CLEVELAND GUITAR AND DRUM LESSONS

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F.A.Q.    Frequently Asked Questions


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How can i get better at guitar or drums?

Repetition is the key. Practice a little bit everyday if you can; rather than waiting all week and practicing once or twice for a longer amount of time.

What are your group rates?

You can split an hour lesson between two or more people, within reason. For example, you could have one person learn guitar, another learn drums, and another learn bass guitar; each person might take 20 minutes of an hour lesson. Another example is one student might split an hour lesson between drums and guitar and learn both instruments.

What is a good age to start guitar?

You need to be about seven or eight before you grow big enough to hold a 3/4 size guitar.

I believe you are never too old to learn something new.

Should I start on an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar? What is
the difference?

They are basically the same; you can learn on either one.

What about bass guitar?

The bass guitar has four strings instead of six and is tuned an octave lower. The first four strings on the bass from low to high are E A D G; just like the guitar; but tuned an octave down.
 
Are there some people that just don't have that "natural ability" to learn
guitar or drums?

I believe anyone can learn how to play guitar, bass or drums. It just takes an interest in the instrument, practice and the right teacher to help you along.

I've been playing for a while, mostly self taught. I'd like to go back and
learn the theory that I missed. Do your lessons offer music theory?

Yes. You will learn the "why" of guitar or drums and how it all fits together.

Do you teach different styles; blues; folk, rock; reggae; funk, jazz, etc?

Yes! I love all these styles.

Can I learn a song by my favorite band or songwriter?

Of course! From the very first lesson I ask what your goals are. If you ever want to learn a specific song or music by a particular band, let me know and we will learn it the next week, or build up to the point where you are ready to learn it.

What type of songs do you teach?

The short answer is; whatever you want.

The longer answer is that I've noticed that many of my students, especially the younger generation aren't really sure what bands they like or even what type of music they enjoy. They are open to learning about the roots of American and World music. Therefore, in my lessons I pick songs from artists that continue to influence countless musicians. This is by no means an extensive or complete list...

Kids: Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, folk singers, kids songs, ballads, funny and quirky songs, Chuck Berry, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, CCR, etc.

Adults: Whatever you want. If you are interested in a specific genre or style of music, I can suggest songs that are good examples of that style. I can teach flatpicking, fingerstyle, slide guitar, open tunings; you name it.

Any other questions? Don't be afraid to ask.