Most of my students start as beginners; they don't know anything about their instrument.
Guitar, Mandolin and Ukulele: You only need to learn two or three chords to play many songs. You'll get a chance to play your first song by the second week.
Bass Guitar: Same as the other stringed instruments, but instead of playing chords (groups of strings), you will start by playing one note at a time.
If you practice and continue with music lessons, you can expect not only to play songs that you enjoy, but to be able to create your own music and jam with others. I believe all my students have this potential.
Here is an outline of the first two lessons for beginners:
Students that practice are guaranteed to grow as musicians. That's why there's no risk for your first lesson.
If you're not 100% satisfied at the end of your first lesson, I won't charge you. It's that simple.
Want to know more about the techniques and styles we will cover? Read the next section. Can't wait to get started? Call me today!
Learn about music theory and why it's important.
Let's say you can strum some chords and know a few songs, but you don't know most music theory.
How can music theory help you?
Music theory can help you explain what you are playing, jam with others, create your own music and analyze songs.
I can't tell you how many times students have thanked me once they start to learn theory and learned to apply it to examples and songs. The response is usually something like “now I see how the pieces start to fit together.”
I learned to play by ear at first and there's nothing wrong with that. I even wrote my first songs before I knew any music theory! However, I reached a point where I needed to know more than just a few chords. Ever since then it's been so much easier to jam with other people and improvise.
Music theory gives you the language to describe your ideas to other musicians. It makes it easier to change something in a song or to cover a song in your own style. It helps you build your own style of playing, rather than just copying what you hear. It helps you construct your own riffs and understand how to fit them into a song.
Feeling stuck in your playing?
When you study with me, you will ultimately develop a system of knowledge that leads to mastery of your instrument. This will help you express yourself musically, to the fullest of your potential.
I can show you how to use a computer to compose your music. For example, the free program Audacity.
Got a loop pedal or other effects pedals that you want to learn how to use? Let's wipe the dust off those instruction manuals and I'll show you how to get the most out of your effect pedals!
As a composer, I always analyze songs from a songwriter's perspective. I can show you how songwriters think. For example, I can help you with ideas for accompaniment for your songs. I can show you how to count time in the song (understand the time signature and count the bars and beats for each section.)
I've seen my students go from struggling to switch chords to performing at open mics. I can keep you in the loop about good open mics, drum circles, and music-related events in the Cleveland area and help you get ready to perform in front of a live audience, if that's your goal. I encourage my students to take advantage of opportunities such as open mics, live-music events and shows at music venues.
In other words, no one will teach you the same things, in the same order and give you
the same feedback as I would. Every lesson is a unique experience.
Read about the benefits of a music education
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Want to try a music lesson this week? You will never look at your instrument the same way again.
Already play the guitar, bass or drums and know some music theory? Maybe there is a style or technique that
you need help with. Maybe you need help improvising and jamming with someone. Try one lesson; perhaps there
is something I can show you that you don't know already. Perhaps you are an guitar player looking to get
better at drums. Or a drummer trying to learn guitar or bass to write songs. I can help. There is no risk;
if you are not satisfied at the end of your first lesson then there is no charge.
Play another instrument in a band or in orchestra? I've worked with students that were going to college for music performance and it's amazing how fast these students picked up guitar and drums! If you don't own a guitar or drum set, I have one that you can use during the lesson.