F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions
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Lessons During Pandemic F.A.Q.
Due to the pandemic, all my lessons are online till further notice. You can still succeed at music during these difficult times!
How do the online lessons work?
We will meet by video conference call on Facetime or Skype. Both are free apps.
Which app should I use?
Non Apple computers/laptops and non Apple tablets: Skype
Ipads and Macs: Facetime or Skype
Which device should I use?
You should use the device with the biggest screen, at your convenience. Desktop computers, laptops and tablets work better than phones.
Are you offering online lessons for adults and kids?
Yes, for both.
For younger students, 11 is the minimum age for online instruction.
Parents will be responsible for answering the call at the beginning of each session, and logging off at the end of each session.
Before we start, parents will receive more information about the parent and student expectations for online lessons.
Are the online lessons one on one instruction?
Yes. You will still receive the benefits of one on one instruction from me!
What is the curriculum for the online lessons?
The curriculum and my teaching methods for the online lessons are almost exactly the same as my in-home/in-studio lessons. I try to make it as fun and easy as possible to get started learning music with me during our video conference call! You will learn your favorite songs, music theory, vocabulary, rhythms and skills to play guitar, drums or any instrument that I teach.
Do I need anything else besides my instrument and device?
Just like my in-person lessons, you will take notes in a regular, full sized notebook.
You should have access to a printer. That way I can send you learning materials and songs to print every two to three weeks or so. I can help you pick out the best type of printer if you don't have one yet (monochrome laserjet.) You can find one for between $50-100.
Can I learn drums?
Yes, the way I teach works great for learning drums online. You will have your own drum set to practice on at home. I can help you find an inexpensive regular or electronic drum kit if you don't have one already.
Are there advantages to your online lessons?
One advantage I've discovered with my online lessons is that my students will end up taking more of their own notes. Writing things down and drawing diagrams, these all help you learn music better!
Another advantage is less time wasted. You will be asked to tune your guitar before the lesson. And both myself and the student will be ready at the start of the lesson, so you don't waste time packing and unpacking your instrument, etc. That means more time for you to receive instruction.
A third advantage is for adult students that live far away from my studio. You can now take an online lesson instead of driving to me.
Is there any disadvantage to your online lessons?
I have not found drop outs or screen freezing to be an issue. A standard internet connection is fine.
The only thing I can think of is that there is a lag time, so obviously for advanced students, we cannot jam in real time. But for beginner or intermediate students, that is not a problem. I will play something. Then you play it after me. It goes back and forth like a conversation. You will get the hang of it and succeed at music! As long as you practice during the week.
I really want to get started, but I'm not sure if online lessons are for me? Am I the right kind of student for online lessons?
I'd say 95% of the students that come to me for in-person lessons will succeed just as well with online lessons. You still get the same one on one instruction. I speak clearly and articulate every word, so that even older adults that are hard of hearing can hear me. You will have diagrams and notes to help you. I often adjust the camera view so you can see a close up of what I'm playing and explaining. And learning from me step by step is much better than trying to learn of YouTube.
The problem with trying to learn off YouTube is you will quickly reach an information overload, because you won't be going step by step. Also many of the videos are boring. For example, instead of watching a YouTube video where the guy tells you where to put your fingers for twenty minutes, and you have to constantly pause and rewind, you can learn the same information from me in less than five minutes, because you will have the foundation to build on. This foundation includes things like TAB (tablature) which is a great and easy way to read guitar music by numbers.
If you are unsure, ask yourself, am I a self motivated learner who needs weekly guidance and feedback from an instructor? Am I willing to practice every week, at least 15-30 minutes every day or almost every day?
If for some reason you are not 100% happy at the end of your first online lesson, I won't charge you. Unlike some music schools that make you commit to an entire semester!
If you would rather wait, and you would like me to contact you when in-person lessons resume, you can email me and I will put you on the contact list.
How do I get started?
The easiest way to get started is to give me a call at 440-785-7897, or email me your number. Feel free to email me with any other questions.
Your health and safety is my top priority. Music can provide stress relief, and something to do during these difficult times. It has definitely helped me and my students cope. Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep practicing!
Need help purchasing an instrument? I can help you find an instrument online with free shipping, so you don't even have to go to a music store.
Parents: Check out the Parent's Guide.
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 person learn drums, and they could split an hour lesson. Another
example is one student might split a forty-five minute or 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. The youngest that I teach is ten.
I believe you are never too old to learn something new.
Should I start on an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar? What is
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
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
Any other questions? Don't be afraid to ask.