student depend on the student's individual interests.