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Learn It All From Beginning Acoustic to Advanced Electric

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Over 40 Years Of Experience

Every Level Of Proficiency Has Many Questions

Learn From A Teacher Who Has Been Playing Since the early 1980’s

Nearly an endless amount of questions arise when studying the guitar. Should I play lefty or righty? How do I shop for a guitar? How do I tune one? What do beginners need to know first?

There are nearly endless options when it comes to guitars, pickups, strings, amps, pedals, tuners, capos, cases, straps, cords, and on and on. It can be daunting and confusing without proper guidance.

You’re not alone, and I get it. I’ve seen it over and over. I have been playing since the early 1980’s and I gave my first guitar lesson in 1989. I have helped thousands of people from all walks of life and nearly all ages learn to play the guitar.

While there are no shortcuts to guitar proficiency (and really anything in life), having the proper insights into all of the many facets of the guitar is helpful.

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Complete Guitar Lessons

What You Will Learn


Find Out How To Make It Easier

First off, the way your brain wants to move your hands on a day to day basis, while perfectly suited for everyday life, is actually opposite of how we need to move in order to properly play the guitar. Knowing and understanding this, coupled with exercises that reinforce this truth, are the first steps to improving your guitar playing.

Proper Exercises, Drills, Playing Along To Songs, & Music Theory

Fundamental exercises and proper technique, while not incredibly exciting, can get one on the right path and make the journey to guitar proficiency shorter and more fun. I have found that this, coupled with students learning the songs of their choice, to be a very satisfying and effective method of learning how to play. A little music theory, gently and properly presented, never hurt anyone either.

You Are In Good Hands

Many students have told me, after some time working with me, that they are amazed at their progress, or that they thought they would never be able to play as well as they can. Most of the credit goes to them for sure, but I'll take a little for clearly explaining what I know, and for gently pushing them in the right direction.

I've been playing shows and making records since 1987, and have witnessed and endured much over the years. I love to answer questions on all guitar and music related questions.

My Approach & More Lesson Information

I’ve taken hundreds and hundreds of guitar and vocal lessons in my life, and with over 35 years of guitar teaching experience, I have a firm grasp on what it means to both student and teacher.

Playing music both by yourself and with others is one of the most joyous and satisfying endeavors one can embark on. Music should be fun, and I embrace this ideal.

I always want students to have a good time at their lesson, even when they haven’t practiced. There is always something fun that we can work on. Over my many years of study with different instructors, I did not appreciate it when a teacher would yell or scold because I was not practicing enough, or was too slow to comprehend certain concepts or ideas.

I have always provided a calm, fun, nurturing, and relaxed atmosphere for my students to learn in. My job is to teach you what you want to learn, and to make sure that you have a good time doing it.

So, wherever you’re located, I think that you’ll find my online lessons enjoyable, entertaining, informative, and tailored to your needs.

Don’t just take my word for it. Check out my reviews, not only on this site, but on Google and Yelp as well.

What To Expect With Online Lessons

I have found online guitar lessons through Zoom are just as effective as in-person lessons. The process of overcoming the challenges associated with online learning has led me to discover new teaching techniques and new insights into how people learn. In addition, the extra time gained by not having to travel to the lesson each week, find a parking space, wait for a ride or bus obviously means extra time for practice or anything else that a student wants or needs to do.

Taking a lesson in the comfort of your own home (in your PJs if you want!) also reduces stress for many people. I’ve even given lessons to students while they are on vacation. I now have students all over the US and the world. Currently I give online lessons to students in New York, California, Texas, Kansas, Canada, Australia, Europe, and India.

My over 35 years of guitar teaching experience and my over 40 years of experience as an audio engineer have made the online lesson experience every bit as rich and fulfilling as in-person lessons. During online lessons, the smiles, the laughter, the fun, and the joy of making music together are present and every bit as real.

I have always offered an easy, affordable way for you to try 3 lessons. This gives you the chance to see if Zoom guitar lessons are for you. Send me a message through the contact page and we can find you an open time slot and get started.

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