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Accepting all, ages 2 to 120. In certain cases, I can come to you for an extra charge. In most cases, come to me. Consistent scheduling.

The short of it:

Guitar, Singing, Songwriting, Drumming lessons - scientifically and/or intuitively, whichever works for the individual. Timing is of paramount importance. I can guide you in the search for equipment. Accountability. Genuine encouragement. Respect. Discipline. True artistic expression. We'll develop the potential God gave you. $25 an hour. E-mail, then text, then call. Best to you all.

The TL;DR version:

Guitar - Fingerstyle / Plectrum primarily acoustic beginner/intermediate/expert, can help beginner to intermediate electric players as well. Show you how to choose and change out your own strings, tune properly, even work with various tunings if you're advanced enough or just plain interested.

Singing - choral, rock, grunge, pop styles, harmonies; discovering your vocal formant, vocal blending, pitch and pitch expansion, breathing, etc. Lots of breathing, timing, and pitch balance.

Songwriting - format, meter, story-telling (or not), writing for your voice or someone else's?; overcoming writer's block, brainstorming ideas, putting yourself in others' shoes, etc. Primarily working on the format and meter - people have a certain set of expectations, depending on your choice of delivery.

Drumming - proper stick holding/function, rudiments(one word to sum up a lot of work - you'll live here), time signatures (2/4,3/4,4/4, 8s, 16s, 7/8), coordination routines, playing with a metronome (the bane of drummers everywhere).

Timing is of course of paramount importance with all of these. Timing will be a major focus in all of these areas.

There will be homework. Yes, I will keep you accountable and help to encourage you to continue with a smile on my face.

Bring a notebook and a NICE pen with a folder for notes and even your own audio recorder (phone, Zoom, Olympus, etc...) Can help guide you in these areas as well.

I have acoustic guitars here if you traveling with one is not favorable for you. Prefer if you have one for your home practice routines. Bring your own sticks and practice pad - rudiments are not learned on a drum set. You can learn without a drum set; best if you have one to continue the enjoyment of the learning, unless you're really dedicated. Hand/eye/foot coordination is obviously best practiced on the drum set, but you will be hitting your drum set at home; not here.

I teach basic to intermediate music theory. I focus on it for those who enjoy it; for those who don't, I still require basic learning, primarily for communication.

Let's get you to where you feel led to be.

No drugs, no drinking, no foolishness; I understand bad days, that's okay, still show up for your benefit.

15 minute grace period on showing up on time for the appointment; or call 30 minutes ahead of time to let me know it's not happening today.

$25 / hour. Let me know what you can do and how often. I'll let you know how often you -should- do, at least at home/rehearsal space.

Renting my guitar for practice is $10 a day. I can also help guide you to buying a guitar on the cheap that isn't completely useless.

E-mail me first, then text, then call... and tell me what your vision is. I don't want to hear about dreams... I want to know your vision, your goal. If you don't know the difference, that will be part of our lesson plan then. A few of you will flourish. Not all of you will. So it goes. It's up to you.

P.S. -- Best to all of you... and remember, being led to write and/or perform music is not the same thing as being led to become famous. Those are two different creatures. If you're trying to get famous, this is not the best way by a long shot. Get into politics, cooking, make video games/apps, or film yourself being a complete bozo... Those are the ways to get famous right now. Those are the modern day "rock stars". If you want to be an individual who expresses one's self and wants the potential to have a lowly but fulfilling career sharing that expression with others, then we can work with that.

Shoot for the stars, sure, but don't shoot into the blackness of space.

As a bonus for reading all of this (whew!), I will let you know that I can teach you how to record and produce your own audio recordings with minimal expense for hardware and with a few good relatively obscure programs. Primarily for demo/shopping/sharing purposes, also useful for YouTube (I can help you learn how to crunch your videos to small file sizes for faster uploading...) if that ever becomes your fancy.

  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

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